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Here we are, end of March. And its freezing cold, at least from my point of view, in the UK. Yesterday I talked with my family in Spain and they said it was almost like summer. How I miss that. A moment ago I could see through the big windows in my small studio how it started hailing. And moments after that sudden storm, sunshine. Crazy weather. Also at the end of March, some years ago, I took this picture in a park nearby my place Madrid. My interest for taking pictures had just started. The image itself may not be the best one, but while I was browsing today old pictures in my flickr account, deleting some old ones I don’t want to see again, I found it, and I thought these colours mean spring more that the grey view I have from my window now. Oh, it has changed again!

This days are hot here in UK. In a way, its different to what I’m used to in Madrid, where the weather is less humid. With just above 20ºC there is a quite summery sensation. More if it is a sunny day. Reach 30ºC and they call it heat wave. Ha!, in Madrid we usually get to 40ºC and in some parts of the south of Spain even a bit more. But it feels completely different. Any way, what I think we have missed this year is a proper winter. These pictures are from a few years ago, where we had a proper snow falls. I remember that some airports were closed, and satellite pictures of the British islands entirely covered in snow made the news. It felt really much colder than in Madrid. Although winters in Madrid are usually cold enough. Something that still is surprising to some people I speak to.

…is mostly cloudy, always. Don’t underestimate the British weather. Even British people hate it. After a few years here I understand why they come to Spain for holidays or retirement. Why as soon there is a bit of sun, they all go outside to catch a bit of energy from our star. Winters are miserable, someone told me when I arrived here.

When I first came here, in summer, it was glorious!. In Madrid we were having 38 degrees and here almost 20 something. My family and friends in Madrid were sweating like pigs and I was riding my bike along the town with a perfect breeze of fresh air in my face. That was the last glorious British summer I’ve seen here. I don’t know what happened the other next ones, but to me they weren’t summers. And it is said that I live in the driest area of the UK! We have had even a drought alert! This people don’t know what a real drought is… Yes, it is true that it doesn’t rain as often as in other places in the UK, but there is a constant humidity, and sometimes drizzle, that mixed with cold temperatures and constant grey skies makes Winters…. miserable indeed.

My wife loves to watch weather forecasts. I don’t know why, everybody has their own hobbies and interests. I think she is going to start a blog about the subject. I will keep you posted about it. Her favourite website is BBC Weather. In Spain, this things are terribly boring. Everyday almost the same. Today: sun, Tomorrow: more sun, the same one as today, etc. Here, the weather can change  a lot during the day. That say of “Four seasons in a day” is absolutely true.  A few days ago we had periods of  sun, rain and snow changing every one or two hours, in the same day. It was maddening. Here you don’t know exactly what to wear in the mornings, but it is advised to have some layered clothes, just in case, so you can start peeling yourself like an onion. If you wear sunglasses in the morning, later in the day they may be of no use at all.

But I am adapting slowly to this situation, I think. I can ride my bike in the worst snowy day without complaining (almost, only falling to the ground once or twice per year). I’m still not able to go out in T-Shirt this wintry days, neither my wife can wear mini skirts and beach sandals, as people do here when the sun shines a bit with below zero temperatures. But, when I go to Spain now, I found it a bit warmer than before, even in winter. Maybe it is that climate change thing, I’m not sure. Sometimes, at home, I point a hair dryer to my face, remembering how summers were in Spain. I even start to appreciate the weather forecasts…

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