Friday, 6 April 2012
Let's talk about the weather....
Although to be honest, since moving to Turkey, there hasn't been much to talk about. Until recently. Weather here had always been so predictable and there wasn't a great deal you could say about it other than summers are hot, particularly July and August. Spring and Autumn are very warm and pleasant. Winter weather is different, depending on the area. Here it can be mild most of the time, chilly sometimes, and there's a fair amount of rain during January and February. In other areas, for example Cappadocia, where we lived for 4 years, winters are very cold with lots of snow.
The British will always find something about the weather to discuss, because it is so unpredictable. I understand that those of you in the UK have enjoyed a heatwave over the past few weeks, but now snow has arrived in some parts. That must have been a bit of a shock.
Unpredictable weather has arrived in Turkey during the past year. Until recently you could walk outside in the morning, look at the sky, and know exactly what the weather would be for that day. Not any more.
Spring should be well and truly here now, with the promise of Summer only days or weeks away, but for a while now we have had the odd day when it feels like Spring, only to revert back to Winter the following day. I've lost count of the number of times in recent weeks that I have removed the electric blanket from the bed, only to replace it again the following day. I've packed away winter clothes and unpacked summer ones over and over again, and have now reached the point where all my clothes are back in the wardrobe, because I have no idea what to wear each day.
Yesterday was a good example. It was very warm. Temperatures were up in the 20s. I was out in the garden wearing a t-shirt. By mid-afternoon, dark clouds appeared with the promise of rain, and the temperature dropped. It rained early evening for a couple of hours, and when it stopped, gale force winds arrived, and have been raging all night. But it was warm..too warm for the electric blanket so I removed it before going to bed.
It's now almost 7am. It's daylight. It's still very windy and it's suddenly cold. I've been outside with the dogs and I've put the electric blanket back on the bed. This is where I'll stay for the next couple of hours until I know whether I will be wearing a t-shirt or a thick sweater today.