Sunday, June 05, 2011

Tirana's weather

Albania is in the Mediterranean zone, but, this year, the locals are calling its incredibly variable daily weather: tropical.

Since my arrival almost a month ago the early and midday sun beats down with vengeance, and a hat or parasol become a necessity when walking. Punctually, however, by late afternoon dark clouds blow into the city from behind the Dajti mountain chain, and the skies begin to rumble.
About half an hour of thunder and lightning are followed by a good downpour that clears and refreshes the polluted air, and provides a wonderful shower for all the greenery in the city parks and along all boulevards, which is thriving beautifully.
The wet occurrence usually ends before the evening sets in, and, after a short rainbow show, sunset displays its wonderful late day colors.

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