still, the sun has no regard
for Autumn’s winds.
When Matsuo Basho wrote these lines in the seventeenth century he probably wasn’t expressing concern about climate change. My guess is that they had just had a long hot Summer in Japan, with the canicular heat extending into Autumn. Something that happens often enough in Spain. In fact the first time I came to live in Spain, now more than two decades ago, I arrived in early October from Dublin where the Autumn had been particularly cold and beautiful, the streets awash with a golden tide of fallen leaves; in the North of Spain however the trees were green and Summer still reigned, with barely a cloud in the sky. I was a little surprised as I had read that the climate of Northern Spain, though warmer, was somewhat similar to that of Ireland. And that year Summer continued to reign in November, and even into December.. and by then even the locals were saying what a strange year it was. It was January when at last the Winter arrived and it rained.
While that year was exceptional, it’s not unusual for the sun to continue beating down thru September, though there are also years when the rain beats down.. but this year is a little out of the ordinary in that, at the end of a relatively cool Summer, the sun has so utterly dominated the skies of September that there have hardly been clouds and not a single drop of rain anywhere in the Guadarrama. The driest September on record.* And no change into the first week of October, the cold North wind returns but the sun goes on.. relentless, beating down.
*The driest September in the Sierra de Guadarrama since records have existed. The driest in Spain since 1988. Look at the Aemet report.