We’ve had some great cold Spring days these last months, but now as we move into the longest days of the year it seems that Summer has finally arrived. Apart from the obvious rise in temperatures over the last week, an almost indubitable proof that the warm weather is here to stay is the presence in our skies of that wonderful bird that in English we aptly call the swift, Apus apus (in Spanish vencejo). The swift is a migratory bird who disappears even from the South of Spain in Autumn, seeking African warmth for the Winter, and returns in late Spring to spend the Summer with us in Europe. There is no surer sign of Summer in Madrid than the noisy high-speed presence of these insect-chasing birds darting along the airways of our streets, inches from building fronts, even skimming the ground, in what seems to be an orgy of pleasure in flight. From their point of view it’s probably more a question of work..they are hunting and eating, filling their little bellies full of insects. We humans might also perceive a love of pleasure in their preference for warm temperatures. European swallows (golondrinas) also migrate Southwards before the arrival of the cold, but some remain in the relatively mild South of Spain. Not so the swifts..they head not only across the straits but South as far as the Equator!
Epicurean or not, the swifts only hang out where it’s warm.. so, as i said before, they are a sure sign that Summer is here to stay.. right? Well, i don’t know..if that’s the case, how come aemet is forecasting a drop in temperatures of up to 10ºC next Monday/Tuesday? Weird weather!
PS: Sun 16 June, that forecast drop in maximum temperatures is now 14ºC..today’s maximums: Madrid 35ºC, Cercedilla 27ºC, and Tuesday’s maximums: Madrid 21ºC, Cercedilla 13ºC.