In the Northern Hemisphere, many people refer to the end of summer as the “dog days of summer.” It’s the time of year when the days are hot, sultry, and long. The expression is originally an astrology reference that dates back to ancient Rome & Greece.
Even though our location is in the Southern Hemisphere, and the astrology background of the expression doesn’t apply, the sentiment certainly does.
It’s not hot here like it is in the Southern US, where the humidity, dew point, and temperatures skyrocket, but it’s still hot! Temperatures here will reach the 90s (32*C) for the first time this year this week. Since it’s the dry season, there usually isn’t a cloud in the sky, and that means there is no interruption from the intense sun unless you are standing under the canopy. The humidity is also very low, so it is significantly cooler near the trees or creeks. The low humidity also means it still cools off substantially at night to the upper 60s (20*C).
The elephants seem to instinctively know what to do in this weather. They spend most of the days napping or lazing in the water, mud, or shade. They are incredibly active at night when it’s cooler.
It’s also the last stretch of the dry season and the time of year when everyone starts dreaming of the first real rain. Unlike those in the Northern Hemisphere, we are even dreaming about a little bit of humidity.
Photo of a very wet Rana, immediately after cooling off in the sprinkler.