The weather has been disgustingly hot over the last few days.
Last week, my bike had some problems that I couldn't fix, so I took it to the shop, but a chain of unfortunate events has prevented me from picking it up yet. So after my driving test, I walked the three miles to work in the baking midday sun.
Determined to avoid repeating the experience in the afternoon, I decided to stay in the office until the promised clouds arrived.
Now I'm normally good at reading the weather, even in Gloucester where it's much less predictable than in Wales. Unfortunately, the windows in my office are not close to me and the glass is tinted, making it hard to tell what's going on.
So I missed the signs, and by the time I saw the sky outside had gone dark, there was thunder and lightning directly overhead. The heavens would open within ten minutes. I realised I was far too late to make it home dry, so I went for the bus instead. Even that was futile, because when I got outside I could smell that rain was imminent. It took me one minute to run to the bus stop, and by the time I got there the rain had started, and it was those huge raindrops you get at the start of an epic midsummer storm.
Anyway, even though I got pretty damp, I've been loving the rain because it's such a relief from the heat.