MADRILEÑOS AND THEIR SUNNY AUTUMN: AREN’T THEY BLESSED!

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Afternoon sun dapples trees in front of the Royal Palace in early Fall

 

By Chris Collins

Now that the Fall equinox has come and we’re calendarwise in Autumn, what’s going on in Madrid these days to mark the otoño? Not much! We’re getting great warm weather. Coolish in spots. This Sunday HOTTISH. Sunny!

It’s almost still summer, though while some of us keep on walking around in shorts and open-toed sandals, others have dug out their Autumn gear in defiance of the temperatures that hover around the low 30’s Celsius at noon, their light jackets slung on their shoulders.

Busker at Plaza Mayor one fine day in September

The 30°s temperatures will hold till the end of September.

What have we done to deserve all these blessings? Not much either. But we’re thankful.

They say that for a major capital in Europe, Madrid doesn’t really have much to offer; other capitals offer much more. Hah! How about all that sun! Top that up with our famous alegría de vivir, so palpable up and down Gran Via, around Puerta del Sol, the Plaza Mayor and many other places in the city and you’ve got an unbeatable capital. And since it’s contagious, it rubs in on our visitors.  We give them our joy.

That’s why they keep coming. And we’re glad.

So cheers! Enjoy sunny Madrid. Join the madrileños!

Once October sets in the temperatures will coast down to the low 20°s but you can still rely on the good old sun to dapple dark corners though sometimes only after a hard-won battle with the clouds — and the boina of course, that cursed “beret” of pollution that hangs over Madrid now and then. Well, that’s why they’re semi-pedestrianizing Gran Via. To help drive away the pall.

We won’t see rain till the 15th.     

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Images
Featured image: Royal Palace, Madrid/Alejandro Montes, CC BY2.0
Busker/BluEyedA73, CC-By2.0

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