Woke up this morning to overcast skies, which is very unusual for this time of the year. This part of the country is summer rainfall area. Come winter, come the long dry months. This year is very different.
In a dry country such as ours we don't complain too much if it rains. Un-seasonal rains bring their own set of problems though. At this time of the year farmers should be burning fire-breaks to prevent runaway veld-fires. But the grass is still too damp. End of July, through August into September is our fire season. From the end of July hot dry winds start blowing of the Berg turning the veld into tinder. Once a fire starts and fanned by the wind, nothing but good fire-breaks can stop it. Sometimes even fire-breaks don't help much.
With the good rains we've had this summer there is lots of combustible material out in the veld. What we need now is a couple of nights of heavy frost to help the drying process so farmers can burn fire-breaks.