In my grand total of 3+ years in Dakar, I’ve picked up the following weather wisdom.

“It always rains at least once before the 4th of July.”

So far, it’s been true each year. Right up until the very last moment, you’re convinced the sky couldn’t possibly produce a raindrop before you eat that grilled hamburger. But then it does!

And after we’ve all sweated ourselves silly over the coming months, remember this little end of hot season lesson.

It gets hotter and hotter until late October. Then sometime in November, it gets still. For two weeks, not a breeze. Just stifling heat. But that’s good, because you know that after the stillness comes a cool breeze and the heat eases up.

(Oh, and by Christmas, you’ll have worn a sweater at least once.)