Early spring in Cyprus has almost invariably been the herald of our long, hot summer. By mid February the first almond trees blossom resisting the cold or the rain and decorating an almost arid land with their gorgeous pink and white flowers.
After the countryside has been drenched with much needed water, the magic begins. It never ceases to amaze me how plants can withstand such intense changes in temperature, yet still survive. Once the middle of March arrives, every wild flower imaginable literally springs into life and the countryside is awash with the most amazing kind of flora. Temperatures go up to 20-23 Celcius (70-73 F) . We get rid of jumpers, coats and boots and change into lighter, more summery clothes.
This year, however, spring hasn't come yet and it's already mid March. Despite some sunny intervals, it's still as cold as in February and we're in for a cold spell at the weekend with temps going down to 12-14 C (45-50 F). I've been living in Larnaca since 1985 and have never seen such a rainy and cold winter. Right now March feels like January or February. The Halcyon Days we normally get in late January or early February are gone with the wind.
Yet, the pink and white blossoms of the almond tree do not fear this unusually cold weather.