I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Rubi, weren’t you complaining about the rain in Spain not so long ago?” You’re right. I was.

The thing is, it’s barely rained at all for over a month. The reservoirs are at perilously low levels. And in a city like Madrid, which is prone to a phenomenon called “thermal inversion,” the dust and pollution can reach toxic levels very quickly. We need regular rain to wash the air clean.

So hurrah for the rain! Hurrah for a return to invisible air! Hurrah for not smelling like a tail-pipe when you get home from a walk!

Just don’t stick around for ever, rain.