Spring has made it to Madrid. It’s been in the 20s C (70s F) at midday for the last five days, and it isn’t supposed to get any cooler any time soon.

Glorieta de Quevedo, Monday 12 March, 15:30. 21 degrees C.

As beautiful as it is, people are worried about the drought and the amount of pollution hanging over the city (from the outskirts looking back toward town, it looks like a big yellow mushroom). And shallow people like me are trying to figure out how to dress. Not easy when it’s cool to cold at night and in the early morning, and warm to really warm at midday. My solution so far is to buy lacy tights and wear the heck out of my lightweight wool blazer. Other suggestions much appreciated. Also, rain dances on our behalf gratefully accepted.