Yesterday we had our first rainfall in about six months. The rain lasted for about ten minutes and I sensed everything - the birds, the grass, the people - sighing in welcome relief. All I can say is what everyone else around town is saying, too: "Karibu, mvua - Welcome, rainy season!" The last few days have been really hot. Once the short rainy season gets underway, the heat should be tempered somewhat.
I find it interesting that Tanzanians don't talk much about the air temperature being hot or humid. The most common weather remark (other than encouraging the rains to get their party started) is that that it's "jua kali - the sun is sharp". I love that phrasing because it is so accurate; the tropical sun is very sharp.
I took this picture when we were going for a walk this weekend. You can see how dry and dusty it is.