One of the first things that I packed for our trip was the umbrella. I was told that Kaliningrad gets a lot of rain in summer but I was not quite sure what to expect. I remember asking Andrey: “What is the weather like in summer?”. He just laughed and told me that I can expect rain, thunderstorms and wind.
Now that we are here I understand exactly what he was talking about. It is in fact the strangest weather that I have ever experienced. Temperatures vary between 17 and 32 degrees Celsius. Thunderstorms are not uncommon and some days the wind blow you away. Many times terrible weather prevented us from going to beach, only to clear up within an hour, forcing you to take a hat and sunscreen.
Now we have decided to go anyway. The weather will clear up eventually.
The one thing you never leave the house without is your umbrella. We have been caught a couple of times in the rain – the umbrella safely tucked away in the kitchen. There is not much that you can do in that situation. You run for cover or get soaked.
I took these photos from our apartment window on such a day. The lucky ones had umbrellas. The not so lucky got soaked in the rain.
When: 9 July 2012