So, how about that heat this weekend?
Sometimes summer eases its way back from the blue, with a gentle increase in temperature making the arrival barely perceptible.
Other times it arrives, drops its towel, and isn’t at all bothered that we’re not quite ready for the full frontal.
This year it’s clearly the latter, because this weekend the heat was cranked right up, and tourists who decided to visit our shores were treated to scenes usually reserved for the December through January rush.
Real estate battles on the beach, scrambles for parking, the late afternoon post-sunburn shuffle to the car amidst whispers of ignored sunscreen advice – all the usual culprits.
One weekend does not a summer arrival make, but then we cast our eyes forward to the week that lies ahead.
Whilst we’re not cracking 30, it’s unlikely that we will see so much as a drop of rain, and temperatures will be in the pleasant early-20s range throughout the week.
That means we can now bust out the ribbon cutters and – drumroll please – declare summer open.
Allow us to recommend two things that are going to make your life far easier this summer. First of all, if heading in the direction of Camps Bay, consider taking an Uber.
The fight for parking is not how you want to start your day, and it also means you can get stuck in when you make your way off the beach.
A simple stroll to Cafe Caprice, a few cocktails, one of their famous burgers (don’t forget about their 2-for-1 Tuesday special), and the perfect place to watch the sun go down.
What else could you want?
Their resident DJs fill the space with laid-back music from Thursday to Sunday, with a deep, chilled house soundtrack, and you get to watch the world go by with a drink or two in hand.
It’s what summers in Cape Town are really all about. Well, that and watching British tourists burn to a crisp because they threw around the randelas the night before, whilst laughing at the exchange rate.
Wear sunscreen, friends.
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