The weather in this place is seriously weird. Three days ago snow was falling by the ton. Two days ago the temperatures stayed at -11C and everything and everyone was frozen solid. Yesterday afternoon the residents of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk looked out their windows to find the temperature several degrees above zero and a steady drizzle coming down, and today it’s still raining. It’s like being back in the UK.
All the snow is melting and turning to slush underfoot, and the steady drip-drip-drip of meltwater onto window ledges sounds like machinegun fire. Spring has arrived, at least temporarily, four months too early. No doubt the temperature will plunge below freezing again in the next few days, causing the whole town to be covered in sheet ice which is like walking on soapy glass, and sending any foolish bear who’s woken from his hibernation straight back to his sleeping bag.
Just as I was finishing writing this, it started snowing heavily with big, fat, old fashioned snowflakes. Normal service is resumed.
The view from my back window now looks like this.