Yolkobsens, like all Canadians, love to talk about the weather. What would an elevator ride or wait at the bus stop be without an exchange about the slush, anticipated slush and record slush? Today, in Antigua Guatemala, the conversation is about peach blossoms and yes Guatemala weather.
Ask any native of Antigua Guatemala and they will tell you there are two seasons here: winter and summer. We are currently in the mid-summer cycle of life here.
In any case, many call this part of Weather Guatemala “The Land of Eternal Spring.” We went to the market this sun-dappled morning and came home with armfuls of pink “durazno” (peach) blossoms clustered in delicate sprays.
Temperatures today, (late January cusping on February): a high of 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) and a low of 59 degrees F (15 degrees C).
Every morning: While there is the odd hazy day, most mornings dawn with warm and gentle light playing on the colonial walls of this 400-plus-year-old town. To anyone from the Northeast of the US or Toronto, Canada, for example, every day would feel like a really fine day in May. The sun warms you as you walk, but hasn’t gotten to the mercury-rush temperatures that await you in, say, June.
Afternoon: Now when you walk on the sunny side of the street, it feels like an intense heat force, rivaling the impact of your Northern August version, without the humidity. Step over to the shaded side of the street and you (if you’re a woman) will be glad you brought a sweater along. I
Evening and nighttime: You can almost set your clock here by the quick drop in temperature that starts at 4 p.m. Often the wind picks up a cooling rush and sends it out suddenly. By the time it’s dark here at 6 p.m., you are needing a thin extra layer, aka, a sweater or a lovely hand woven Guatemalan shawl you picked up at the market.
Satisfaction, comfort and “hurrah!” factor: Massive. But you knew that, right?