My friend Pat and I were walking in the rain in Split (was Yugoslavia, now Croatia) one day a “couple of years ago”, when a local man looked at us and quoted Noël Coward’s “mad dogs and Englishman”. He laughed as it usually refers to the hot midday sun but he had twisted it to refer to the current rain and the holiday expectations of an Englishman.
On this current excursion we have had a long, hot heat wave. More than a month of days 35C+. We have learnt not to follow the mad dogs and Englishmen but instead follow the Italian lifestyle and find a cafe to sit in or a tree to rest under whilst the heat of the day passes.
Not a bad life, really.