While temperatures creep up and the Big Apple slowly fries under an unrelenting sun, the mercury having just busted a cruel 100°F (38°C) mark, it is sweet and a bit surreal to remember that last year, those were the brutal conditions we faced in Namibia and South Africa’s Kgalagadi National Park.

More recently though, but just as hard to believe, we were having drinks on a Cape Town beach with loved ones and friends, celebrating the impending Cape Argus Cycle Tour – and despite the season and location, summer nights were chilly and Marie had wrapped herself in a Grand Cafe blanket. This is the irony of the weather. It’s never what you want it to be.