I remember 1976 very well, my elder daughter was getting married on 25 July and we fully expected the hot spell to be broken by then. I bought six or seven umbrellas in Singapore in preparation for the rain but it did not come and the drought carried on for a long time. The temperature seemed hotter than the present spell but memory at my age is a dodgy thing. I do remember flying over the various reservoirs and being amazed how little water there was. My lawn looks a nice biscuit colour but we are struggling to keep our special plants and bushes going, we have had no rain for over six weeks and there is none on the horizon. I have become an agnostic having found that praying for rain does not help.
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