It was a sweltering day, despite the tropical thunderstorm in the morning. By noon, the puddles of water on the pavements and roads had all but dried up, leaving no evidence that just a couple of hours before, it was raining down cats, dogs and other assorted animals. The heat from the ground formed a swirling haze and people took shelter in the relative cool of the shade.
With the arrival of evening and the dropping of the mercury, like moles coming out of their holes at night, people began to linger outside by the river. The air was still thick with residual heat and humidity but was not unbearable.
Queues began to form up for ice creams, couples sat by the banks of the river chatting, and yet others began arriving for a saturday night out in town.
All by the river.