This year, the summer season was unduly long and extremely hot compared to past years. The average temperature was between 25 degrees and 34 degrees Celsius. Adding to the misery, the water consumption was rising daily, sending an alarming hue and cry from the authorities. The schools had re-opened. The scorching sun and the stifling heat made our school life uncomfortable.One morning, just when the classes started, there was a sudden darkness. We saw threatening black clouds gathered in the sky. There were vivid flashes of lighting too. Suddenly it started to rain. In the beginning, it was only a drizzle; but soon the drizzle turned into a heavy downpour.The rain continued for hours. We regretted not bringing our umbrellas. Some of my classmates rushed out to play in the rain refreshing themselves with the cool air and rain. The rain slowly receded and we all rushed out.The plight of the bus commuters was of course pitiable. Buses was late and overcrowded. Some of my friends decided to take a walk in the cool weather instead of standing in the long queue.Nearing home, I saw children playing with paper boats in the pool of water outside our center court yard.It is exhilarating to watch pouring rain and even more exhilarating to play in it. However, I was happy to be home and to be relieved of my wet clothes.