We’ve had a summer here in the Algarve that has lasted for nearly seven months. The trouble with that is the lack of rain. A country cant survive properly with more than three months with no rain. Back in the old days we used to get three or four periods of torrential downpours every year. Sometimes those downpours would last three days and our area was nearly cut off by the flooding. The river at the bottom of the garden overflowed into the next field and all across our orange grove. The water was wellington height for a few days. That, of course, did wonders for the water table. We dont get that any more.