I moved to Italy (from the SE England) almost five years ago... There are many reasons why, but this summer is a good example of one of them: We've had two days of 'light' rain in the last 12 weeks... Otherwise it's been baking hot and clear blue skies. To be fair, when it's an average of 35 degrees outside (it has gone up to 43 as well... a week or so ago) it isn't actually that good - because you can't do anything without breaking into a sweat... Still, better hot than cold!