The heat and intense sun just barges in and set the tone for the day (not too much physical movement and the ceiling fans on high).
At this time of the year, sun, heat and dusty roads are an expectation. It is the unexpected that does shock and sometimes delight.
As for the shock:
#1 - coral snake came to visit - move slowly across the screen door at the front of the house, inspected the window, and left back into the grass - presumably it lives on the front slope under the ground cover.