It doesn't feel like autumn. No, it does not.
The grass has turned to yellow in the heat, the petals curling as flowers shrivel, and the leaves on trees crackling and falling prematurely from their branches. The shoreline has receded far into the watering holes, driven from the banks and leaving a soggy mess in their wake. The longer the wet soil is left alone, the more it dries, ground cracking and mud turning to dust. The wind is unpleasantly warm, the air dry and stale. Every little breeze casts sand into the air, and the more intense gusts can be nearly blinding.
As the drought wears on, the temperature only seems to climb. The dust remains to occupy the sky, its blue colours only a memory; instead, upward looks spy only the unpleasant brown overhead, and the faint outline of the sun as its heat penetrates the dark veil.
Prey is scarce; dying of starvation, dehydration, even heat stroke among the smaller creatures. The fish are stranded as their home pulls away from them, left flopping and sucking air until their hearts stop and they're left to rot. Birds are blinded by the sand whipped up by the wind, and it casts them to the ground; these may be the easiest prey for the cats at this time, but many the the winged creatures are fleeing the land or remaining in their trees. Predators are agitated; thirsty, hunger, and stressed by the dry weather. They are becoming increasingly aggressive, more prone to lashing out on a whim or attacking larger groups of cats. Driven mad by the heat, they're found to have brief bouts of poor judgment, and seem to pursue prey more doggedly than ever before; pain will often snap them out of their rage, however, and send them on their way. Cats are advised to be extra vigilant.
Nothing is going right; food, water, danger-- on the contrary, everything is going as wrong as it possibly could. The world itself has turned on the land that the tribes call home, driving the wildlife and nature itself to detriment the cats. Even the temperature, the weather, is cruel.
And oh, the heat is unbearable.