Rain in the summertime can provide welcome relief from the blistering sun. The song deals with the internal struggles The Alarm were facing. They had great expectations after releasing their first EP in 1983 and touring with U2, but over the next few years they couldn't chase down a hit and found themselves in rough financial waters, leading to tension in the group. Two of the four members - lead singer Mike Peters and bassist Eddie Macdonald - wrote most of the songs, leaving guitarist Dave Sharp and drummer Nigel Twist without those royalties (U2 split songwriting credits evenly among the band). When they convened to work on their third album, Eye Of The Hurricane
, Sharp and Twist wanted to change this dynamic, but most of the songs remained Peters/Macdonald compositions.
"Rain In The Summertime" was the last song they wrote for the album, and they did it as a band. "We had a huge battle and it tore us apart," Peters told Songfacts
. "To get to the end of the record and have that song, it felt like we'd weathered a massive storm. We'd come through the eye of the hurricane, and here was the rain at the end of this intense period just to wash away all the ill feeling and bad experiences that we had, to bring us together."
The Alarm got a second wind and ended up recording two more albums before disbanding in 1991.