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The weather in the late 17th century

The weather in the late 17th century

What was the weather like? It’s the age old question we always ask of anyone returning from distant parts but if your journey has taken you to the 17th century it’s not so easy to answer. Detailed recording of temperatures, wind speeds, precipitation, and atmospheric pressure only really starts from the 1850s onwards[i]. But weather is important. It is, quite literally, the atmosphere of a book. Take the fog out of BLEAK HOUSE or the heat out of HEART OF DARKNESS and the story wouldn’t be the same. This is also true for historical non-fiction but here there is the added…