by the Rev Philip Foster
Here are entries from Pepys’ diary in Januaries for 1661-2 Remember this was in the depths of the Little Ice Age. Global cooling tends to produce erratic weather.
“It is strange what weather we have had all this winter; no cold at all but the ways are dusty and the flyes fly up and down and the rose bushes are full of leaves; such a time of the year as never was known in this world before.”
Samuel Pepys’ Diary, 21st January 1661
“Ordered by Parliament to pray for more seasonable weather; that it is, both as to warmth and every other thing, just as if it were the middle of May or June, which doth threaten a plague to follow.”
Samuel Pepys’ Diary, 15th January 1662
“Wind the last night (such as hath not been in memory before, unless at the death of the late protector*), that it was dangerous to go out of doors; and hearing how several persons have been killed today by the fall of things in the street and that the pageant in Fleet street is most of it blown down and hath broke down part of several houses.”
Samuel Pepys’ Diary, 18th February 1662