18th Century weather

In order to understand our Overseers of the Poor records we would like to know what the weather was like in Dorset say 1770 – 1830.

In particular winter temperatures because these may be the cause of the expenditure on wood for the poor.

Also they may be part of the higher mortality in Jan – Mar when epidemics of fatal infectious diseases should have been lower?

One of our readers has found this site  And we know of Gilbert White of Selbourne, Hampshire records.

Now thanks to Pamela for finding this Met Office Hadley website which now gives us exactly what we wanted: monthly average temperatures 1659 – 2017, monthly rainfall 1766 – 2017, and seasonal temperatures 1659 – 2017.

 

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