I have only once or twice experienced levels of humidity that could be described as ‘water-logged air’: years ago during the annual ‘plum rains’ in Shanghai, where the combination of heat and humidity meant you were almost as wet outside the shower as under it.  Then a cooler exposure in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, where I found it refreshing and an instant cure for a persistent dry cough.  I don’t recall seeing the sun shining through such wet air.

‘It might, and indeed it must be, the effect of the sun on the water-logged air… ‘

Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 222

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