Synoptic Situation at 0600 12/01/1963
High, 1036mb, just NE of Scotland extends well into E Europe, with strong E
winds now blowing to the W coast of France. Low, 996mb, has been moving SE
towards N Norway with troughs moving SE across Scandinavia, and another
will follow a similar track. Low, 1004mb, N Italy affects most of the
Mediterranean with troughs on its N flank.
Weather over the British Isles:
Sunny in many areas with a few light snow showers, mostly in E counties.
Largely clear at night with a very severe frost in some places. Winds were
light from the NE or calm.
Maxima: Gatwick -2C, Guernsey 1C, Plymouth -3C, St.Mawgan -1C, Culdrose 0C,
Cardiff -2C, Birmingham -3C, Watnall -1C, Newcastle 1C, Manchester 0C,
Dyce -1C, Eskdalemuir 0C, Glasgow 1C, Wick -3C, Lerwick 0C, Tiree 2C,
Belfast 2C, Birr 3C and Valentia 4C.
Minima: Gatwick -6C, Guernsey -1C, Plymouth -5C, Scilly -1C, Cardiff -10C,
Birmingham -12c, Ross-on-Wye -17C (-23), Watnall -6C, Newcastle -3C,
Manchester -10C, Dyce -8C, Eskdalemuir -7C, Glasgow -10C, Wick -8C,
Lerwick -7C, Tiree 0C, Belfast -9C, Birr -9C and Valentia -1C.
Weather over the rest of Europe:
Snow fell in S France, around the Alps and into the Balkans linked to the
low pressure over the Med. A band of snow moved SE across Scandinavia where
N winds picked up overnight. E winds strengthened in many S and W
countries, as the cold air spread from the E.
Maxima: Oslo -9C, Helsinki -17C and -30C in the far N. Moscow -20C, Minsk
and Warsaw -11C, Belgrade 0C, Berlin -10C, Prague -13C, Paris -6C, Brest 0C,
Bordeaux 3C, Madrid 9C, Nimes 8C, Venice 5C and Rome 14C.
Minima: Oslo -11C, Stockholm -14C, Helsinki -11C, Minsk -15C, Warsaw -14C,
Belgrade 0C, Berlin -11C, Paris -15C, Brussels -9C, Brest -3C, Bordeaux -4C,
Madrid 2C, Nimes 4C, Venice 0C and Rome 12C.
Little change with very severe frost in many places at night and some
freezing fog. A few snow showers, most frequent in the E with moderate or
heavy falls in places.
Some other 1200 GMT temperatures:
Verkhoiansk -54C, Murmansk -13C, Iceland -1to -9C in light wind, SW
Greenland +5C, Chesterfield -38C, Goose -5C, Montreal -7C, Toronto -4C, New
York 2C, Charleston 12C, Pensacola 15C, and further W, behind a cold front,
Dodge City -19C, Pueblo -21C, Calgary -29C, Regina -28C, Watson Lake -35C
and Vancouver -8C.