Synoptic Situation at 0600 23/12/1962          next day

High, 1050mb, Baltic affects all of Europe with E winds S of Denmark and
into England, but with mild SW winds affecting Iceland and W Norway.  Cold
front has moved W to lie from SE Scotland through the Irish Sea, Cornwall to
the Pyrenees.  Warm front approaching Ireland and W Scotland from the W.

Weather over the British Isles:

Fog formed overnight in some S and E districts and persisted in a few
places.  Sunshine was restricted by fog at some stations: Gatwick 1.8 hrs,
Bristol 0.3 hrs, Cardiff 4.3 hrs, Spurn Head 5.8 hrs, Watnall 4.9 hrs,
Newcastle 3.0 hrs, Dyce 2.1 hrs, Glasgow 5.3 hrs, Tiree and Benbecula 5.1
hrs, Wick 1.3 hrs, Belfast 0.8 hrs and Valentia zero.  No significant rain
fell anywhere.

Maxima showed the first signs of the cold air coming from the E:  Gatwick
6C, Hurn 3C, Cardiff 6C, Birmingham 4C, Watnall 6C, Manchester 3C, Newcastle
5C, Dyce 3C, Glasgow 6C, Wick 6C, Stornoway 8C, Tiree 9C, Belfast 7C and
Valentia 10C.

Minima were sub-zero in all but the far N and W:  Gatwick -5C, Bristol -3C,
Cardiff -1C, Birmingham -5C, Watnall -5C, Newcastle -1C, Manchester -3C,
Dyce -1C, Glasgow 1C, Wick 5C, Stornoway 5C, Tiree 7C, Belfast 5C and
Valentia 8C.

Weather over the rest of Europe:

Cold and dry everywhere except Iceland and the far N of Norway where coastal
temperatures were 5 to 7C and as high as 9C in SW Iceland.  Some snow fell
in parts of the SE of Europe.

Maxima: Oslo -4C, Stockholm -8C, Helsinki -5C, N areas as low as -18C.
Moscow -14C, Minsk -17C,  Warsaw -15C,  Berlin -11C,  Belgrade -4C,
Munich -9C, Cologne -12C, Paris 5C, Brussels -2C,  Brest 8C, Bordeaux 7C,
Madrid 10C, Nimes 8C, Venice 2C.

Minima: Oslo -13C, Stockholm -6C, Helsinki -4C, Berlin -14C, Warsaw -15C,
Belgrade -10C, Prague -15C, Cologne -17C, Brussels -8C, Paris -5C,
Bordeaux -2C, Nimes -4C, Madrid 0C, Venice 5C.


Some drizzle in far NW, otherwise dry and sunny by day, and clear and frosty
at night,  Remaining very cold in the Midlands and S but average in the NW.

Some other temperatures at 1200 GMT:

Verkhoiansk -55C, Oimyakon (Sib) -49C, Archangel -7C, Murmansk -10C,
Reykjavik 9C,  Chesterfield -30C, Fort Simpson -35C, Gander -9C,
Caribou -23C, Montreal -16C, New York 3C, Washington -4C, Chicago -7C,
Pensacola 9C, Dodge City -2C, Regina -18C, Calgary -14C and Vancouver 1C.