Synoptic Situation at 0600 24/12/1962       next day


High, 1049mb, Denmark, moving a little W.  New high 1033mb, SW of Iceland
moving N and intensifying.  Fronts are approaching Norway and lie over NW
parts of Scotland and Ireland.

Weather over the British Isles

The cold front continued to move W across Ireland, leaving all places in a
very cold light easterly airstream.  Sunshine was confined to S and E areas:
Gatwick 2.9 hrs, Guernsey 6.5 hrs, Birmingham 5.5 hrs, Manchester 3.6 hrs,
Watnall 3.1 hrs, Newcastle 2.7 hrs, Dyce, Glasgow zero, Belfast 0.8hrs and
Valentia 3.3 hrs.  A little rain fell in the far W and NW: Tiree 5mm, Malin
Head 4mm and Wick 2mm

Maxima stayed at or below zero all day in the S and E:  Gatwick -1C,
Guernsey 2C, Cardiff 0C, Birmingham -1C, Watnall -1C. Manchester 0C,
Newcastle -1C, Dyce 3C, Glasgow 4C, Wick 7C, Lerwick 6C, Tiree 8C, Belfast
7C and Valentia 11C.

Minima:  Gatwick -4C (-10), Cardiff -6C, Birmingham -9C (-11), Watnall -7C
(-13), Newcastle -4C, Dyce 1C, Glasgow 0C, Wick 6C, Tiree 8C, Belfast 1C,
and Valentia 2C.  Figures in brackets are grass minima.

Weather over the rest of Europe:

Dry with variable cloud in most places and a little snow around the Alps and
E Italy.  Rain affected W Norway in a mild SW airstream.

Maxima:  Oslo -10C, Stockholm -3C, Helsinki -5C, Murmansk -2C, Moscow -8C,
Minsk -10C, Warsaw -11C, Prague -13C, Belgrade -9C, Venice -1C, Rome 4C,
Cologne -12C, Brussels and Paris -7C, Brest 2C, Bordeaux -3C, Madrid 7C and
Nimes 0C.  Coastal Norway was 6 to 7C and Iceland 2 to 5C.

Minima: Oslo -3C, Stockholm -1C, Helsinki -4C, Warsaw and Berlin -11C,
Belgrade -14C, Venice -3C, Nimes -7C, Barcelona -1C, Madrid -2C, Rome 0C,
Paris -7C, Brussels -6C and Brest -1C.  Iceland 1 to 2C.

Forecast:

Very cold over England and Wales with unbroken frost, severe tonight. NW
Ireland and Scotland will be cloudier with some rain/snow at times.

Some other 1200 GMT Temperatures:

Verkhoiansk -55C, Chesterfield -33C, Goose -10C, Gander -5C, Ottawa and
Montreal -8C, New York 1C, Washington -4C, Pensacola 3C, Dodge City -9C,
Calgary -15C, Regina -25C and Vancouver 0C.