Synoptic Situation at 0600 31 December 1962       next day

High extends from Newfoundland to Russia, with centres over SE Greenland,
1044mb, and SW Norway, 1032mb.  There are low centres over SW Ireland,
996mb, near Brest, 992mb and on the occlusion from here to the SE. At the
triple point, a new low, 996mb, has formed near the Pyrenees.  Yesterday's
trough lies from N Devon, Southampton, Low Countries through S Germany to W
Russia, but has become less active.

Weather over the British Isles:

Strong to gale E winds affected most places, and all districts were cloudy
throughout.  Light snow fell in all but the far W.  Drifting of the snow was
common in most S and E areas.  Amounts (rain equivalent):  Plymouth 32mm
(rain and sleet), Guernsey 3mm (rain), Scilly 12mm (rain), Mildenhall 4mm,
Newcastle 10mm, Eskdalemuir 14mm, Leuchars 7mm, Dyce 5mm, Glasgow trace,
Tiree trace, Wick 1mm, Belfast 1mm and Valentia 4mm.

Maxima: Gatwick -1C, Guernsey 8C, Plymouth 7C, Cardiff 0C, Birmingham -1C,
Manchester 1C, Watnall -1C, Newcastle  3C, Glasgow 0C, Eskdalemuir -2C, Dyce
1C, Wick 3C, Lerwick 1C, Belfast 1C and Valentia 2C.

Minima in cloudy and windy conditions:  Gatwick -2C, Guernsey 6C, Plymouth
3C, Cardiff -1C, Birmingham -1C, Watnall -1C, Manchester 0C, Newcastle 1C,
Eskdalemuir -3C, Glasgow -1C, Dyce -1C, Wick 0C, Lerwick -1C, Tiree 0C,
Belfast -1C and Valentia 0C.

Weather in the rest of Europe:

Precipitation was seen along the old trough from SE England to W Russia, but
amounts were small.  The more active system coming into France from Iberia
brought heavier rain with it.

Maxima:  Oslo -15C, Stockholm -8C, Helsinki -20C, down to -27C in the N.
Moscow -13C, Minsk -8C, Warsaw -7C, Belgrade 5C, Berlin -7C, Cologne -5C,
Brussels -2C, Paris 3C (behind first trough), Brest 8C, Bordeaux 12C, Madrid
9C, Nimes 9C and Venice 4C.  Iceland -3 to +1C.

Minima:  Oslo -15C, Stockholm -13C, Helsinki -14C, with coastal stations -3
to -9C in the S, but +2 to +3C in the N of Norway, in light W winds.
 Minsk -14C, Warsaw -9C, Berlin -5C, Belgrade 2C, Paris -1C, Brussels -1C,
Brest 7C, Bordeaux 6C, Madrid 6C, Nimes 9C and Venice -1C.


Scotland, N England and N Ireland will be cloudy with snow at times with
drifting.  The S of British Isles will be cloudy with rain or snow at times.
It will be cold or very cold.

Some other 1200 GMT temperatures:  Verkhoiansk -42C, Jarjan -48C, S
Greenland 0 to -3C, Gander -12C, Goose -18C, Toronto -17C, Montreal -22C,
Detroit -12C, New York -7C, Charleston 2C, Dodge City -2C, Regina -18C,
Calgary -17C and Vancouver 7C.