Synoptic Situation at 0600 04/01/1963
The low centre over France has moved N to S GB, 994mb. Occlusion lies from
Manchester through the Wash into Germany, with strong E winds on its
northern flank. Further S, winds have eased. High, 1032mb, W Greenland
persists. Low, 984mb, NW Norway is moving slowly NE. Low forming E
Atlantic and is expected to move into Biscay.
Weather over the British Isles:
Cloudy in all places but less cold than recently. Rain fell in S counties
and the snow further N gradually turned to sleet, rain and drizzle:
Guernsey 19mm, Plymouth 9mm (all snow), Boscombe Down 8mm, Birmingham 2mm
(snow and drizzle), Manchester 2mm ( snow and drizzle), Newcastle 11mm (
mostly rain), Dyce 9mm ( mostly rain), Glasgow 1mm, Wick 6mm ( snow/rain),
Tiree 1mm (sleet), Belfast 3mm ( snow then rain) and Valentia trace.
Maxima: Gatwick 1C, Bristol -1C, Plymouth 1C, Cardiff 0C, Birmingham 0C,
Watnall 0C, Manchester 1C, Newcastle 3C, Eskdalemuir 0C, Glasgow 3C, Wick
3C, Lerwick 2C, Tiree 3C, Belfast 2C and Valentia 2C.
Minima: Gatwick 0C, Guernsey 2C, Plymouth -1C, Cardiff (Wales)-2C,
Birmingham 0C, Watnall -1C, Manchester 0C, Newcastle 2C, Dyce 1C, Glasgow
2C, Wick 1C, Lerwick 1C, Tiree 1C, Belfast 0C and Valentia 1C.
Weather over the rest of Europe:
Milder weather had spread N and E to all of France and parts of Germany and
areas around the Alps. E and N countries were largely cloud free. E winds
strengthened in the E overnight.
Maxima: Stockholm -8C, Helsinki -10C, Murmansk -4C, Moscow -6C, Minsk -7C,
Warsaw -10C, Belgrade 4C, Prague -2C, Berlin -8C, Brussels 0C, Paris 8C,
Brest 3C, Bordeaux 6C, Madrid 7C, Nimes 8C, Venice 8C and Rome 14C.
Minima: Oslo -5C, Stockholm -10C, Helsinki -16C, Minsk -10C, Warsaw -8C,
Copenhagen -2C, Berlin -6C, Belgrade 1C, Paris 0C, Brest 3C, Bordeaux 4C,
Madrid 1C, Nimes 3C, Venice 5C and Rome 9C. Iceland 0 to -6C. Coastal
Norway was 0 to -3C behind a cold front moving SE.
Staying cloudy and cold. Over Scotland and Ireland a slow thaw will
continue with rain at times. Over England and Wales there will be further
sleet or snow chiefly in the N and E. A slow daytime thaw will occur in the
extreme SW and SE.
Some other 1200 GMT temperatures:
Verkhoiansk -42C, Olenek -49C, Chesterfield -33C, Goose 2C, Boston 1C,
Norfolk 0C, Augusta -6C, Pensacola 2C, Dodge City -2C, Regina -10C, Fort
Nelson -32C and Vancouver 6C.