Synoptic Situation at 0600 06/02/1963
Low pressure still dominates Europe with the major centre, 976 mb, just off
SW Ireland. Trough lies from Malin Head through SE Wales, Brittany to N
Spain, with milder air following it. Minor low centres are over the Gulf of
Bothnia, the Adriatic and S of the Azores.
High, 1036 mb, is centred over Spitzbergen with a strong ridge SW to SE
Weather over the British Isles:
Cloudy almost everywhere and heavy snow pushed slowly NE across the SW of GB
and through central Ireland followed by moderate to heavy rain in the
extreme SW. Culdrose with 20mm of rain was the wettest, but Bristol had
snow equivalent to 15 mm of rain. The snow had reached parts of the
Midlands, SW Wales, N Ireland and the Hebrides by 0600. Winds were from the
SE and reached force 7 in many S places. At midnight, Aberporth was
reporting continuous heavy snow with a temp of -1C and wind speed of 32kn.
Maxima: Gatwick -1C, Guernsey 1C, Plymouth 3C, Culdrose 5C, Scilly 8C,
Cardiff 0C, Bristol 1C, Birmingham 0C, Watnall 0C, Manchester 1C, Newcastle
1C, Dyce 2C, Eskdalemuir -1C, Glasgow 1C, wick 3C, Lerwick 2C, Tiree 3C,
Belfast 1C, Birr 5C and Valentia 7C.
Minima: All areas were cloudy and windy and this was accompanied by low
temperatures. Gatwick -4C, Guernsey -1C, Plymouth 1C, Culdrose 3C, Scilly
5C, Cardiff -2C, Bristol -2C, Birmingham -4C, Watnall -4C, Manchester -2C,
Newcastle -1C, Dyce 1C, Eskdalemuir -4C, Glasgow -2C, Wick 2C, Lerwick 1C,
Tiree 0C, Birr 1C and Valentia 3C.
Weather over the rest of Europe:
Cold and clear in the W but cloudier with snow further E and over parts of
NE Scandinavia. Rain and snow also fell in the far SE as very mild air
pushed N into W Russia.
Maxima: Stockholm -8C, Helsinki -3C, Leningrad -8C, Moscow +2C, Minsk -5C,
Warsaw -10C, Belgrade -4C, Berlin -4C, Paris -2C, Brussels -2C, Brest 2C,
Bordeaux 0C, Madrid -5C, Nimes 1C, Venice 0C and Rome 9C.
Minima: Oslo -7C, Stockholm -9C and -29C in central Sweden, Helsinki -10C,
Minsk -6C, Warsaw -10C, Belgrade -5C, Berlin -10C, Paris -10C, Brussels -6C,
Brest 7C, Bordeaux 0C, Madrid -1C, Nimes -16C, Venice -10C and Rome 3C.
Forecast: Snow over N Ireland, Wales, and the West Country will move slowly
across much of England, Wales into S Scotland. Heavy falls with drifting
are expected. There will be rain at times behind the snow. N Scotland will
remain cloudy and very cold but other areas will become less cold than of
Outlook: A slow extension of the thaw to remaining areas preceded by
further snow in the N and E.
Some other 1200 GMT temperatures:
Verkhoiansk -50C, Murmansk -7C, Iceland -7 to -10C, Thule -1C,
Chesterfield -37C, Goose -32C, Gander -16C, Montreal -18C, Boston -7C, New
York 0C, Chicago -6C, Pensacola 4C, Dodge City 2C, Regina 4C, Calgary 5C,
Fort Smith -22C, Fairbanks -42C and Vancouver 7C.