Winter 1947: 'General Inference' and Discussion* at 0600 on 18th March 1947
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'The occlusion will move steadily north over Scotland but will probably slow up gradually as it reaches the central and northern districts. Ahead of it there will be strong to gale easterly winds with sleet or snow becoming rain generally near the front. Cloud will be very low ahead of the front and will be slow to lift in the rear especially on the east side of the country. There will be rather frequent showers in western England and Wales with a chance of local hail and thunder. In the east there will be fair periods but some showers are probable' At Midnight-Atlantic low 50°N20°WE with occluded front NO.Kent to CO.Ireland. Easterly winds to F6. Above freezing everywhere apart from Berwick on 30°IF (-1.1°CO). Continuous light rain in many areas. At06GMT-occluded front now N.Norfolk-N.Ireland. Easterly winds to F8 (Bell Rock) ahead of front but S to SW behind front. Precipitation belt has moved north with rain generally although Leuchars and Eskdalemuir report rain and snow. Temperatures above freezing everywhere. At Midday-front struggling to make northwards progress as it approaches the Scottish Borders. Temperatures ahead of the front are only just above freezing with St.Abb's Head, Leuchars, Bell Rock, Renfrew and Eskdalemuir all reporting snow. By 1800-slightly milder conditions have edged northwards and wintry precipitation is now confined to NE Scotland. (although the milder air reached much of the Scottish mainland within 24 hours it looks as if it was not until the 23rd March that significantly milder conditions reached Shetland) Overnight minima-coldest Lerwick on 28°F (-2.2°C). Much of England, Wales and Ireland remained above 40°F (4.4°C) Daytime maxima-warmest was Gorleston on 56°F (13.3°C), coldest Dalwhinnie on 34°F (1.1°C) Precipitation-wettest over far north of England and Scottish Borders. Tynemouth and Leuchars 13mm, W.Freugh 18mm. Snow cover/depth-fading fast. In England and Wales the only place with snow depth given is Acklington (4" down to 3" by 18GMT, thawing as well.) By 18GM T the only places to report snow which is not thawing (or thawing only slowly) are Rattray 3" and Lerwick 13"



Source:The Daily Weather Report of the Meteorological Office
*Refers to 24 hours ending 0600 on the date
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