Winter 1947: 'General Inference' and Discussion* at 0600 on 1st February 1947
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'A secondary depression is moving south east from near Atlantic into the Bay of Biscay but an intensifying anticyclone over the Baltic and Eastern Europe with a ridge of high pressure extending across Scandinavia to Scotland will maintain a very cold south-easterly air current over most of the British Isles. It will become cloudy in the extreme southwest of England with some rain and sleet later but over the remainder of Great Britain and in Northern Ireland it will be generally fair apart from occasional snow showers, chiefly in eastern districts. It will be very cold in most districts with slight frost locally by day and more general frost tonight' At 0600hrs-clearer skies W.Ireland, W.Wales, SW Peninsula and Netherlands,otherwise cloudy Lowest temperatures 9°F (-12.8°C) on Dutch/German border, 19°F (-7.2°C) at Exeter and Plymouth. Warmest at Valentia 42°F (5.6°C). Area of light snow from Bristol to Dorset/Hants. Recent snow inland E.Anglia and Aberdeen. Heavier snow in Paris. Overnight minimum-widespread frost away from Scottish and Irish coasts but generally less severe than previous nights. Exeter coldest with 10°F (-12.2°C). Hatston (Orkney) and Valentia warmest overnight at 37°F (2.8°C). Previous day maxima-again just a little less cold than previous days with many places seeing a maximum just above freezing. Lowest value 29°F (-1.7°C) at Honiley (nr Coventry), Little Rissington (Glos) and Eskdalemuir. Highest value 42°F (5.6°C) at Cape Wrath Snow cover/depth-all inland stations report snow cover. Otherwise coastal stations in W.Wales, N and W Scotland, W.Ireland as well as Gorleston (Norfolk) and Portland Bill are snow free. Snow depth is greater than 6" at Predannack (S.Cornwall 7"), Plymouth (8"), Calshot (Hants 8"), Tangmere(10") and Boxted (Essex 10"). Guernsey continues to report >6" but no depth given.



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