Winter 1947: 'General Inference' and Discussion* at 0600 on 20th February 1947
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'Pressure continuing high from Greenland to central Russia, and a depression will move east northeast across Biscay. Over England and Wales it will be cloudy with occasional snow. The falls will be mainly slight but may be moderate in eastern districts and over high ground. There is a possibility of a more general moderate snowfall spreading eastwards along the southern counties. It will be fair with bright intervals in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It will be very cold with frosts day and night in the South, and temperatures near freezing by day in the North' At 0600 hours-Pressure high to the north and low to the south of the British Isles with isobars aligned E-W. However the 'polar depression' mentioned yesterday is now over the Shetlands although clear skies are reported from there. Winds are generally E to ENE up to F5 but light and variable over northern Scotland. Cloudy over southern and eastern parts of the British Isles with light snow falling in eastern England, the Midlands and SE Ireland. Dry over Scotland and most of Ireland with clear skies in north-western areas. Cloudy conditions prevail over most of the near Continent although Denmark has clear skies. For the British Isles the coldest place is Prestwick on 21°F (-6.1°C) and the warmest Malin Head and Bell Rock both on 35°F (1.7°C). Beneath the clear skies of northern Denmark Aalborg reports 14°F (-10.0°C). Overnight minima-The lowest is 06°F (-14.4°C) at Dalwhinnie. (Remember that Dalwhinnie does not report for 0600 on the DWR). The highest is 34°F (1.1°C) at Malin Head. Previous day's maxima-Highest 43°F (6.1°C) at Stornoway and the lowest 27°F (-2.8°C) at Little Rissington. Precipitation-Dry over Scotland, 'trace' over most of England and Wales. (Wettest-Little Rissington on 0.5mm). Rather wetter in southern Ireland with Roches Point reporting 4mm (falling as snow)and a complete covering of snow on the ground. Snow cover/depth-much as in previous days. Waddington remains the deepest with 12".
Outlook-Continuing cold with occasional snow in the south



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