Winter 1947: 'General Inference' and Discussion* at 0600 on 28th January 1947
'General Inference' 'A trough of low pressure associated with a shallow depression over France is moving westwards across England. There will be periods of snow in most districts and in the Midlands, East and Southeast England the snow will be fairly continuous and moderate locally but a fair period will occur in the Southeast behind the trough later in the day. In the extreme Northwest there will be occasional rain or sleet with snow on high ground. It will be cold in the Northwest and very cold elsewhere with persistent frost in many places especially in the Southeast' At 0600 on the 28th Light snow falling in many places east of a line from Northumberland to Somerset. Light snow also reported in Ireland. Temperatures at 0600 below freezing over most of England and Wales but higher over Scotland reaching 38°F (3.3°C) in the Western Isles. Guernsey is colder than UK mainland with a temperature of 26°F(-3.3°C). On near mainland Europe coastal temperatures are between 16°F (-8.9°C) at Esbjerg, Denmark and 26°F (-3.3°C) on the Dutch coast. Inland temperatures are much lower, 13°F (-10.6°C) near Dutch/German border and 4°F (-15.6°C) in Luxembourg/Ardennes area. Meanwhile, back in Britain, the lowest overnight temperature was 17°F (-8.3°C) at Boscombe Down (Wiltshire) and the highest was 35°F (1.7°C) at a number of coastal locations in Scotland. St.Eval (nr Newquay,Cornwall) had a low of 21°F (-6.1°C). St.Mary's in the Scilly Isles had another frost. Daytime maxima on the previous day remained below freezing over most of the south and east of England. The lowest daytime maximum was 27°F (-2.8°C) at Lympne in Kent. The highest was 44°F (6.7°C) at Malin Head (the northernmost tip of mainland Ireland). Snow cover is becoming more extensive over the South-East and the Midlands. Felixstowe still leads with 8" of level snow but Honiley (7 miles SW of Coventry) now has 5" as does Boxted (nr Colchester).Evidence now of snow further north with Finningley (nr Doncaster) and Spurn Head both reporting several inches of snow.
|*Refers to 24 hours ending 0600 on the date