Winter 1947: 'General Inference' and Discussion* at 0600 on 31st January 1947
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'Anticyclone centred over Southern Baltic with ridge of high pressure extending over Northern England and Ireland extending slowly south-east. Complex depression over Western Channel and Southwest France drifting slowly eastwards and filling up. Atlantic depression south-west of Iceland moving steadily eastwards and later north-eastwards. Cold weather will continue over the British Isles with night frosts and day temperatures rising to near the freezing point, but milder conditions in the North-West, with some sleet or rain. Snow will fall locally in the South at first followed by mainly fair conditions.In North England, South and East Scotland weather will be fair apart from some snow showers near the east coast'

At0600hrs-Occluded front from S.Kent to Western Channel. Light snow reported at Kew and Bristol. Recent snow along South Coast. South and East (of England) cloudy with temperatures at or just below freezing. Area of clear skies and light winds from Central Scotland across to Central and Southern Ireland and West Wales. Lowest temperatures in this area, down to 17°F (-8.3°C) at Renfrew. Otherwise the rest of Scotland and Ireland is cloudy with temperatures up to 37°F (2.8°C) at Lerwick. Overnight temperatures lowest in the clear zone, 15°F (-9.4°C) at Carlisle and Rineanna (Shannon). The only places not reporting frost are Tiree,Benbecula,Wick, Hatston (Orkney Is) all on 33°F (0.6°C) Previous day maxima are generally just below freezing in most areas. Carlisle is the coldest at 26°F (-3.3°C). The warmest is Rattray (nr Aberdeen) on 38°F (3.3°C). Snow cover-practically all stations continue to report snow cover. The only places reporting no snow cover Portland Bill and Malin Head. Snow depth-generally less than 6" but our old friends Tangmere, Boxted and Felixstowe all report 9". Plymouth and Predannack (Lizard,South Cornwall) report 7" whilst Hartland Point, Guernsey and Yeovilton all have '>6"'.



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