Winter 1947: 'General Inference' and Discussion* at 0600 on 4th March 1947
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The general inference says 'A ridge of high pressure over Scotland and northeast England is drifting slowly northeast. Mild conditions in the South of the British Isles will spread slowly north over England and Wales. A belt of intermittent snow will move slowly north over England and Wales turning to rain in the South. Falls will be mainly slight but moderate snow may occur locally in Wales and North England. There will be fairly extensive fog in the south tonight. It will continue cold in Scotland but thaw conditions will spread north over the South and Midlands' At 0600-warm front approaching from the south. Currently aligned W-E along western Channel from Scilly through Channel Is into N.France. (At midnight this front lay W-E through N.Brittany). Cloud ahead of the front as far as Southern England, S. Wales and N. France. Wind E to F5 in this zone. Light snow at Portland and light rain at Plymouth. Clearer skies over the rest of the British Isles and generally light winds or calm. Lowest temperature 07°F (-13.9°C) at Leeming and highest 41°F (5.0°C) at Scilly. Overnight minima-generally below freezing with Acklington the coldest on 0°F (-17.8°C) and Scilly the warmest on 38°F (3.3°C) Previous day's maxima-once again generally above freezing although at Renfrew the maximum was only 32°C (0.0°C). The warmest place was Valentia on 45°F (7.2°C). Precipitation-dry in most areas except for the far south-west (Scilly 9mm) and north-east Scotland (Orkney 2mm, Rattray 2mm) Sunshine-prolonged sunshine in most areas apart from south-west England. Acklington 10.1 hours Snow cover/extent-slowly wasting away. West Raynham and Waddington are 6", Cranfield only 2" (a figure to be remembered for comparative purposes in the near future!), Finningley 8", Acklington 5" and Leeming 4". Greater depths (>6")in eastern Scotland with Aberdeen and Lerwick on 12" The outlook suggests-slow thaw and fog spreading north over Scotland with snow at first. Occasional rain in the south with some bright periods in eastern districts.Mild in the South, becoming milder in the North.



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