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Cold, frosty Christmas of 1961


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    December 1961 was a cold month overall but there was a short very mild spell just before mid-month where maxima got into double digits, as high as 14C in places


    The weather turned much colder as the high retrogressed towards Greenland after mid-month


    This heralded a very cold and frosty Christmas period with very sharp frosts but little in the way of snow


    Christmas Day 1961 was a cold day with a biting easterly wind in the south


    The Azores low would approach the SE of the UK in the run up to the New Year introducing heavy snowfalls and later a northerly flow to all parts of the UK. Depths of snow would reach 30-40cm in some parts, giving a white New Year to many places. Nights were very cold with record breaking minima

    31st December: -18.5

    1st January: -17.2

    2nd January: -21.1


    Edited by Mr_Data
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