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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    Christmas Day 1970 was a white Christmas for a number of places in the UK especially in the southeast. High pressure was between Scotland and Iceland and this allowed a cold easterly flow across the UK. This brought snow showers and with maxima close to freezing and as a result the snow settled. Snow depths by the end of the day were generally around 20cm over the higher hills of the SE to a few cms on the lower ground. Snow showers did fall across other parts of the UK but south Wales and Northern Ireland missed out and parts of the West Country only had occasional snow showers.

    CET 24th December-5th January: -0.6

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  • Location: biggin hill kent 205m
  • Location: biggin hill kent 205m

    Hi Mr Data

    Thanks again

    The snow arrived Christmas Day evening and there was also thunder and lightning around midnight . Over the hills there was agood 20cms and where I lived there was about 15cm and it lasted almost the twelve days of Christmas in parts. A fantastic event for a 14 year old, and probably the best Christmas weather since 1938 which when reading the description in a weather book would be hard to beat with snow from the 19th Dec right up to the 27th . :cc_confused:

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  • Location: Cheshire
  • Location: Cheshire

    I posted elsewhere that I spent the first couple of hours of Christmas Day 1970 in Surrey helping people to get home from Midnight Mass. The snow was both unexpected and heavy, with no hint on earlier weather forecasts of what was to come, and, as has been pointed out, the snow stuck around until 27th or 28th. A true White Christmas if ever there was one. An earlier White Christmas came in 1964 but the snow then came down in shower form mid-morning and, unlike 1970, did not stick around. 

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