In the news It’s the cold­est win­ter on record since 1740

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Way We Were -

Fe­bru­ary 1963 was ev­i­dently not a good time to be tak­ing a long car trip. In­deed, the en­tire pe­riod be­tween Jan­uary and April was a pe­riod when thou­sands of mo­torists re­gret­ted not hav­ing fi­fit­ted their cars with a heater. Birm­ing­ham’s canal net­work and the up­per reaches of the river Thames froze solid – by the end of Jan­uary, res­i­dents of Wind­sor could ac­tu­ally walk straight across the river – as did the sea for one mile off the coast of Kent. For many parts of Eng­land, this was the cold­est win­ter since 1740 and me­te­o­rol­o­gists help­fully ex­plained it was due to an an­ti­cy­clone over Scan­di­navia draw­ing con­ti­nen­tal air from cen­tral Rus­sia to the UK, com­bined with an east­erly wind set­ting in be­fore Christ­mas 1962. This news was glumly re­ceived by many as they con­tem­plated a trip to the coal de­pot; in 1963, not many homes had cen­tral heat­ing. Worse was to come, for af­ter the Big Freeze came the Big Thaw... and floods.

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