December 1993 was an interesting month with a variety of weather with severe gales, snow, exceptional mildness and very wet.
The month began with the Atlantic overcoming the Scandinavian block which brought cold weather to the UK during late November
On the 8th, a vigorous and deep low moved through central Scotland. The central pressure of the system was 962mb and along its southern flank there were severe gales across Ireland, England and Wales with gusts reaching over 90mph, Redruth recorded a gust of 97mph, Cardiff 86mph, Plymouth 75mph, London and Nottingham 65mph. Not surprisingly, there was structural damage to buildings and trees uprooted
On the 12th, a deep depression brought rain across most parts but as it engaged colder air that had filtered down from the north, there was snow especially over the hills.
The weather became exceptionally mild around the 19th as tropical maritime air flooded NE wards behind a warm front with Hemsby recording a daily maximum record for the 19th with 15.5C
The week before Christmas 1993 turned notably wintry. On the 21st, a low pressure tracked through England and gave snowfalls across North Wales, northern England and north Midlands as deep as 14cm across parts of Clwyd.
A cold NNW airflow pulled down across the UK in the run up to Christmas and an Atlantic system moved down western parts giving the first white Christmas to some parts for a number of years as snow fell in places. Any snow cover was restricted to high ground generally
On the 28th, an Atlantic system displaced the cold air over the UK and this gave snowfalls to many central and eastern areas.
The weather was unsettled in the run up to the New Year but some snow did fall at times in places especially on New Year's Eve
It was a colder month in Scotland, the coldest December since 1981
The mildest CET maximum day: 13.6 (18th)
The coldest CET maximum day: 2.5 (26th)
The coldest CET minimum night: -28 (27th)
It was the 9th wettest December on record for England and Wales with 172.1mm.
224.0mm for Scotland, 197.9mm for Northern Ireland
The 12th was a particularly wet day with a number of stations reporting it as their wettest day of the month
For a wet month, snow and sleet occurred fairly frequently especially in the north, probably the most since any winter month since February 1991 for a number of places
Number of days with falling sleet/snow