The start of February 1956 was truely exceptional with a remarkably cold airmass moving in on an easterly airstream over the UK.
Not a hint of a Scandinavian high at 28th January
But watch how it develops
Now watch how the intensely cold airmass is pulled towards the UK
The intensely cold airmass was pulled away from the UK as the easterly flow weakened.
The CET up to the 3rd of February 1956 was -6.2
Some of the lowest maximas for 60 years were recorded in this short period. The overall CET for Feb 1956 was -0.2
Over the coming week, Times article on this remarkable spell
From the 1st of February 1956 and the cold strikes