August 2014 weather stats for Reigate, Surrey.
Tmax 27.2c (33.5c 2013)
Tmin 5.6c (9.7c 2013)
Average temp 16c (17.4c 2013)
Total rainfall (CoCoRahs) 84.4mm (37.6mm 2013)
Max gust 36 mph (Bertha 11 Aug)
GLOBALLY, August 2014 was the warmest on record (NASA, see below). In contrast, August 2014 for the UK was the COOLEST August for 21 years since 1993 and rainfall was 156% above long term average in some places, including parts of the SE. In Reigate the average temp was 16C compared to 17.4c in 2013. It was also wetter than usual, for example, twice as much rain fell Aug 2014 than in Aug 2013. This ended a run of much warmer than average months throughout 2014. The CET (Central England Temperature) is still seeing 2014 as one of the all-time warmest years even with a cooler August.
Arguably Ex-Hurricane Bertha “destroyed” the balmy UK summer of 2014. She emerged out of the Tropical Atlantic early in the month and took aim at the UK. Despite weakening extra-tropical storm Bertha still dragged some cool polar air into the UK and Europe behind her.
Bertha brought little direct disruption to Reigate and the SE but an impressive squall line moved across our region during the 10 Aug. There was no especially extreme weather associated with the squall line (regrettably for weather folk!) but the cloud-scapes were magnificent as the squall moved away further to the East. Bertha did bring some unseasonably gusty weather and 36mph was recorded at our weather station on 11 August. Winds in excess of 40mph were recorded locally higher up.
Interestingly, NASA have just recorded August 2014 globally as the warmest ever August on record. This shows how discrete locations on a regional scale can buck the global trend… obviously some places have warmer and colder weather than the global average and some of these anomalies could be potentially record breaking despite being the opposite extreme of the global mean.