Reigate March 2015 weather summary
- Average Temperature 6.9C
- Tmax 14.4C
- Tmin -1.9C
- total rainfall 23.8mm
- max wind gust 46mph
- sunshine 143.2 hours
Anticyclonic conditions controlled a good chunk of March bringing a lot of dry weather to Reigate. Total Reigate March rainfall of 23.8mm is around half of that expected from the long term average for March recorded since 1873. Whilst March rainfall this year was low it was not outside the “normal range” with mean monthly rainfall for March in South East England being 49.8mm and the mode (most frequently occurring) at a relatively dry 38.7mm. March 2015 turns out to be the 36th driest year since 1873, the lowest being 1929 with a paltry 2mm of rainfall. So March 2015 was dry but not super-dry!
With high pressure around March was sunny and not terribly windy, especially through the middle month. Mid-Month the temperature dipped notably (see top chart) as a slack easterly set up with the high moving over Scandinavia. It was not a beast from the east because the continent was warm and there was no really cold air available. The slack conditions finished at the end of March, however, as a significant NW gale blew across the UK. This broke our daily wind run record at 305.4 miles. Wind run is the “fetch” or distance that the wind has travelled passing a point during the day. Imagine a balloon drifting in the wind during the day… how far would it travel? This is the wind run. The NW wind also turned lorries over on motorways further north, gusting over 70mph in places. In Reigate the max gust was 46mph, pretty strong but with no leaves on the trees it did not cause damage.
143.2 hours of sunshine in Reigate exceeded the long term average.
March will be remembered for the “deep partial” solar eclipse that crossed much of the UK on 20 March. Sadly for us in Reigate and much of the SE we saw nothing of it except a gathering gloom and slight dip in temperature. More on our eclipse observations here: https://rgsweather.com/2015/03/21/reigate-some-eclipse-effects-on-weather/
2015 overall is above the long term CET average but not by much. Nevertheless, as a moderate El Nino is set to start properly this summer it is likely that 2015 will be break more temperature records globally as a hot year overall for the planet.
All our weather data can be downloaded from the data page here.
MetOffice March summary