The best times to visit Shaftesbury for ideal weather are

June 4th to September 23rd

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Shaftesbury Travel Info

Weather in Shaftesbury

Temperature

Average temperatures in Shaftesbury vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 23rd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Shaftesbury, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 71.8°F (22.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 50.5°F (10.3°C) at night.

Shaftesbury Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Shaftesbury Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Shaftesbury Perceived Temperature (F)

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Shaftesbury Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Shaftesbury Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan47.442.132.7
Feb47.941.832.9
Mar52.244.333.8
Apr58.44936.6
May62.45441.4
Jun67.55947.2
Jul70.661.949.4
Aug68.86149.9
Sep66.157.444.9
Oct60.253.241.4
Nov53.147.538.5
Dec48.242.634.5

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan8.65.60.4
Feb8.85.40.5
Mar11.26.81
Apr14.79.42.6
May16.912.25.2
Jun19.7158.4
Jul21.416.69.7
Aug20.416.19.9
Sep18.914.17.2
Oct15.711.85.2
Nov11.78.63.6
Dec95.91.4

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Shaftesbury are September, April, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid April. For example, on the week of April 9th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid January with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of January 15th.

When can you find snow in Shaftesbury? Weather stations report far greater snow than most tourist destinations snow through most of the year likely to be deepest around October, especially close to late October. The best time to ski (if at all) in Shaftesbury is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Shaftesbury.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Shaftesbury (in).

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Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan32%1.13.1
Feb26%62.1
Mar18%01.5
Apr16%521.5
May20%34.62.1
Jun19%0.42.3
Jul23%02.5
Aug22%02.6
Sep15%01.5
Oct26%52.82.9
Nov28%37.12.9
Dec27%10.52.9

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan322.87.9
Feb2615.25.3
Mar1803.8
Apr16132.13.8
May2087.95.3
Jun1915.8
Jul2306.4
Aug2206.6
Sep1503.8
Oct26134.17.4
Nov2894.27.4
Dec2726.77.4

 

Humidity and Wind

Shaftesbury has some extremely humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is May (68.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (83.3%).

Wind in Shaftesbury is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by December and March. January’s average wind speed of around 8.8 knots (10.1 MPH or 16.3 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late December where average top sustained speeds reach 17.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Shaftesbury.

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Avg. Relative Humidity

Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Max Sustained Wind
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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan8.8Gentle breeze15.9Significant breeze
Feb8.2Gentle breeze14.8Significant breeze
Mar8.2Gentle breeze15Significant breeze
Apr7.6Gentle breeze13.9Significant breeze
May8.1Gentle breeze14.6Significant breeze
Jun7.4Gentle breeze13.5Significant breeze
Jul7.6Gentle breeze13.9Significant breeze
Aug7.4Gentle breeze13.6Significant breeze
Sep6.6Light breeze12.6Significant breeze
Oct7.3Gentle breeze13.6Significant breeze
Nov8Gentle breeze14.6Significant breeze
Dec8.3Gentle breeze15.5Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan81.8%
Feb79.3%
Mar72.7%
Apr69.4%
May68.4%
Jun69.5%
Jul70.7%
Aug73.6%
Sep74.6%
Oct79.7%
Nov81.8%
Dec83.3%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Shaftesbury?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for the United Kingdom; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 06, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Shaftesbury, the United Kingdom is August, followed by July and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Shaftesbury in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is slightly extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 23.7 in December means 23.7% of the tourists vs. August.

 

 

Overall Shaftesbury Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 65.5°F (18.6°C) and 49.7°F (9.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 6 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Shaftesbury, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 67.7°F (19.8°C) and 48.7°F (9.3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 8 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Shaftesbury to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 49.7°F (9.8°C) and 45.3°F (7.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 7 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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