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Ansty Weather

Click on the weather station image to access current and past weather data for the Bourne Valley, near Porton in Salisbury 

The data from any weather station will reflect its own topography, altitude and local environment. Figures will vary somewhat from other reporting weather stations even close by. Typically each station locality possesses its own micro-climate and Ansty is no exception.   Over a year (or even longer) these variations are ironed out somewhat but a picture of the local climate emerges.



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From our local weather correspondent. 

July 2022: Very sunny; extremely dry; well above monthly mean temperature with some record-breaking hot days tempered by some cool nights!

The showery regime that was established in the last week of June gradually gave way to more settled weather as a large ridge of High Pressure slowly built in from the Atlantic. The first week saw rather cloudy conditions but the sun managed to show its face for most days, and it gradually warmed up.

The Azores High to the southwest of the UK continued to pump up warm air into the second week with days of sunshine and very high temperatures. Fortunately, nights were still relatively cool until the 12th and the Azores high was punctured by a weak cold front which brought a little some relief but little in the way of rain but unfortunately it did aid the circulation of exceptionally warm air from the Sahara to start its journey towards the UK.

By now continental Europe was in the grip of an intense heatwave. Thereafter the Azores anticyclone settled over the UK and further warmed the already very warm air mass moving in from Spain by compression. Forecasters knew what we were in for: record temperatures were on the cards even if the heatwave was not to last for a long time.
Weather forecasters were very worried that the 16th to 20th would be seriously hot with adverse impacts.

The Azores anticyclone would, in effect, act like a ‘heat pump.’ Temperatures hovered around the 30 C mark for that period, but the 18th saw records tumble – even for Ansty! 34.9 C is the highest temperature ever recorded four our part of the world. The all-time high of 38.7 C recorded in Cambridge in 2017 was smashed by 40.3 C (104.5 F) at Coningsby in eastern England on the 19th July, 2022. During this period some spectacularly low humidity readings were achieved: 21% relative humidity was recorded on the 18th and 19th with 10 days scoring 40% or below. No wonder the landscape looked parched!

Such is the variability of our weather the Azores receded a little allowing much cooler air to flow from the north bringing maximum temperatures down to the mid-20s or even lower! A south westerly airstream was then established bringing more cloud with breezy winds and the threat of showers – although little rain fell in Ansty putting us on course for a drought not seen since 1976.

The last few days of the month and the Azores Anticyclone continued to pool up ridges of High Pressure particularly over the southern half of the UK. Here the weather remained predominantly dry although some places did receive a heavy shower- some giving over an inch of rain in a very short time – unfortunately missing Ansty although we did get a few spits and specks! By now the countryside was looking exceptionally parched with bleached straw coloured grass lining the roadsides – last seen in 2003 and we were nearly there with another impending drought in 2018. Another very weak front with barely any rain on it passed over Ansty early on the last day of July and the dry weather continued.

Will August see a breakdown in the weather patterns leading to much needed rain? After all it is the summer holidays …. and August can sometimes be a wet month? However, the signs for more persistent rain in the south don’t look that good. Watch out for water supply restrictions.

So far, we have only had 11.77 inches of rain this year which is about half of what we should have had by this stage. Most of us now accept that ‘climate change’ is caused by the burning of fossil fuels be it gas, coal, oil or wood and the warming trend is plain to see with all the knock-on effects to the natural environment. We are all moving painfully slowly towards doing anything about it at any level. It is likely that we have gone past the ‘tipping point’ and the damage to our global ecosystem is irreversible and catastrophic. Sobering.

Provisional statistics show that our part of Southern Wiltshire in England has had the driest July since records began in 1836. Click here for details: Driest July Ever!

Ansty Weather – JULY 2022 Statistics: 

Temperatures: Average Minimum 10.5 C (Long Term Av: 12.0 C) Average Maximum 26.1 C (Long Term Average 21.9 C) Overall Mean: 18.3 C (Long Term Average 16.7 C) which is 1.5 C deg above the LTA, so yet another ‘warm month’ in a long list of warm months!

Highest daily Max: 34.9 C (18th); Lowest daily Min: 19.1  C (2nd); Highest nightly Max 16.7 C (24th); Lowest nightly Min 4.1 C (2nd)

Rainfall: Monthly total: 0.20 ins (4.0 mm) LTA 2.32 ins (58.9 mm); Wettest day: 0.10 ins (2.54 mm) 22nd; Number of days when it rained: 5 (barely measurable rain except 22nd)

Sunshine recorded: 22 days

Night (Air) Frosts recorded:  0

Average monthly atmospheric pressure: 1020 mb (generally weak atmospheric conditions: weak ridges of high pressure predominated with occasional weak troughs of low pressure!

Average monthly humidity: 74.5% Quite humid for July.

Average monthly wind speed: 1.6 mph (2.6 km/h); Highest wind gust: 19 mph (30.6 km/h) on the 24th . These figures would be easily doubled for more exposed locations in Ansty.

To view all the Ansty monthly weather statistics tap JULY 2022 for details and more besides! 

Tap/click Ansty’s Annual Weather Statistics for 2021 and to view the summary! 

If you want to visit another weather station packed with information – try this site:  Southampton Weather Station

Keep your ‘weather eye’ open.  Walk along the Downs on a summer evening above Ansty and take a photo or two of a sunrise or sunset, unusual cloud formation; even the moon or stars and send them in!

Further reading:  

Check the daily count here: DAILY CO2 COUNT  Despite the coronavirus lockdown and the economic downturn – the CO2 count still continues to rise at the same rate!

Interesting Local, National and International items concerning weather and climate: (latest last)

Cop26 2021


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UK’s 40 C heatwave down to human-induced climate change.

Europe swelters in blistering June heat

Last day of March sees a return to winter!

How Storm Eunice affected Ansty

Storm Eunice February 2022

A mild winter blows out at the end! December 2021- February 2022


2021: The UK’s weather in review

The Earthshot Prize: Repairing Our Planet – an excellent and positive look at ways we might repair our planet from the ravages of human occupation on BBC iplayer.

Our Planet Now

Record June Temperatures  in North America

Flooding in Europe (July)

Storm Christoph

Cop26-2021 and Climate Change


Climate Change 2020

Click on this link ‘Last decade second hottest in 100 years’ from our own UK Met Office.

Click WeatherEye for a look into 2020.

Click here to read about Storm JorgeFloods caused by Storm Dennis  and Floods caused by Storm Ciara

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Sunniest Month on Record (from the BBC)  Sunniest May Ever (UK) (from The Times)

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New maximum temperature for December 2019 recorded in Scotland

A British History in Weather (BBC Radio 4)

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Hottest August Bank Holiday Ever – 2019

How we are wrecking the Earth’s balanced ‘Carbon Cycle’

Climate Change: UK’s warmest years

Heatwave July 2019

Climate Change – unparalleled


Was summer 2018 the hottest on record?

Noctilucent Clouds

What are Noctilucent Clouds?

The drought of 1976

From the Met Office in 2016

Spectacular sun-set and moon-rise over Ansty, October, 2018


Ansty Weather Statistics 2017

Ansty Weather Statistics 2018

Ansty Weather Statistics 2019

Ansty Weather Statistics 2020

Ansty Weather Statistics 2021