Iceland Met Office Issues Weather Warning


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Iceland Met Office Issues Weather Warning

By Zoë Robert
Lake Kleifarvatn

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

A deep low is forecast in Southwest and West Iceland tomorrow. The Icelandic Met Office has urged travelers to keep an eye on weather updates over the next few days.

Southeast winds of 10-18 m/s with wind gusts of up to 35 m/s are expected in Southwest and West Iceland tomorrow.

Heavy rain is also expected with the greatest amounts in the south tomorrow afternoon and evening. Cumulative rainfall amounts could exceed 150 mm over 24 hours and heavy melting of snow and ice is expected. Water levels are expected to rise over the next few days. Rising stream and river levels are expected on Snæfellsnes peninsula, the Hvítá region (both west and south of Langjökull), around the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull ice caps, and south of the Vatnajökull ice cap.

Travelers are cautioned against fording rivers in these regions. Mudflows (lahars) could occur on the southern slopes of Eyjafjallajökull, for example on the Svaðbælisá river.

On Wednesday the low is forecast to move to the northeast over Iceland. Precipitation will continue, with the highest accumulation in the northwest and northern parts of the country.

Winds are expected to decrease on Thursday, but precipitation is not expected to decrease in the north.

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