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Warm Weather to Continue after Short Cold Spell

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Warm Weather to Continue after Short Cold Spell

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In Reykjavík. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

After cooler temperatures, slippery road conditions and minor snowfall today, the warm weather Iceland has enjoyed so far this month is set to continue, as meteorologist Trausti Jónsson writes on his blog.

“The country finds itself in a slow, southerly wind,” Trausti explains, adding that a new low is on its way. “It will carry warm air from the southeast—which isn’t bad. That increases the likelihood of this November being the warmest in many years—not record-breaking, maybe, but not far off.”

The current average temperature in Reykjavík is 5.7°C (42.2°F), while in the past decade the average temperature in the capital in November has been around 2°C. For similar numbers, we have to go back to November 1956, which saw the average temperature of 6.0°C, and November 1945, which holds the record of 7.1°C.

“The calculation of the average temperature this year will be exciting—we may possibly be looking at the warmest year from the beginning of registered weather observations. But December is left,” Trausti points out.

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