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Two Weeks into Summer: More Snow to Come?

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Two Weeks into Summer: More Snow to Come?

Sunshine reflected in a high rise by the Reykjavík seaside.

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Two weeks after Iceland’s official First Day of Summer, it is fair to say summer has been cold so far.

Top temperatures have barely crept above freezing so far this ‘summer’, despite the season being two weeks old, according to the calendar at least. And there is no prospect of warmth in the latest forecasts either.

The Icelandic Met Office is predicting almost nothing but blue numbers (used to signify temperatures of zero degrees centigrade or lower) across the whole of Iceland in the coming days, and in to next week.

Luckily the cold temperatures do not mean the weather is bad. DV points out that South and West Iceland can look forward to bright, calm weather the rest of this week and over the weekend—with temperatures even creeping slightly above freezing in the daytime, but continued nighttime frost.

It is what Icelanders call ‘window weather’.

Those in the north and east of the country are not so lucky, as they can look forward to continued cloud cover and sleet or snow and temperatures around freezing.

Wind speeds are thankfully low across all of Iceland, at 5-13 meters per second, strongest in the east, and coming from a cold northerly direction everywhere.

Though the forecast may yet change, Reykjavík could even have snow to look forward to at around lunchtime on Saturday.

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