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Coldest May in Reykjavík in Decades

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Coldest May in Reykjavík in Decades

Winter in Reykjavík

It may not have snowed much in Reykjavík this month, but people are still wearing parkas. Archive photo. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The current May is the fourth coldest in Iceland’s capital since 1949 and the coldest since 1979, according to meteorologist Trausti Jónsson. The southwestern corner of the country has been the worst hit by cool westerly winds, while it has been slightly warmer in other regions.

“May will not be remembered with warmth,” another meteorologist, Björn Sævar Einarsson, commented to mbl.is when asked about the weather. It snowed on mountain passes and in some parts of the West Fjords yesterday, while Akureyri in the north was subject to sleet.

The weather is not expected to improve in the coming days.

“There’s still no sign of warm air,” Trausti wrote on his blog yesterday. “The next two to three days will probably be colder than the last. Temperatures will increase somewhat this weekend but not to any significant extent.”

Today northerly wind of 3-10 m/s is forecast and light rain or sleet in places in the north, but showers in the afternoon. It will be mostly fair in the south. The temperature will be 2-12°C (36-54°F), warmest in the south, vedur.is reports.

Tomorrow morning there will be increasing wind from the southeast, 10-18 m/s. It will start to rain by the southwestern coast in afternoon, but elsewhere the wind will be lighter with clearing skies and rising temperatures in the north.

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