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Extreme Weather Warning for Iceland

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Extreme Weather Warning for Iceland

The wind forecast map for tomorrow. Photo: Veðurstofa Íslands.

An extreme weather warning with hurricane force winds has been issued for Iceland for Monday. Police have strongly urged people against traveling tomorrow with the weather described as very dangerous. The weather is expected to be the worst in Reykjavík in 25 years when strong wind lifted cars from the ground.

The Department of Civic Protection has urged people in South Iceland to stay home after 1 pm tomorrow and people in other parts of the country, including the capital, after 5 pm. People have been asked to remove snow and ice, where possible, from their balconies and windows and to bring any loose objects indoors to minimize the potential for damages during the storm.

The forecast for Monday: Southeast winds 8-15 m/s and cloudy in the south and west, but calmer winds and fair in the northeast. Increasing east winds tomorrow, 20-25 m/s and snow and blowing snow in the south by afternoon. Violent storm or hurricane force winds tomorrow night, 25-35 m/s with sleet or snow. Note that gusts of up to 60 m/s are forecast. Temperature near freezing, but 0 to 5ºC in the southern part of the country.

On Tuesday: South and southwest winds 20 to 25 m/s with rain or sleet in the west, but south 13 to 18 m/s in the east and rain or sleet in the southeast. The wind will decrease late noon in all parts of the country. South 13 to 20 m/s by evening and snowshowers, strongest wind in the west and moderating wind by evening. Temperature 0 to 5ºC.

Visit vedur.is for weather updates.

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