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Record Heat in East Iceland Yesterday

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Record Heat in East Iceland Yesterday

The road across mountain pass Fjarðarheiði in East Iceland.

Fjarðarheiði mountain pass, East Iceland. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

There was unseasonably warm air over Iceland yesterday, according to meteorologist Trausti Jónsson’s blog, trj.blog.is. Heat records for February were broken at many weather stations in East Iceland, and, surprisingly, the highest temperature readings came from the mountains.

One came from Brúðardalur in East Iceland, from an elevation of 300 m (984 ft). The weather station’s high yesterday was 17.8˚ C (64˚ F). It was not a national record, but an amazing number nonetheless. At Eyjabakkar, an automated weather station at an elevation of more than 650 m (2,133 ft), north of Vatnajökull glacier, the thermometer registered an incredible 19.1˚ C (66˚ F), albeit for only two minutes, shortly before 2 pm. That number remains to be verified, but if it’s accurate, it would break the national record of just over 18˚ C, set in 1998, according to RÚV.

Yesterday, February heat records were set at 17 weather stations, which have been operating since before 2000.

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