Reykjavík has only had 343.7 hours of sunshine this summer, making it the grayest summer on record for the city.
Temperatures may reach as high as 20°C [68° F] in East Iceland today, although later in the week Hurricane Chris may have an effect on weather patterns here.
According to psychiatrist Þórgunnur Ársælsdóttir, Icelanders’ mental wellbeing is very much tied up in doses of good, sunny summer weather.
Domestic airline Air Iceland Connect had to cancel nearly half of its flights to and from Ísafjörður in February.
Nearly every hotel in the capital area was fully booked on Sunday night, leaving travelers who’ve been stranded in Iceland because of inclement weather without a place to stay.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued an orange warning for the capital area, as extreme weather has hit Iceland. Winds have reached up to 45 metres per second in some areas. Further extreme weather is expected in the next days.
Rare Kelvin Helmholtz clouds, known as “wave clouds” in Icelandic, caught the attention of Reykjavík residents yesterday.
Rescue services were busy around the country last night, due to extreme weather, particularly in the northern parts.
Yesterday‘s storm didn‘t go unnoticed by Icelanders, causing minor property damage as well as temporary power blackouts across the capital area, Reykjanes, the Westman Islands and more locations.
The Icelandic Met Office asked residents in Iceland to prepare for a storm today, which has currently begun to reach Icelandic shores.
October was an unusually warm month this year, with heat levels above average in every part of the nation.
The temperature reached 21.6°C (70.88°F) in Reykjavík at 3 pm yesterday, the highest temperature recorded in the capital since 2008.
Iceland is experiencing a summer heat wave this week, with temperatures rising over 25°C (77°F) for the first time since 2013.
Although some years it feels as though the number of summer days in Iceland can be counted on one hand, meteorologist Trausti Jónsson has claimed that summer in Iceland actually lasts well into September.