The top news story on Stöð 2 (Channel 2) last night was about the impending storm. The talking head spoke as if a catastrophe was about to hit South Iceland.
“Two hundred millimeters of rain will fall on some parts of South Iceland over the next 24 hours,” he said. “To put this in perspective,” the newscaster said with a deep voice, “annually, 800 mm of rain falls on Reykjavík.”
Then the newscaster interviewed a woman working at a sandwich stand at Lækjartorg square in the heart of the capital. The woman said that she had informed every foreigner buying a sandwich about the bad forecast.
When I made my way to the Iceland Review office early this morning, there was just light rain with almost no wind and a temperature of around 9°C (48°F)—typical Icelandic summer weather.
Will it stay like that? Time will tell.
We will inform you if the weather goes from OK to worse.
Páll Stefánsson - [email protected]