Cold Spell One Of The Worst In Decades - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Cold Spell One Of The Worst In Decades

Published December 6, 2011

The cold weather that has Iceland in its grip is breaking records across the country, in some places reaching temperatures not seen in decades.
Our readers in the capital area have undoubtedly felt the bite of winter over the past few days, and today is no exception. While Iceland is famous in part for its mild winters, Reykjavík today is experiencing temperatures at around -6°C. The cold spell isn’t expected to let up any time soon, either. The lowest temperatures this week are forecast to occur at around midnight, between Wednesday and Thursday, when the area could plummet as low as -10°C.
In fact, the chill is being felt all over the country, with temperatures below zero across the land. Yet nowhere is this felt more strongly than in the north. Vísir reports that at Lake Mývatn last night, temperatures dropped to an astonishing -27.3°C. Temperatures this low in the Highlands in the winter are not unusual, but it does mark a record for more populated areas. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Iceland was -39.7°C.
The cold spell currently covering Reykjavík, while lower than it has been in at least the past 50 years, is expected to break over the weekend. At that time, temperatures are forecast to rise above the zero Celsius mark again.


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