Summer Temperatures In The Eastfjords - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Summer Temperatures In The Eastfjords

Published November 27, 2013

The weather station at Dalatangi, on the far east of Iceland, showed 20.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and the temperature in Eskifjörður went up to 18.5 degrees.

That’s very unusual temperatures at this time of year as it’s more common to see those figures on what is considered a good summer’s day in Iceland.

Óli Þór Árnason, meteorologist at the Icelandic Met Office told Mbl.is however that this can occasionally occur in the Eastfjords.

“This happens when there’s windy weather so that Foehn wind is formed. That’s when the air goes fast down the eastern slopes of the mountain and becomes warmer than when it went up the slopes on the western side. Foehn wind is common in south- and southwesterly winds and when that happens, temperatures often get high in the Eastfjords,” Óli Þór explained.

Tuesday’s temperatures are among the highest ever recorded in November although the weather station in Sauðanes, North Iceland, showed 23.3 degrees at one point in November 1997.


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