The Icelandic Met Office is predicting temperatures in the capital area tomorrow dropping to -10°C, and as low as -20°C in the countryside.
Icelandic winter temperatures usually hover around the freezing mark, with high winds and the potential for avalanches posing the greatest seasonal dangers. Tomorrow and Friday, though, are predicted to be the exception.
The Met Office forecast for the capital area tomorrow shows, at the time of this writing, daytime temperatures from -10°C to -12°C. In the countryside, temperatures could go as low as -20°C.
Meteorologist Þorstenn Jónsson told Vísir that the dreaded northerly is to blame. He predicts the cold will set in tonight, as snowfall moves steadily from the northeast to the southwest between Thursday morning and Friday evening.
Temperatures are expected to rise back up to the usual balmy -1°C to 1°C that Reykjavík winters are known for by Saturday afternoon. In the meantime, it is advised that you not go outside without sufficient winter gear, or that you perhaps stay home altogether, if possible.
As unusually low as these temperatures are, this isn’t the coldest Iceland has gotten. The lowest recorded temperature in the country was -38°C, in 1918, at Grímsstaðir and Möðrudalur in northeast Iceland.