Coldest Winter In About 20 Years - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Coldest Winter In About 20 Years

Published February 29, 2016

Photos by
Art Bicnick

The 2015-2016 winter season in Iceland is the coldest it has been since at least 1995, a meteorlogist points out.

Vísir reports that meteorologist Trausti Jónsson has compiled data about weather winter in Iceland spanning back decades. His findings show that for the winter months – demarcated as December, January and February – average national temperatures during these months from 2015 to 2016 were lower than they have been since 1995.

Temperature changes were not the same in every part of the country, however. Winter has been considerably colder further inland, while average temperatures in Reykjavík have only been about 1.3°C lower than the previous decade’s average.

Most interestingly of all, the warmest part of Iceland is its northernmost populated point: the island of Grímsey. There, temperatures have actually been 1.2°C above the average from 1961 to 1990, and only 0.7°C below the average for the past ten years.

Incidentally, the weather forecast for the next few days shows dropping temperatures – getting as low as -13°C on Wednesday – with snow and sleet predicted to arrive sporadically.

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