Meteorologists Now Predict A Snowy Christmas - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Meteorologists Now Predict A Snowy Christmas

Published December 19, 2016

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Art Bicnick

Previous forecasts about a snow-free Christmas have now been turned on their head, less than a week before Christmas itself.

RÚV reports that most of Iceland should be covered with snow for Christmas Day. The northeast of the country, surprisingly, may actually experience little to no snow this Christmas. Normally, the northeast experiences considerable snowfall.

This latest forecast flips the previous forecast on Christmas weather, as it was predicted that the very warm December we have been experiencing would also preclude snow.

December has already been unseasonably warm, in keeping with the slightly higher temperatures Iceland has been experiencing through the autumn. The average temperature recorded for this month so far is 7.42°C, which is 6.41°C warmer than average December temperatures from 1961 to 1990.

However, bear in mind that Iceland’s weather is notoriously mercurial; we may have some of the best meteorologists in the world, but even they can be fooled by Mother Nature.

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