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Cloudiest Summer on Record for Reykjavík

Reykjavík has only had 343.7 hours of sunshine this summer, making it the grayest summer on record for the city, RÚV reports. The data comes from meteorologist Trausti Jónsson.

Since April 19th, known as the first day of summer and celebrated as a national holiday in Iceland, a significant shift in the weather has led to a cooler and cloudier summer than usual, Trausti explains. Although the summers of 1913, 1914, and 1984 come close in how little the sun showed itself, 2018 so far sets a record for Reykjavík. The capital has also broken the previous record for summer precipitation, which has reached over 300 millimetres (11.8in) this season.

Not all of Iceland is dreary this summer, however – the Eastfjords have been experiencing higher than average temperatures and a fair share of sunny days.

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