Though June is halfway through, locals in some regions of Iceland will have to wait a little longer for summer weather. Yesterday brought snow flurries across North and East Iceland and temperatures hovered around freezing. Meteorologist Einar Sveinbjörnsson expects the next three weeks to be unseasonably cold across most of the country.
Search and Rescue crews were called out to assist a group of tourists yesterday near Þakgil campsite north of Vík í Mýrdal, South Iceland. The campsite was buried under around 10cm (3.9in) of snow and a few visitors had gotten stuck on their way from the campsite. The road to the campsite is a fairly steep and unpaved, the main reason Þakgil is only open to visitors in the summer.
In his weather forecast for the next three weeks, Einar stated the week of June 14-21 would be characterised by northerly winds and temperatures of around 5°C (41°F) in Akureyri, while South Iceland would enjoy some sun. June 21-28 will be slightly warmer but fairly rain with the East and Southeast regions enjoying the best weather. According to Einar, there is a 60% chance the weather will stay cool in the following week (June 28-July 5), with not only Iceland, but also Scandinavia and mainland Europe experiencing unseasonably low temperatures.