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Coldest Summer in Decades

The first 13 weeks of summer have not been colder in Reykjavík for around 20 years, and for around 30 years in Akureyri. The difference is especially marked in Akureyri, as the northern town enjoyed its warmest summer in 67 years in 2014, according to meteorologist Trausti Jónsson.

Trausti says that the cold spell which began on the official First Day of Summer has now been going on for three months—the first 13 weeks of summer, using the old calendar. He draws this conclusion by comparing average temperatures in Reykjavík, Akureyri and Egilsstaðir over the last 67 years.

“At the same time last year in Reykjavík it was warm, nearly as much as 2010, which was the warmest. We need to go back to 1992 to find as low figures as now – but the difference is not significant in the following years. Several times it was significantly colder than now, by far the coldest in 1979 and then at the beginning of the graph, 1949, and it was also poor in 1983 and 1989,” Trausti writes.

The results for Akureyri are all the more disappointing following the unusually warm summer last year. Records show it has not been this cold in summer in Akureyri since 1981 and 1983 – though it was much colder in 1979, just like in Reykjavík, reports.

In the same period last year, Egilsstaðir was unusually warm as well; though not as remarkably warm as Akureyri. The mercury reached similarly high levels there in both 1991 and 1984.

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