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First “Autumn Storm of the Year” to Make Landfall This Weekend

A meteorologist with the Icelandic MET Office has warned of an upcoming storm that is unusually early for the season. Its impact is expected across various parts of the country this weekend, although no official warnings have been issued.

“An honest storm”

“It looks like we’re going to get an honest storm,” Eiríkur Örn Jóhannsson, a meteorologist on duty at the Icelandic MET Office, told Vísir yesterday.

“There is a slight autumn flavour to this low-front, and it is coming – that’s quite clear. However, it is not yet clear which area of the country will be most affected. But it is quite clear that there will be a storm somewhere and even heavy rain in some parts of the country,” he added.

Eiríkur pointed out that this kind of storm was unusually early in the seasonal cycle. As a result, the MET Office believed it is prudent to warn the public in advance, despite not having issued any official warnings yet. Eiríkur indicated, however, that official warnings were forthcoming, although the specifics remained undetermined at this time.

According to the MET office’s current analysis, the most severe weather is expected in South and West Iceland in the early hours of Saturday. When questioned about the potential impact on the annual Ljósanótt festival in Reykjanesbær, he cautioned: “I would at least monitor the weather forecast closely and take the appropriate actions.”

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