The temperature dropped to as low as -27.3°C (-17.1°F) by lake Mývatn in northeast Iceland last night; countrywide the lowest temperature at that point. There is significant frost around the country.
Lake Mývatn. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.
In some places water has frozen in pipes and there is a risk of leakage causing damage. Such incidents might surface with the next thaw.
According to long-term weather forecasts, the frost and snow will remain throughout December and Icelanders might be in for a white Christmas, RÚV reports.
The pond in front of Reykjavík City Hall is frozen and the ice has become solid enough for crossing it on foot. However, pedestrians are advised to be cautious, visir.is reports.
City workers prepared the opening of an ice rink on the pond yesterday, clearing away the snow. Last weekend, ski resorts opened in north Iceland and cross-country tracks are open in Reykjavík’s resort in Mt. Bláfjöll and in the outdoor recreation area Heiðmörk.
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