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Greatest Frost in Iceland in August in 30 Years

After a hot summer, the cool autumn appears to have arrived in Iceland. The temperature dropped to -5.3°C (22.5°F) at Brúsastaðir in Vatnsdalur, Northwest Iceland, on Sunday night, which is the lowest temperature measured in Iceland in August since 1982, when the frost measured -5.6°C (21.9°F) at Staðarhóll in Aðaldalur, Northeast Iceland.

autumn03_zrAutumn in Iceland. Photo by Zoë Robert.

According to, the all-time record was -7.5°C (18.5°F) at Sandbúðir on Sprengisandur in the central highlands in August 1975.

Night frost was again reported in a few locations this morning with potato farmers in East Iceland worrying about their harvest, reports.

Snow has also fallen on mountain tops in the north. Sleet may hit the lowlands tomorrow, possibly causing slippery conditions on highland roads.

As if on cue, the new Icelandic sci-fi thriller Frost by director Reynir Lyngdal will premiere on September 7. It features a young couple following in the footsteps of an expedition, whose members seem to have disappeared mysteriously in the highlands.

Click here to watch the film’s trailer on and here to read about a heat record set earlier this month.


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