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Hottest Day of the Summer in Reykjavík Yesterday

Capital residents enjoyed the hottest day of the summer so far yesterday when temperatures reached 22.6°C (72.7°F). A number of people spent the day tanning on the thermal beach Nauthólsvík and playing in the ocean.

Nauthólsvík in summer 2008. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

Although it is unusual for the temperature to surpass 20°C in Reykjavík, yesterday was not as hot as July 30 last year, when the all-time heat record was broken.

Skrauthólar in Kjalarnes, just outside Reykjavík, boasted the highest temperature in the country yesterday, 22.8°C (73°F), while other regions were considerably cooler, Fréttabladid reports.

Akureyri and Egilsstadir in the northeastern part of the country, which have enjoyed their share of sun and high temperatures in the past weeks, had to live with temperatures of 13°C (55.4°F) and 8°C (46.4°F), respectively.

Despite the heat in the capital, a number of people traveled to the countryside yesterday. Around 2,000 people are believed to have spent the day in the outdoor recreational area of Thórsmörk, for example.

The sun will continue to shine on southwest Iceland in the coming days, although temperatures are expected to drop gradually until the end of this week.

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