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Iceland Warm in the South, Cold in the North

By Iceland Review

Although the weather was lovely in Reykjavík last weekend, sunny, winds calm and fairly warm, it was still cold in the north of the country where the low temperatures and cloudy days are impacting the growth of grass in pastures.


Am early summer’s day in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

“It has been very cold and the temperature has only once exceeded ten degrees in June,” Bjarni Sigurdur Adalgeirsson, farmer at Mánárbakki on Tjörnes in northeast Iceland told Morgunbladid.

Adalgeirsson said that in addition to having a bad influence on the harvest, the weather is also plain depressing. He hasn’t seen the sun for five to six weeks and cannot remember such a gloomy summer since 1979 when the weather was even worse.

However, there is still hope for a good harvest as there is plenty of moisture in the soil. Now only sunshine is needed for the grass to grow.

Meteorologist Trausti Jónsson pointed out in his blog that the northerly winds which have caused the cold June aren’t necessarily an indication of a bad summer.

Both the summers of 1897 and 1952 were characterized by a harsh northerly wind in June yet the overall summer temperature ended up being close to average in both cases.

There is no way of knowing how the weather in July or August will be this year and there is no connection between the weather conditions in early and late summer, Jónsson stated.

Today’s forecast is 6-12°C (43-54°F), warmest in the southwest and coldest in the east, with sunshine in the north and west and overcast skies in the south and east with occasional rainfall.

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