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Last Year the Coldest of the Century

The Icelandic Met Office has published a report regarding last year’s weather in Iceland. According to the report the weather was mainly favorable, although spring was harsh in the North and the East and the summer was on the greyer side in the South and the West, with precipitation and cloudiness above average.

iceberg_psIceberg in South Iceland. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

In fact, this was the dullest summer of the new century in this part of the country. An unusually severe but brief cold spell hit during the last days of April and early May resulting in May minimum temperature records for the island as a whole as well as the inhabited areas, the report, written by meteorologist Trausti Jónsson, also reveals.

The year 2013 was relatively warm with temperatures 0.4 to 1.0°C above the 1961-1990 average. It was warmest in the East but nearer the average in the Southwest.

Even though the year saw warm temperatures it was the coldest one the 21st century has seen in the Southwest. In the North and the East the temperatures in 2005 and 2011 were similar to that of 2013.

In Reykjavík this was the 18th consecutive year with above-normal temperatures, and the 15th in Akureyri, North Iceland.

To learn more about weather in Iceland in the year 2013, visit


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