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March the Wettest Month on Record in Reykjavík

March will see a record amount of rain in Reykjavík, Mbl.is reports. As of yesterday, 209 mm of rainfall had been recorded in Iceland’s capital since the beginning of the month.

A winter of low-fronts and precipitation

After a season of extremes, it is clear that the month of March in Reykjavík will be the wettest in recorded history. According to meteorologist Trausti Jónsson, the MET Office had recorded 209 mm of rainfall in the capital city since the beginning of the month, Mbl.is reports.

March 1923 had previously been dubbed “the wettest in recorded history,” when 183.2 mm of rainfall was recorded in Reykjavík. Although more rain is expected in the capital region during the final days of March, it will not fall in copious amounts, Trausti predicts.

A rarity of rain

It is rare for rainfall to exceed 200 mm during a single month in Reykajvík. The last time this happened was in 2016 when 206.9 mm of rainfall was recorded. The official countrywide record is 259.7 mm, registered in November 1993. In January 1842, however, 291 mm of rainfall was recorded – but 19th-century measurements are generally considered unreliable, Trausti notes.

Rainfall has been measured continuously in Reykjavík since 1920, although measurements conducted between 1884 and 1907 are considered relatively accurate. Rainfall was also measured between 1829 and 1854, although figures from that time may be unreliable.

Lots of rain in other parts of the country, too

Rain has fallen in other parts of the country besides Reykjavík, although no records are expected to be broken in North Iceland.

Continuous measurements have been conducted in Akureyri since 1928. Meteorologists have recorded 46.5 mm of rainfall in the town since March, which is just above average.

In Stykkishólmur, rain has been measured almost without interruption since 1856, and it is quite unlikely that March will see a record amount of rain there – despite a total of 160.5 mm having been registered so far (the most recorded since 1974); in March 1948, 226.8 mm of rainfall was recorded in Stykkishólmur.

Countrywide, March has also been, on average, slightly warmer compared to other years.

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