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New Heat Record for March Set in Iceland

By Iceland Review

The temperature reached 19.6°C (67.3°F) at an automatic weather observation post run by the Icelandic Road Administration at Kvísker in Öræfi, southeast Iceland, yesterday, and one degree lower by the Icelandic Meteorological Office’s automatic post in the same location.


Iceland has been graced with mild temperatures lately. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

It thus appears that a new heat record for March has been set in Iceland, Morgunblaðið reports.

The past records were set at Sandur in Aðaldalur, northeast Iceland, on March 27, 1948, when the temperature measured 18.3°C, and when an automatic weather observation post in Eskifjörður, east Iceland, picked up a temperature of 18.8°C on March 28, 2000.

Hálfdán Björnsson, farmer at Kvísker in Öræfi, said he cannot remember the weather ever having been so warm in March before.

“It feels like spring and one doesn’t have to dress warmly,” Hálfdán said. “The vegetation is coming alive; there are purple saxifrages all around and it appears that the Alpine lady’s mantle is starting to spread.”

A few migration birds have also appeared; an oystercatcher came looking for his nesting spot the day before yesterday and a number of redwings have arrived, Hálfdán reported, adding that small butterflies and flies were starting to buzz.


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