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Rainfall Records Set in Iceland in April

The Icelandic Meteorological Office revealed this week that some precipitation records were broken last month, which was unusually rainy in many regions in south Iceland as well as in the northwestern corner of the country.

Rainfall near Akureyri. Mt. Súlur is in the background. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The most interesting precipitation record, according to meteorologist Trausti Jónsson, was the one that was set in the Westman Islands, where it has never been rainier since precipitation was first recorded there in 1881, Morgunbladid reports.

Precipitation in Reykjavík measured 100 mm in April, which is 70 percent above average, while in Akureyri precipitation was only 27 mm, 20 percent below average.

April was also unusually warm. In Reykjavík the average temperature was 5.0°C (41.0°F), 2.1 degrees above average, and in Akureyri the temperature measured 3.1°C (37.58°F), 1.9 degrees above average.

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