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Record Cold in Reykjavík in December

Only once in the past 60 years has the start of December been colder in Iceland’s capital than this year, in 1961, according to meteorologist Trausti Jónsson. One may even have to go as far back as 1936 when the frost lasted throughout the month to find records of similarly cold temperatures.


Winter in Reykjavík. Archive photo by Páll Kjartansson.

For some reason it hasn’t been common in a long time for the month to have a cold start and in fact there haven’t been many cold spells in Iceland in the past years, neither in December nor other months, Trausti wrote on his blog.

On Monday night, the frost measured -27.3°C (-17.1°F) at Neslandatangi by lake Mývatn in northeast Iceland, which is record cold for a single day in Iceland at least since 1949, Morgunblaðið* reports.

Tomorrow at noon, -11°C (12°F) is forecast for Reykjavík and similarly low temperatures in other regions.

However, on Sunday the temperatures are expected to rise, possibly leading to a slight thaw. Yet continued frost is predicted next week.

Operators of the capital ski resort at Mt. Bláfjöll plan to open it next weekend; in north Iceland slopes opened last Saturday.

Click here to read more about the ski resorts.


* The Icelandic letter ð is pronounced like th in that.

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