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Reykjavík Unusually White in January

Iceland’s capital saw 24 days of complete snow cover in the past month, which is a 19-year record. Only five times has there been more snow in Reykjavík in January since regular measuring of snow depth began in 1921.


Reykjavík in January. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

In Akureyri in the north there were 21 days of complete snow cover in January, which is an average rating, reports.

In most parts of the country, January was a month of heavy precipitation and storms. The temperature was above average but fluctuated significantly.

The highest temperature last month of 15.6°C (60.1°F) was recorded near Vopnafjörður in northeast Iceland, whereas the month’s record low was -22.6°C (-8.7°F) at Brú in Jökuldalur in the eastern highlands.

Precipitation was above average in south and west Iceland but also in many regions in the north. In Reykjavík it measured 144.6 millimeters, which is 90 percent above average for January.

Click here to read about the record snow in the capital in December.


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