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Sixteen Centimeter Snow Cover in Reykjavík

Whereas long-term weather forecasts indicated summer would arrive in Iceland’s capital region with 17°C (63°F) temperatures and sunshine today, the ground is actually covered in snow.


Snow in Reykjavík, February 2011. Photo by Dagbjört Oddný Matthíasdóttir.

On Saturday, the last day of April, the southwestern corner of Iceland was subject to fairly heavy snowfall. The snow cover ended up measuring 16 centimeters the following day, which is a more than two-decade record for May 1.

According to, only in 1987 was the snow cover thicker on May 1, measuring 17 centimeters, and the ground has not been white in Reykjavík on this day since 1993.

“It hasn’t been cold but rather cold in the upper atmosphere,” explained meteorologist Einar Sveinbjörnsson to Morgunbladid. “And that has caused southwesterly winds to be dominant and significant precipitation which often falls as sleet or snow.”

Today, rain and 9°C (48°F) is forecast for Reykjavík, while the summer weather originally promised will actually hit north and east Iceland with sunshine and 14°C (57°F) in Akureyri and 17°C in Egilsstadir.

Click here to read the original weather forecast.

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