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South and West Iceland Subject to Drought

So far this summer there has been significant drought in south and west Iceland and precipitation has not been lower in a long time. According to the online recording of meteorologist Trausti Jónsson, Reykjavík only saw 19.4 mm of precipitation in May and so far there has hardly been any rain in June.

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The drought may interfere with the haymaking season. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

If the drought continues, this might become one of the driest early summers since the beginning of weather recording, Morgunblaðið reports.

“There is hardly any precipitation in the forecasts for the coming days, only a light drizzle in the afternoon. Proper rain may not be expected until possibly late next week, but it is all very unclear yet,” stated meteorologist Hrafn Guðmundsson at the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

Even so, the water level in rivers has remained high, according to geologist Snorri Zophoníasson. “There was considerable snowfall late last winter and there is still snowmelt and thaw so generally, rivers haven’t become abnormally small.”

“The water flow was very high at the beginning of this month, especially in rivers that originate in the highlands, due to significant thaw,” Snorri added. “The water volume has shrunk quickly since then but has yet to reach a low point. But as the drought is expected to continue in June, the rivers might dry rapidly.”

Snorri pointed out that the level of the ground water in Heiðmörk, Reykjavík’s drinking water supply, is similar as last year.

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