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Strong Gale Warning for Iceland, Bonfires Postponed

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning as a storm with a wind speed of more than 20 m/s is expected to hit all parts of the country in the evening, lasting through the night. The storm will arrive in South and West Iceland first.

The southerly wind will be accompanied by sleet or rain with considerable or heavy precipitation in the southeast. Travel conditions will be particularly bad on Hellisheiði mountain pass between Reykjavík and Hveragerði in the afternoon and gusts are expected to reach a speed of more than 40 m/s near mountains in the southwest.

All bonfires and celebrations on the occasion of Þrettándinn, the last day of Christmas, which had been scheduled in Reykjavík today have been postponed until next weekend, reports.

The same applies to the celebrations in Mosfellsbær and Kópavogur in the capital’s vicinity, Akranes in the west and Selfoss in the south. In Grundarfjörður, West Iceland, a new date has yet to be determined.

In Hafnarfjörður, outside Reykjavík, a bonfire will take place at the Haukar sport area at 6 pm tonight as scheduled. In Höfn in Southeast Iceland, the bonfire will be moved forward to 6 pm.

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