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Summer Weather in Iceland

Although Iceland’s first official day of summer is at the end of April, Icelanders usually don’t see high temperatures until June or July. However, this week temperatures ranging from ten to 20°C are forecast in Iceland.

A bright summer’s day in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

“It’s a fine summer heat,” commented meteorologist Einar Sveinbjörnsson to Morgunbladid. All parts of the country will experience warm weather, he said, especially the southeastern region.

The temperature rose to as much as 22°C (71°F) in Skaftafell yesterday (which is rare in Iceland, even in the height of summer) and 19°C (66°F) in Akureyri.

In Neskaupstadur, east Iceland, children stripped down to their underwear and went bathing in the ocean, even though there was still snow in the mountains and patches of snow had yet to melt in places around town.

Sveinbjörnsson explained that the heat wave is caused by warm air from the southwest which is currently above the country and the lack of wind to cool it down.

Click here to watch RÚV’s broadcast of the young ocean bathers in Neskaupstadur.

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