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The Coldest Month of June Since 1952

Last month was recorded to be the coldest June Iceland has seen in more than a decade.

According to information given to Morgunbladid by The Icelandic Met Office, the northeastern parts of Iceland were particularly cool. The average temperature in Reykjavík was 9.2°C and 6.7°C in Akureyri, or 2.4 degrees below average.

Akureyri has not seen such low temperatures in more than half a century, or since 1959, and the summer in Reykjavík has not been this cool since 1999.

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From Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Yesterday, Morgunbladid spoke to meteorologist Trausti Jónsson and asked about the cool temperatures in June.

“I can’t say if the weather will improve or not. There are records of several cold months of June but every such summer has been up and down.

“There are no explanations for the unusual north-eastern conditions; we’ve seen this weather pattern before but it doesn’t mean anything. The northeastern system has been unusually persistent this season with very little sunlight and precipitation.”

In his blog, trj.blog.is, he wrote that every day in June frosty temperatures were recorded somewhere in Iceland; in urban communities he counted fifteen days when the temperatures went below 0°C.

Temperatures have only reached 20°C once this summer, on June 19th of June in Thingvellir and Thyrli, Hvalfjördur, but they have risen above 10°C every day of the month somewhere in Iceland.

What is interesting is that in Stórhöfði the heat record held since 1951 was broken by 0.7 degrees on June the 28th of June when the temperatures reached 15.5°C.

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