Unseasonal Cold and Rain Mark Iceland's June Skip to content

Unseasonal Cold and Rain Mark Iceland’s June

By Ragnar Tómas

People in the rain on Skólavörðustígur street, Reykjavík.
Photo: Golli. People in the rain on Skólavörðustígur street, Reykjavík..

June in Iceland was colder and wetter than average, with Reykjavík and Akureyri experiencing below-normal temperatures and significant rainfall, the Icelandic Meteorological Office reports. June also saw an unusual snowstorm in North Iceland, leading to major disruptions.

Below-average temperatures

According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the average temperature in Reykjavík in June was 8.7°C, 1.1°C below the 1991-2020 average and 1.1°C below the last decade’s average. In Akureyri, North Iceland, the average temperature was 8.2°C, 1.4°C below the 1991-2020 average and 2.3°C below the last decade’s average.

The northeast of Iceland experienced the coldest temperatures relative to the rest of the country, while the south of Iceland saw the warmest, the MET Office notes.

Significant precipitation

June was also unusually wet in North Iceland. In Akureyri, precipitation measured 54.9 mm, more than twice the 1991-2020 average. June precipitation has only been higher five times in Akureyri, most recently in 2005, the MET Office notes.

Precipitation in Reykjavík measured 59.3 mm, about 35% above the 1991-2020 average. Days with 1.0 mm or more of precipitation in Reykjavík totalled 10, which is one more than the average. In Akureyri, there were 11 such days, seven more than average.

An unusual amount of snow

As reported by IR, there was also an unusually high amount of snow in North Iceland owing to a northerly spell in early June. The highest snow depths were recorded at Vöglum in Vaglaskógur (43 cm on June 5).

Various places around North and Northeast Iceland – Grímsstaðir á Fjöllum, Dalsmynni in Hjaltadalur, Sakka in Svarfaðardalur – experienced the highest recorded snow depth for June from freshly fallen snow.

The snow caused significant problems. “Farmers suffered damage, many birds died, and mountain road travel was greatly disrupted,” the MET Office notes.

Finally, sunshine hours in Reykjavík measured 197.5, 8 hours above the 1991-2020 average. In Akureyri, sunshine hours totalled 187.9, two hours below the 1991-2020 average.

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