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Warmest Summer Ever in Iceland’s Capital

The average temperature of the three summer months, June, July and August, in Reykjavík this year was 12.2°C (54°F), which makes this the warmest summer in the capital since temperatures were first recorded in 1871, according to meteorologist Trausti Jónsson.

A sunny day in Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Two summers come close to being as warm with only a difference of 0.1°C, 2008 and 1939, Morgunbladid reports.

Record heat was also measured in Stykkishólmur in the west and the Westman Islands south of Iceland this summer with average temperatures of 11.5°C (52.7°F) and 10.9°C (51.6°F), respectively.

At Hveravellir in the highlands, only the summer of 2003 exceeds this one in terms of heat and in Akureyri in the north, the summer ranks 12th in terms of record temperatures.

It has also been sunny; in Reykjavík there were 83 more sunny hours in June through August than during an average summer, although it is not a record. In Akureyri sunny hours passed those of an average summer by 22.

According to the Meteorological Office’s definition, September is the fourth summer month. “In 1939 and 1941 September was exceptionally warm so the fight for the best summer will be difficult when September will be added to the average temperature. It will be exciting to monitor it,” Jónsson said.

September is off to a good start. This weekend the weather will be best in north and east Iceland with temperatures possibly exceeding 20°C (68°F). It will be relatively warm throughout the country the entire weekend, although it might rain in south Iceland.

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