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Photo: Golli. The South Coast of the Ring Road in Iceland.

Weather in South and East Iceland May Make Driving Difficult

The weather forecast for today presents what may be challenging conditions for those hoping to drive through southern and eastern Iceland today.

During the afternoon, a combination of winds in the double-digit metres per second, along with rain and relatively low temperatures, implores drivers take extra caution when driving through South Iceland.

This is especially the case as much of Route 1 through South Iceland winds through relatively flat terrain, which can push against vehicles and make driving a little extra challenging in dry conditions, let alone when it is raining.

Come the late afternoon and early evening, East Iceland–in particular, the northeast–will see high winds, freezing temperatures and snow. This may decrease visibility. In addition, high winds near steep mountains such as those found in East Iceland can create wind sheers that descend these slopes at great speed.

Generally speaking, when traveling by road vehicle in Iceland, it is highly advisable to check the weather, road conditions, and SafeTravel in order to ensure your road trips are both safe and enjoyable.

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