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Photo: Golli. Akureyri, North Iceland.

Wednesday May Be Hottest Day of the Year

Although the summer is nearing its end in Iceland, unseasonably warm weather may still be on the horizon—at least in some parts of the country. Temperatures on Wednesday could reach 28°C [82.4°F] in northwest Iceland, RÚV reports. Weather in the south of the country will, unfortunately, be much cooler.

“The position of weather systems right now is such that there’s a high-pressure zone over the UK and a low-pressure zone to the southwest of [the east Iceland village of] Hvarf,” remarked Meteorologist Teitur Arason in a lunchtime weather report on Monday. “My good colleague calls this a two-engine system because it directs a very warm airmass to us far south from the sea. But the air is also very humid, so it will be overcast and rainy in the South and West of the country.”

North and East Iceland have enjoyed sunny skies and relatively temperate weather this summer. Thus far, the highest temperature of the year was 27.5°C [81.5°F]  in Akureyri on July 20.

On the same day that temperature records may be broken up north, unusually strong winds are expected to blast Snæfellsnes in West Iceland, particularly the northern side of the peninsula. Vehicles prone to toppling in strong winds, such as buses and RVs are cautioned about traveling in the area on Wednesday.

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