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Winter Retreats in Iceland, Tenth Warmest November

The thermometer showed 11°C (52°F) at 3 am during still and mild weather in Akureyri, north Iceland, last night, which is unseasonably warm and unusual at that hour. So far, this is the tenth warmest November since temperatures were first registered in Iceland.


From Akureyri. Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In Akureyri winter arrived early this year and townspeople had prepared for a snowy season—at this time last year the town was covered in snow, reports.

“Last year we were busy with snow shoveling, working 16 hours a day. Now we try to use the daylight to lay turf, which is a summer job,” commented machinist Eidur Jónsson who works for the town council.

Earlier this month it was reported that the ground had turned white in Akureyri and that the slopes were about to open at the local ski resort. Now the snow is gone, at least in the lowlands.

The average temperature in Reykjavík during the first half of this month was 6.3°C (43°F), which makes it the fourth warmest November since registration began, reports.

Meteorologist Trausti Jónsson pointed out that many other Novembers have started off similar to this one but then turned cold towards the end. However, according to forecasts, it will remain warm in Iceland at least until after next weekend, Morgunbladid reports.

Click here to read more about the winter conditions earlier this month.


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