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Yellow Weather Warning For Much of Southwest Iceland

The Meteorological Office of Iceland has declared a yellow weather warning for the capital region, central highlands, Faxaflói bay, and parts of southern Iceland today. High winds and rain are expected in these regions for much of the day.

The inclement weather is due to a low-pressure system situated over the southwest of Iceland, which will determine the weather for the coming days. The region will see considerable rain and winds into the afternoon, with showers expected through many other regions of the country.

Conditions in the highlands are expected to be the worst, with winds between 18 – 25 m/s, and localized gusts possibly reaching 35 m/s northwest of Vatnajökull. Tourists and hikers are advised that such conditions are potentially dangerous. Such high winds can also present a danger to vehicle traffic.

The Faxaflói bay will likewise see strong winds today, with a range of 13 – 20 m/s expected. Local gusts near the mountains may be stronger, approaching 25 m/s near Kjalarnes.

Elsewhere in Iceland

Conditions in the North of Iceland are comparatively milder, with temperatures approaching 15°C (59°F) in Akureyri and Húsavík, although the coming days are expected to bring rain and clouds. Southeast Iceland will experience much rain today, with showers throughout the South Coast as well.

The West Fjords are also expected to have high winds today, with rain throughout much of the day.

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