Jul 26, 2017

Heat Wave in Iceland

Fnjoskadalur
Iceland
by
Larissa Kyzer
,
Iceland Review
A color rarely seen on the Icelandic weather map. Photo: The Icelandic Met Office
A color rarely seen on the Icelandic weather map. Photo: The Icelandic Met Office

Iceland is experiencing a summer heat wave this week, with temperatures rising over 25°C (77°F) for the first time since 2013, RÚV reports. A season high of 27.7°C (82°F) was recorded yesterday in Fnjóskadalur, in Northeast Iceland. It has not been this hot in Iceland since August 2012, when it reached 27°C in the Eastern fishing village of Eskifjörður.

The average temperature in Iceland during July and August is 10°C (50°F). Between 2014 and 2016, temperatures never rose above 25°C, but this year has been hotter—particularly in the northeast.