Orange weather warning issued
According to the Icelandic Met Office, there will be stormy conditions in the region with winds of 15 to 23 metres per second and windiest to the west of Öræfi.
The orange weather warning, and yellow weather alerts for the southwest and the East Fjords as well, coincide with the start of Verslunarmannahelgi—a three-day weekend which is traditionally an opportunity for people to visit festivals and other gatherings around the country.
Nearly all events have now been cancelled due to the new COVID-19 restrictions that will go into force at midday on Friday, but people are not being told to stay at home.
The tradition of camping on Verslunarmannahelgi looks less attractive this year, however, as rain is forecast for all regions for most of the weekend.
The windy weather in the south and east could prove dangerous for drivers and those with trailers are specifically advised not to travel.
The East Fjords weather alert between 12.00 and 18.00 on Friday is for very heavy rain, which could cause localised flooding around rivers and the possibility of landslides.
There have been several weather alerts and warnings around Iceland in recent weeks, which is unusual for the time of year. This summer has seen decidedly mixed weather so far, though the consensus is that temperatures have been generally lower than usual.
What is usually the biggest travel weekend of the year is unlikely to be festive this year. The weather looks set to make camping unappealing and the usual choice of festivals is not on offer.
There will, nevertheless, be dry and sunny spells in most regions at times over the weekend, forecasters hope.