Reykjavík’s least snowy winter in 44 years

06.04.2021 - 15:25
Bjarminn af eldgosinu í Geldingadölum séður frá Ægisíðu í Reykjavík
 Mynd: María Sigrún Hilmarsdóttir
This winter was unusually warm and there was very little snow. The difference was particularly pronounced in March.

The average March temperature in Reykjavík was 2.3°C, which is 1.2°C above the 1991 to 2020 average. The average temperature in Akureyri, meanwhile, was 1.7 degrees above the three-decade average.

The month’s warmest spot temperature was at Dalatangi on the 18th March, at 20.4°C. That is the second-highest March temperature ever recorded in Iceland. The record is 20.5°C and was set at Kvísker in 2012. 

There were four snow-covered days in the capital region in March, which is five fewer than average over the past three decades.  

There were 12 snow-covered days in Akureyri, which is four fewer than average in 1991 to 2020. 

“Winter 2020 to 2021 was rather calm, especially in the southwest. There, it was particularly warm, dry, and unusually light on snow. There was more precipitation in the northeast, where the unusually precipitous December made the most difference. Storms were rather rare this winter,” the Met Office website says. 

The southwest of Iceland was very conspicuously not snowy during the four winter months of December, January, February, and March. The ground in Reykjavík was covered in snow for just nine days during the entire winter; which is 38 days fewer than average over the past three decades. It was the least-snowy winter since 1976-77, when the ground was white for just five days. Akureyri had 59 snowy days this winter, which was 14 fewer than average since 1991. 

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