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Snow alert in effect tomorrow

14.06.2021 - 14:05
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 Mynd: Helga Ólafsdóttir
June may be half over, but summer is still acting coy this year. There is even a yellow weather alert in place tomorrow for strong winds and snow at altitudes above 200 metres in the highlands, Glettingur, Northeast Iceland, and East Iceland. Road conditions could be poor.

The weather has been generally cold recently, with plants noticeably slower to take on their summer appearance this year than people are used to. Many woke up this morning to snow cover in Mývatnssveit, the East Fjords, and even in South Iceland. The need to house sheep and their young lambs indoors is causing many farmers headaches. 

People in the north and east who woke up to temperatures around freezing this morning cannot hope for better in the coming days; as the temperature is not expected to go about 5°C before the weekend. 

The potentially slippery roads are more concerning at this time of year, when all vehicles are supposed to be on summer tyres. 

Visitors at Þakgil, north of Vík í Mýrdal, needed search & rescue teams’ assistance this morning (pictured above), as vehicles became stuck in snow on the steep hill between the canyon and the main road. 

Warmer air this weekend 

All of Iceland will be cool early this week, with no more than five degrees in much of the north and east, but around ten degrees (maybe a little more) in the south and west. 

The weekend, though, is forecast to be warmer, thanks to southerly breezes bringing with them cloud and rain.

There is still no sign of the warm and sunny combination people are waiting for—especially with so many residents planning to holiday domestically this year. 

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