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Warmest July on record in north and east

05.08.2021 - 14:32
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 Mynd: Akureyri.is - RÚV
This July was the warmest on record in nearly all of North and East Iceland. The average temperature was above 14°C at several weather stations, and no average monthly temperature in Iceland is ever known to have been higher.

According to meteorologist Trausti Jónsson, most forecasting areas of Iceland saw the highest average July temperature so far this century, though the temperature was similar to the ten-year average in the Faxaflói and Breiðafjörður areas.

Over 20 on all-but-one day 

It is especially noteworthy that the temperature went over 20°C somewhere in Iceland every day in July, except one. That is a new record—beating the previous record from 1997, when 24 July days went above 20°C somewhere. 

Likely sunshine record in the north 

The average temperature across all cities, towns, and villages in July was 11.7°C. That was the second-highest in living memory. Trausti Jónsson believes that updated figures from the Met Office expected in the coming days will likely also reveal that July was the sunniest month recorded in parts of North Iceland, including Akureyri and Mývatn. People in the south and west of the country can attest, however, without needing official data, that no sunshine records were broken there this July. 

July is traditionally the best summer month in Iceland, and it is clear that North and East Iceland were the big winners this year. August so far is off to a warm start, with frequent heavy rain showers. 

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