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Calm but cool November

07.12.2021 - 11:44
Mynd: RÚV / RÚV
This November was colder than average for the past decade. The highest average temperature was on Surtsey, at 4.6°C, and lowest at Sandbúðir to the northwest of Vatnajökull, at –5.4°C. The lowest average temperature in an inhabited area was –3.1°C at Svartárkot in the northeast.
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The latest monthly weather report from the Icelandic met office says that November in the capital city saw more precipitation than usual, where 139.6 millimetres of precipitation was recorded. That is 61 percent more than the November average for the past 30 years. 

Most of the precipitation was in the form of rain, as the ground in Reykjavík was only completely white on one morning in November, and completely snowless on 24 mornings. The average temperature in the capital region was 2.1°C, which is 0.6 degrees below the ten-year average. 

Colder than usual 

When the autumn months of October and November are combined, the average temperature in Reykjavík was 3.9°C, which is 0.1 below average for the past decade. The average temperature in Akureyri was 1.6°C, which is 1.3 below average—or roughly half. 

The highest spot temperature at a staffed weather station in November occurred on the 22nd, at Skjaldþingsstaðir, when the mercury hit 16.8°C. The coldest temperature of the month was at Svartárkot on the 12th, when it dipped to –18.9. 

November was not a sunny month compared to the past three decades. There were only 21.7 hours of sunshine in Reykjavík last month, which was 18 hours below average. In Akureyri, there were 13.4 hours of sun; nearly two fewer than usual. 

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