December was less snowy

07.01.2022 - 13:16
Mynd: Kristín Sigurðardóttir / RÚV
This December brought less snow to North Iceland than average for the years 1991 to 2020. There was no snow on the ground in Akureyri on ten mornings, and the ground was white on 15 mornings—which is three fewer than average. There was a lot of heavy snowfall in North Iceland at the end of the month, however.

The monthly weather report from the Met Office states that December in Iceland was generally stable, with better weather than average. There was relatively little snow across the country—especially in mid-December.

The average temperature in Reykjavík was 1.5°C, which is 0.8°C above the 1991-2020 average. The average temperature in Akureyri, meanwhile, was –1.5°C, which was 0.5 below average. 

The average temperature in the south and west was generally above the ten-year average, while it was generally below the ten-year average in the north and east. The difference was 1.5 degrees over average at Mikladalur in the Westfjords, and 1.5 below average at Brú in Jökuldalur in the eastern highlands. 

The total amount of precipitation in Reykjavík was similar to the 1991-2020 average. Akureyri received 64 percent of the average amount of precipitation. Stykkishólmur received just 53 percent of the average amount. 

Residents of the capital region basked in 10.3 hours of sunshine in December, which is 2.3 hours fewer than average. In Akureyri, there was there was half an hour more direct sunshine than average, or 0.8 hours in total. 

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