Yellow alert tomorrow due to violent wind gusts

22.11.2022 - 13:43
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A yellow weather warning is in effect as of 5.00 tomorrow morning. The alert covers the southeastern and central interior highlands and the south of Iceland, from the southern tip of the Reykjanes peninsula to the Hvalnes peninsula in the east. Strong winds are expected, with gusts of up to 30 m/s. The warning is in effect throughout the day and into the evening.

Wind gusts of hurricane force can be expected near the mountain ranges, which can be especially dangerous for large vehicles. Everyone is urged to drive cautiously and, if possible, avoid unnecessary travel.

The western part of the country will also be windy, but not enough to cause a weather alert: "We don't think the wind will be strong enough in this part of the country, but it will be windy nevertheless," says Teitur Arason, the meteorologist on duty.

The weather has been causing little trouble for the past few weeks. Asked if we can expect more warnings based on the next few days' forecast, Teitur replies that meteorologists are not predicting anything of the sort for the rest of the week.

For the past two weeks, the winds have been mainly easterly, and it has rained most in the eastern part of the country. However, no specific warnings are expected for the Seyðisfjörður area today and tomorrow, as little rain is forecast.

"There are measuring devices on the hillside that allow us to monitor the surface movements. If something happens, we know about it right away," - says Tómas Jóhannesson from the Met Office, responsible for landslide observation.

Meteorologists do not expect any severe threats to the populated areas. "But we are constantly monitoring these slopes." The current surface movement on the slopes is smaller than last year.

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