2016 one of the hottest Iceland summers on record

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Ófeigur Lýðsson

The summer of 2016 was one of the hottest on record, according to data and analysis from the Icelandic Met Office.

Looking at the four-month period of June-September, the average temperature in the capital Reykjavik was 11.0°C (51.8°F). Reykjavik has only ever seen warmer summers than this on four occasions since continuous measurements began in 1871 – these years were 1939, 1941, 2003 and 2010.

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The average temperature in the North Iceland town of Akureyri this summer was 10.3°C (50.5°F). This is the 21st highest summer temperature there since records began in 1882.

The summer was also very calm, with wind speeds nationally the lowest Iceland has seen in 13-14 years.


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