Grab a parasol and put on your short shorts, the heat wave is upon us! Okay, maybe not quite. But the heat in Iceland could reach temperatures over 20 degrees Celsius today and tomorrow according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

Although 20-degree heat is a possibility, it’s more likely that the temperature will be around 10-15 degrees Celsius. Which is still considered uncommonly warm for the season.

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Photo credit: Pixabay, pvdberg.

The warmest temperatures are expected in the Eastfjords.  The reason these temperatures are possible in the East is that strong winds in the southwest and north of the country create heat as they move from the mountains to the lowlands.

This is thus a great time to head east and join the reindeer, which can only be found in this region of Iceland.

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Locals will be happy to have some good weather since the summer of 2018 was a decidedly disappointing one in Iceland. Aside from being unusually rainy, it was the coldest summer since 1992.

On the bright side, it wasn’t nearly as cold in 2018 as it was a hundred years earlier.

1918 is known as the year of The Great Frost Winter. January of that year was the coldest month in Iceland in the 20th and 21st Centuries. Although we’re only 8 days into the month it looks like January 1918 will keep it’s now 101 year old record.

1918, Miðbakki, Reykjavíkurhöfn. Frostaveturinn mikli, skip fast í ís. Verið að saga strandferðaskipið Sterling út úr ís á Reykjavíkurhöfn.

The Great Frost Winter 1918. Photo Credit: Flickr, Reykjavik Museum of Photography.

The winds will die down after tomorrow, resulting in cooler weather. Meteorologists expect the weekend to be more wintery, with a possibility of snow.

Sounds like we’re experiencing typical Icelandic weather conditions; a heatwave and winter wonderland all in one week.

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