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Heat records set yesterday: 27.7°C (81.9°F) highest temperature recorded since 2012

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  • Enjoying the summer weather Temperatures in Iceland rarely exceed 25°C (77°F), making yesterday's heat record all the more notable. Photo/Eyþór.

The summer seems to have finally arrived, at least in North Iceland, were a new heat record was set. At four in the afternoon the temperature hit 27.7°C (81.9°F) in Fnjóskadalur valley in North Iceland, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service reports.

This is the highest temperature recorded this summer, and the highest temperature recorded in Iceland since August 9 2012.  While temperatures in Iceland can exceed 20°C (68°F) in the summer, they rarely rise to the upper 20s. In 2014-2016 the temperature never exceeded 25°C (77°F). This year, however, the temperature has hit 25°C on more than one occasion.

Highest temperatures ever recorded in Iceland
According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office the highest temperature ever recorded in Iceland was 36°C (96.8°C) at Teigarhorn farm in Berufjörður fjord in East Iceland on September 24 1940. This measurement, however, has been disputed and the highest undisputed measurement took place at Teigarhorn on June 22 1939: A balmy 30.5°C (86.9°F). 

Since measurements began temperatures in excess of 30°C (86°F) have only been recorded six times, two of which have been disputed. 

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