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Summer of 2018 has delivered just seven days of sun in Reykjavík

By Staff

  • Enjoying the summer weather Icelanders are used to the rain, but locals agree: Enough is enough! Photo/Stefán

The summer of 2018 is already the worst on record: Reykjavík has seen less sunshine in May and June than time since reliable monitoring of weather conditions began in the capital more than 100 years ago. Only 70.6 hours of sunshine in June, compared to the average 210 hours. It seems July is determined to join June in the annals of history as one of the worst summer months ever. According to the Icelandic Meteorological Office July has so far been unusually cold, wet and more overcast.

Read more: So far the summer of 2018 is the worst on record in Reykjavík

In fact, there have been only a grand total of seven sunny days in Reykjavík since May 1.

Things might be getting better, the IMO assures us - but not before it gets worse: The remnants of Hurricane Chris, which is currently pummeling the US east coast is expected to reach Iceland on Saturday evening, bringing with it heavy rain and wind. 

Óli Þór Árnason, a meteorologist with the IMO told the National Broadcasting Service that sometime next week Reykjavík, as well as the rest of South-Western Iceland, as well as the West and South will finally get some summer weather - or at least something that resembles summer: The sun might poke an occasional hole through the gray cloud cover.

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