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Reykjavik Weather

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Weather in Reykjavik

Situated in the country’s southwest corner, Reykjavík has a subpolar oceanic climate influenced by the North Atlantic current - this explains its wet climate with winds and rain often barging in. Equally, because of the warm current, temperatures in the city rarely drop below -15°C (5°F) in the winter despite its location is just south of the Arctic Circle.

Spring (April to May) sees temperatures warming up to 7°C (45°F) in May and flowers bloom. This is a good time for travellers who prefer lower prices.

Summer (June to August) brings the famed midnight sun and endless activities. This is peak season so hotel prices spike upward accordingly. Temperatures average 11°C (52°F) in July but it is still wise to bring waterproofs and warm clothing as the weather can be changeable.

Autumn (September to November) is a good time to visit Reykjavík and enjoy its cultural events. Join many revellers at the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and party until dawn.

Winter (December to March) is long and bleak with just a few hours of sunlight on some days, making Reykjavík a perfect base for Northern Lights viewings. Skiing, snowshoeing and ice-fishing are fun-filled winter activities that draw visitors to Reykjavík too. For beer lovers, the Icelandic Beer Day on March 1 is not to be missed.

Reykjavík can be windy (there are over 150 words describing wind in the Icelandic language) – so whatever the season, pack a wind jacket with you.

Weather (day) Temp (max day) Rain (mm) Wind (mph) Humidity Pressure Visibility
Thursday
Overcast
Overcast skies
8
°C
1.2
15
sse
80-100%
1008 mb
good
Friday
ModRain
Moderate rain
9
°C
7.5
23
sse
80-100%
999 mb
moderate
Saturday
ModRain
Moderate rain
7
°C
8.1
25
sw
80-100%
1003 mb
moderate
Sunday
IsoRainSwrsDay
Light rain shower
7
°C
3.4
15
se
80-100%
1006 mb
good
Monday
Sunny
Sunny skies
8
°C
0.2
4
nnw
20-40%
1002 mb
good
Tuesday
PartlyCloudyDay
Partly cloudy skies
9
°C
0.2
6
ese
20-40%
1002 mb
good
Wednesday
IsoRainSwrsDay
Light rain shower
9
°C
2.8
22
se
80-100%
1000 mb
good
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Last updated: 2019-04-19 01:16:11
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The maximum temperature is the highest temperature forecast between dawn and dusk, and the minimum temperature is the lowest temperature expected from dusk on the day in question to dawn the next day. The temperature is in °C, or Celsius.
Wind speed and direction are the conditions expected at midday. Wind direction is based on a 16 point compass. W, SW, SSW, etc. The wind direction states where the wind originates. Wind speed is listed in MPH or miles per hour.
Humidity levels indicates how much water vapour the air contains compared to the maximum it could contain at that temperature. As a general guide:
  • 0 to 30 is very low
  • 31 to 50 is low
  • 51 to 70 is moderate to low
  • 71 to 80 is moderate
  • 81 to 90 is moderate to high
  • 91 to 100 is high
Pressure is measured in millibars (mb)
Visibility based on whether the human eye can see the following distances:
  • Very poor - less than 1km
  • Poor - between 1km and 4km
  • Moderate - between 4km and 10km
  • Good - between 10km and 20km
  • Very good - between 20km and 40km
  • Excellent - more than 40km
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