Reykjavik Weather is warmer than the city’s north Atlantic location implies. Even during the bitterly cold winters that embrace other locations at a similar latitude, temperatures in Iceland’s capital city remain significantly higher thanks to the calming effect of the warm waters of the Gulf stream that flows along the southern and western coasts of the country. December and January are the coldest months of the year. Even then only on the rarest of occasions does temperature drop bellow −10 °C, usually hovering around 0°C.
While cold does not present any real threat to those uninitiated to the peculiarities of weather in Reykjavík, the lack of sunlight and most specifically during December and January can be rather debilitating. To make matters even worse, even during December’s average of 4 hours, 30 minutes of daylight each day the sky is completely covered in clouds. Meantime, January only experiences three days of sunshine, the rest of its days been marred by constant rain that quickly transforms into thin layers of ice.
Snow is something of a rather rare visitor. Or to be more precise, Reykjavik Weather does indeed experience snow but no real accumulation. However the ski enthusiast will be pleased to know that higher elevations just outside the city offer abundant opportunities for skiing.
Reykjavik Weather is actually classified as sub polar oceanic. Located on the northern edge of the temperate zone, Reykjavík is prone to winds, especially during winter when it’s frequently attacked by gales. Summers in Reykjavík are renewed for their coolness, with temperatures oscillating between 10 to 15 °C, occasionally soaring to just above 20 °C. Thanks to the effects of the Midnight Sun phenomenon, summer in Reykjavík is a time of almost constant daylight.
Although not a particularly wet city, Reykjavik Weather is blessed with an average of 213 days with measurable precipitation every year.
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