The climate of Reykjavík (Iceland)
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. With a population of more than
100,000 it is also the largest city in the country. Reykjavik is
located in the southwestern part of Iceland. Characteristic for the
city is the spacious layout where low rise buildings alternate with
parks, squares and all kinds of facilities for the local people. The
most important sources of income are tourism, trade, services and
fishery. The city is known as a modern and cosy city with an excellent
nightlife and low crime figures. Reykjavik has a cool maritime climate
(type Cfc according to the Köppen climate classification) with fairly
mild winters and cool summers. During the winter daytime temperatures
are around freezing point. Nighttime temperatures are just below
freezing point. When there is a strong northerly current that supplies
cold polar air temperatures during the night may drop to -20 degrees
Celsius or even lower. Reykjavik gets about 1,300 hours of annual
sunshine, 800 millimeters of annual precipitation and 225 rainy days
per year. Because of the supply of a large number of depressions that
pass over Iceland at a rapid pace there is also a large number of
windy days. Especially autumns may be very bleak in Reykjavik. Summers
are fairly cool with average maximum temperatures of 13 degrees
Celsius. From the end of June till the beginning of August
temperatures may rise to 25 degrees Celsius in extreme cases.
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records.
They are an average for Reykjavík.
More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but don’t present a general impression
of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain
period. The figures don’t always reflect the chance of wintry weather,
extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate
information for each month of the year:
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