Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Iceland

We show the climate in Iceland by comparing the average weather in 2 representative places: Reykjavík and Akureyri.

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Average High and Low Temperature in Iceland

Average High and Low Temperature in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec10°F10°F15°F15°F20°F20°F25°F25°F30°F30°F35°F35°F40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F4928573646233217274412NowNowReykjavíkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding perceived temperatures.
Reykjavík 36°F37°F38°F42°F49°F54°F56°F56°F51°F44°F39°F37°F
Akureyri 33°F34°F35°F40°F47°F53°F56°F55°F49°F41°F36°F34°F
Reykjavík 28°F29°F29°F33°F39°F45°F48°F47°F42°F36°F32°F29°F
Akureyri 23°F24°F25°F30°F36°F42°F46°F44°F39°F32°F27°F24°F


Average Hourly Temperature in ReykjavíkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldvery coldcoldcoolfreezingfreezing


Average Hourly Temperature in AkureyriJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chance of Clearer Skies in Iceland

Chance of Clearer Skies in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%43224017NowNowReykjavíkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The percentage of time the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy (i.e., less than 60% of the sky is covered by clouds).
Clearer SkiesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Reykjavík 23%24%29%37%42%39%38%37%35%35%31%27%
Akureyri 18%21%21%30%37%38%34%31%29%25%21%19%

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Iceland

Daily Chance of Precipitation in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%55294524NowNowReykjavíkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The percentage of days in which precipitation is observed, excluding trace quantities.
Days of Precip.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Reykjavík 15.9d15.8d15.1d12.2d9.9d9.0d9.8d12.1d13.8d13.8d14.2d15.5d
Akureyri 12.2d10.4d11.4d9.3d8.1d8.1d9.6d10.2d12.9d13.5d12.3d12.6d

Average Monthly Rainfall in Iceland

Average Monthly Rainfall in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 in4.íkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The average rainfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
Reykjavík 4.1″4.3″3.7″2.9″2.3″2.2″2.6″3.4″4.5″4.4″4.2″4.1″
Akureyri 1.1″0.8″0.9″1.1″1.6″1.7″2.1″2.6″3.7″3.0″2.0″1.2″

Average Monthly Snowfall in Iceland

Average Monthly Snowfall in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in5 in5 in10 in10 in15 in15 in20 in20 in9.920.6NowNowReykjavíkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The average snowfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
Reykjavík 9.9″8.9″6.8″2.0″0.1″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.5″3.2″8.3″
Akureyri 20.4″18.2″17.1″9.5″2.4″0.2″0.0″0.0″0.9″8.1″14.2″19.0″

Hours of Daylight in Iceland

Hours of Daylight in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec4 hr4 hr6 hr6 hr8 hr8 hr10 hr10 hr12 hr12 hr14 hr14 hr16 hr16 hr18 hr18 hr20 hr20 hr22 hr22 hr21.14.123.6NowNowReykjavíkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The number of hours during which the Sun is at least partly above the horizon.
Reykjavík 5.5h8.6h11.9h15.2h18.5h20.9h19.5h16.2h12.9h9.7h6.4h4.4h
Akureyri 4.8h8.3h11.9h15.5h19.3h22.8h20.5h16.6h13.0h9.5h5.9h3.4h

Chance of Muggy Conditions in Iceland

Chance of Muggy Conditions in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%NowNowReykjavíkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The percentage of time that is muggy, oppressive, or miserable (i.e., a dew point greater than 65°F).
Muggy daysJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Reykjavík 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d
Akureyri 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d

Average Wind Speed in Iceland

Average Wind Speed in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph18 mph18 mph16.17.913.77.4NowNowReykjavíkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The average of mean hourly wind speeds at 10 meters above the ground.
Wind Speed (mph)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Reykjavík 15.915.514.312.510.
Akureyri 13.513.412.610.

Average Water Temperature in Iceland

Average Water Temperature in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec35°F35°F40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F52414836NowNowAkureyriAkureyri
The daily average wide-area surface water temperature.
Water Temp.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Reykjavík 41°F41°F41°F42°F45°F49°F52°F52°F50°F47°F44°F42°F
Akureyri 37°F36°F36°F36°F39°F43°F46°F47°F45°F42°F40°F39°F

Tourism Score in Iceland

Tourism Score in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810103.0NowNowReykjavíkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The tourism score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F.

Beach/Pool Score in Iceland

Beach/Pool Score in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810100.1NowNowReykjavíkReykjavík
The beach/pool score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.

Growing Season in Iceland

Growing Season in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%20%20%40%40%60%60%80%80%100%100%NowNowReykjavíkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season, defined as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Growing Degree Days in Iceland

Growing Degree Days in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F50°F50°F100°F100°F150°F150°F200°F200°F250°F250°F300°F300°FNowNowReykjavíkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, where growing degree days are defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature (50°F in this case).

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Iceland

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in IcelandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 kWh0.0 kWh0.5 kWh0.5 kWh1.0 kWh1.0 kWh1.5 kWh1.5 kWh2.0 kWh2.0 kWh2.5 kWh2.5 kWh3.0 kWh3.0 kWh3.5 kWh3.5 kWh4.0 kWh4.0 kWh4.5 kWh4.5 kWh5.0 kWh5.0 kWh5.5 kWh5.5 kWh6.0 kWh6.0 kWh5.25.6NowNowReykjavíkReykjavíkAkureyriAkureyri
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter.
Solar Energy (kWh)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

This report illustrates the typical weather for Reykjavík and Akureyri year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

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