Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Höfn Iceland
In Höfn, the summers are short, cold, wet, and windy; the winters are long, very cold, snowy, and extremely windy; and it is mostly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 55°F and is rarely below 20°F or above 60°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Höfn for warm-weather activities is from mid July to mid August.
Climate in Höfn
The warm season lasts for 2.8 months, from June 15 to September 9, with an average daily high temperature above 52°F. The hottest month of the year in Höfn is July, with an average high of 55°F and low of 47°F.
The cold season lasts for 4.7 months, from November 11 to April 2, with an average daily high temperature below 41°F. The coldest month of the year in Höfn is January, with an average low of 30°F and high of 37°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Höfn
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in Höfn
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In Höfn, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Höfn begins around April 5 and lasts for 5.4 months, ending around September 18.
The clearest month of the year in Höfn is May, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 42% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 18 and lasts for 6.6 months, ending around April 5.
The cloudiest month of the year in Höfn is January, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 69% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Höfn
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Höfn varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.1 months, from August 29 to April 3, with a greater than 42% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Höfn is January, with an average of 16.1 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 4.8 months, from April 3 to August 29. The month with the fewest wet days in Höfn is June, with an average of 9.0 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Höfn is October, with an average of 14.3 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 49% on October 2.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Höfn
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Höfn experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Höfn. The month with the most rain in Höfn is October, with an average rainfall of 6.9 inches.
The month with the least rain in Höfn is June, with an average rainfall of 2.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Höfn
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Höfn experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from October 22 to April 23, with a sliding 31-day snowfall of at least 1.0 inches. The month with the most snow in Höfn is January, with an average snowfall of 7.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from April 23 to October 22. The least snow falls around July 24, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Snowfall in Höfn
The length of the day in Höfn varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2023, the shortest day is December 22, with 4 hours, 3 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 21 hours, 15 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Höfn
The earliest sunrise is at 2:25 AM on June 20, and the latest sunrise is 8 hours, 33 minutes later at 10:58 AM on December 25. The earliest sunset is at 2:59 PM on December 18, and the latest sunset is 8 hours, 40 minutes later at 11:39 PM on June 22.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Höfn during 2023.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Höfn
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Höfn
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2023. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Höfn
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The perceived humidity level in Höfn, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Höfn
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Höfn experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from September 18 to April 29, with average wind speeds of more than 15.0 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Höfn is January, with an average hourly wind speed of 19.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.7 months, from April 29 to September 18. The calmest month of the year in Höfn is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Höfn
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Höfn is from the north throughout the year.
Wind Direction in Höfn
Höfn is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 2.0 months, from July 8 to September 9, with an average temperature above 49°F. The month of the year in Höfn with the warmest water is August, with an average temperature of 50°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 5.7 months, from November 14 to May 3, with an average temperature below 45°F. The month of the year in Höfn with the coolest water is February, with an average temperature of 43°F.
Average Water Temperature in Höfn
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Höfn throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Höfn for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
Tourism Score in Höfn
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.
Beach/Pool Score in Höfn
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it 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).
The growing season in Höfn typically lasts for 5.2 months (159 days), from around May 3 to around October 10, rarely starting before April 14 or after May 22, and rarely ending before September 14 or after November 2.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Höfn
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Growing Degree Days in Höfn
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from May 6 to July 30, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.5 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Höfn is June, with an average of 5.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from October 9 to March 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.1 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Höfn is December, with an average of 0.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Höfn
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Höfn are 64.254 deg latitude, -15.212 deg longitude, and 3 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Höfn is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 30 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (3,330 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,864 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Höfn is covered by bare soil (58%) and sparse vegetation (19%), within 10 miles by water (43%) and bare soil (20%), and within 50 miles by water (54%) and snow and glaciers (19%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Höfn, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There is only a single weather station, Akurnes Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Höfn.
At a distance of 5 kilometers from Höfn, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Höfn according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
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