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Does it get very cold in Iceland?

By Sara McMahon

  • The coldest months in Iceland are December and January. Photo/Pjetur

The coldest months in Iceland are December and January, with temperatures dropping just below the zero mark on the Celsius scale (32°F).

 

Although the name of the country suggests otherwise, the warm North Atlantic breezes and the Gulf Stream (the Atlantic ocean current that originates at the tip of Florida) make the average temperatures in Iceland higher than in most places of similar latitude. 

The coldest months are December and January, with temperatures dropping just below the zero mark on the Celsius scale (32°F). The average temperature in Reykjavík in January is –0.6 °C. That is similar to New York, which is at 40°N (24° further south than Reykjavík). July and August are generally the warmest months with an average temperature of 10.4°C  (50.7°F).

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