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Warning: Severe gale expected in South and West Iceland on Friday

By Staff

  • At noon Friday The purple code shows were the wind is expected to be 13 to 25 m/s. The wind speed can reach up to 40 m/s (89 mph/144 km/h) in bursts close to mountains. Image via The Icelandic Met Office.

The Iclandic Met Office (IMO) has issued a warning: Severe gale or more than 20 m/s (medial wind more than 45 mph/72 km/h) and heavy rain is expected in South and West Iceland on Friday.

The wind speed can reach up to 40 m/s (89 mph/144 km/h) in bursts close to mountains in these regions. Be extra careful driving by mountains on Snæfellsnes peninsula, on Highway One (the Ring Road) from Reykjavík to Borgarnes town and along the Eyjafjöll mountain range in South Iceland (where Seljalandsfoss waterfall is).

This is no travelling weather for large vehicles as the extreme crosswind can easily swipe vehicles off roads. If you are travelling in a camper be sure to find a safe shelter for it from the wind.

Read more: Camper troubles: one parked outside the presidential residence, another one was blown into a ditch

The weather will be decent around Iceland today (Thursday), but the wind will start to pick up in the evening.

IMO's forecast

Friday: Southeast 18-25 m/s (40-56 mph - 65-90 km/h) windiest in the southwest, moderate to heavy precipitation in the south and west parts. Winds turning west 8-15 m/s (18-34 mph/29-54 km/h) in the west tomorrow afternoon and decreasing precipitation. Gradually rising temperatures, 6 to 13 C (43-55 F), mildest in the northwest.

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