Deep cyclone packing strong winds approaching Iceland

Deep cyclone packing strong winds approaching Iceland

A deep cyclone is currently on the way to Iceland and is expected to impact the country with intense winds by late evening, December 15, 2016 (local time).

Satellite images reveal a deep cyclone with central pressure estimated at 964 hPa, currently situated over North Atlantic, southwest of Iceland.

The low pressure field is producing winds reaching 100 km/h (62.1 mph) and waves of heights between 10 and 12 m (32.8 and 39.4 feet). The system will reach Iceland by late evening.

Deep cyclone approaching Iceland, December 15, 2016

Deep cyclone approaching Iceland, December 15, 2016. Image credit: Eumetsat via Severe Weather Europe

Deep cyclone SW of Iceland, December 15, 2016, 12:00 UTC

Deep cyclone SW of Iceland, December 15, 2016, 12:00 UTC. Image credit: Eumetsat

According to the Icelandic Met Office, the southern and western part of the country is currently experiencing southeasterly winds of 46.8-64.8 km/h (29-40.3 mph), widespread rainfall, mainly in the southeast part, while temperatures range between 3 and 8°C (37.4 and 46.4°F).

Winds between 36 and 64.8 km/h (22.4 and 40.3 mph) will affect the southwest Iceland on December 16 while the northwest and north Iceland will experience winds reaching 54-82.8 km/h (33.6-51.5 mph). Rainstorms or snowfall is expected across the affected areas.

Featured image: ​Deep cyclone SW of Iceland, December 15, 2016, 12:00 UTC. Image credit: Eumetsat

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