Reykjavík records coldest temperature since 1918, Iceland

reykjavik by kilgarron

Temperatures in Viðidalur, Reykjavík, Iceland dropped to -23 °C (-9 °F) on December 28, 2022, marking the lowest temperature registered in the capital since 1918.

“It’s not uncommon to see such temperatures in so-called cold bubbles, like in Viðidalur. But in truth, it did not sustain this low for very long. It’s letting up now, but could just as easily become even colder with no wind,” said climate historian Sigurður Þór Guðjónsson.1

The temperatures were quite different elsewhere in the capital area, with Seltjarnarnes, for example, recording only -4 °C (24.8 °F).2

The weather station in Viðidalur has been in operation for several years and has measured some of Reykjavík’s coldest temperatures since it came into use.

-23 °C (-9 °F) measured in Viðidalur on December 28, 2022, marks the coldest temperature in Reykjavík since 1918 when the city center recorded -25 °C (-13 °F).


1 Coldest Since 1918: Record Low Recorded in Reykjavík – Iceland Review – December 28, 2022

2 Svona kuldi aldrei mælst í Reykja­vík eftir 1918 – frettabladid – December 28, 2022

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