In recent days, warm weather has caused widespread snow-melt in northern Iceland, the west fjords, and parts of southern Iceland. Throughout the winter and until late May, heavy snowfall has occurred in northern Iceland, resulting in the largest accumulation of snow since 1995. An abrupt change from cold to warm conditions earlier this week means that localised flooding is likely due to melting snow. Earlier today an ongoing spring flood in the Skjálfandafljót river (northern Iceland) reached a maximum discharge of ~680 cubic metres per second. This is the largest spring flood in Skjálfandafljót since 1995. In comparison, the mean, annual discharge of Skjálfandafljót is ~50 cubic metres per second.

Daytime air temperatures of between 15 and 21°C are forecast for large parts of north-east Iceland during the next six days, so further flooding due to snow-melt is expected. Additionally, an abundance of meltwater could also trigger slush flows and landslides in regions where snow is melting rapidly 

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June 5, 2013
Tilvitnun:
Almannavarnadeild Ríkislögreglustjóra, Almannavarnadeild Ríkislögreglustjóra „Vatnavextir í ám og skriðuföll“, Náttúran.is: June 5, 2013 URL: http://natturan.is/d/2013/06/05/vatnavextir-i-am-og-skridufoll/ [Skoðað:Aug. 18, 2022]
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