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Weather forecast for the next 24 hours

Northerly wind, widely 5-10 m/s. Mostly fair in the south- and west. Intermittent rain or drizzle in the northeast and east but mostly dry in other areas. Temperature 9 to 18 deg. C. warmest in the southwest.
Forecast made 28.07.2016 22:04

Forecaster's remarks

Strong wind gusts are expected (20-30 m/s) in southeast part of Iceland tonight and tomorrow. From Höfn í Hornafirði to Reyðarfjörður.
Prepared by the meteorologist on duty 28.07.2016 22:04

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Warning to travellers on the Laugavegur trek - 28.7.2016

Travellers on “Laugavegur” in South Iceland, the popular highland trek from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk, are warned that water levels have risen in river Bláfjallakvísl, north of Mýrdalsjökull.

Hikers are advised not to attempt to cross the river, as waist-high water levels have been reported. The water discharge is expected to continue increasing over the week-end due to warm weather.

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Monitoring of Hekla - 7.7.2016

Of the thirty active volcanic systems in Iceland, Hekla is one of the most active and potentially dangerous. In this summary we outline the types of hazards that might occur during the next Hekla eruption, and how the Icelandic Meteorological Office is monitoring the region.

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Activity in the Bárðarbunga system since the end of the eruption - 27.6.2016

The Civil Protection Scientific Advisory Board met June 23rd, in order to review new data on the volcano Bárðarbunga.

The most probable explanation for ground deformation and earthquake activity in the area, is inflow of magma at about 10 to 15 km of depth below Bárðarbunga. There are no indications of magma collecting at shallower depths. This process is common in the aftermath of volcanic eruptions.

Probably meltwater will start collecting under the cauldrons along the caldera rim or within the caldera itself. Therefore it is imperative to monitor the evolution of the cauldrons, the seismic activity, ground deformation, geothermal activity and gas emissions in Bárðarbunga.

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A minor glacial outburst flood in Skaftá - 23.6.2016

Within recent days, the level of the Skaftá river at Sveinstindur has risen slowly. Additionally electrical conductivity readings from the same location have increased. These observations suggest that a glacial outburst flood (jökulhlaup) is in progress.

The flood is not expected to cause any downstream disruption. However, precaution is needed at the ice margin and around the ice cauldron.

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Supercomputer in Iceland - 21.5.2016

In order to fulfill environmental requirements, the DMI approached the IMO for a cooperation on a supercomputer. In 2014 a contract was signed and now the supercomputer is in full operation at IMO's premises. The cooperation is based on a long term, consistent relationship. DMI owns and runs the supercomputer while IMO operates the site infrastructure and costs are shared. This article gives the basic facts of the project and provides links to photos from the inauguration as well as a recording of the lectures.

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On the Bárðarbunga earthquakes - 20.5.2016

Seismic measurements around the Bárðarbunga volcano show that the seismic moment release on the caldera ring fault has been gradually increasing since mid September 2015. This means that stronger earthquakes than before are detected in the last months. Despite of the increasing activity, there are currently no signs of volcanic tremor.

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The weather app improved

Weather forecasts and the current weather condition can be checked through an improved weather app provided by IMO.

Forecasts are now provided for each hour and the meteograms are available again.

Location is detected if GPS on; alerts issued by the Met Office appear automatically during the day and a personal weather watch can be arranged.

An interactive weather map shows weather observations at any station in the country.

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