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Freak Snowfall Chills Iceland on May Day May 6, 2011
Reykjavik in snow
Six inches of snow blanketed the heart of Reykjavik, Iceland, on May Day 2011.
Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik was blanketed by its first May snowfall in 18 years. The official weather station recorded more than 6 inches of the wintry precipitation on May 1.

The sudden chill was an unwelcome surprise to many capital residents.

They had been told by meteorologists that temperatures during the first two days of May would finally soar into the 60s after a winter that seemed like it would not end.

“We did not see it coming and we were as surprised as everyone else in Reykjavik,” forecaster Thorsteinn Jonsson of the Icelandic Meteorological Office told AFP.

Photo: Icelandic Meteorological Office