How is the climate?

 

The climate on Svalbard is principally a result of its high latitude, which is between 74° and 81° north. However, the North Atlantic Current moderates Svalbard’s temperatures, particularly during winter, giving it up to 20 °C higher winter temperature than similar latitudes in continental Russia and Canada. This keeps the surrounding waters open and navigable most of the year. The interior fjord areas and valleys, sheltered by the mountains, have less temperature differences than the coast, with about 2 °C lower summer temperatures and 3 °C higher winter temperatures. Below are wind forecast, sea ice situation around Svalbard and in Isfjorden, and updated weather forecast for Longyearbyen.


WIND FORCAST SVALBARD

Wind forecast for Svalbard next 10 days. Copyright: Windy.com


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Forecast for Longyearbyen

Weather forecast from yr.no, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the NRK.

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Forecast for Longyearbyen  Precip. Temp. Wind speed
09.08.2020 11–12 Cloudy 0 mm 12 °C Moderate breeze from East-southeast 7 m/s
12–18 Cloudy <1 mm 12 °C Moderate breeze from East-southeast 8 m/s
18–24 Cloudy <1 mm 11 °C Moderate breeze from East-southeast 7 m/s
10.08.2020 00–06 Cloudy <1 mm 9 °C Gentle breeze from Southeast 5 m/s
06–12 Cloudy <1 mm 9 °C Light breeze from East-southeast 2 m/s
12–18 Cloudy 0 mm 9 °C Light breeze from West-northwest 3 m/s
18–24 Partly cloudy <1 mm 10 °C Light breeze from West-northwest 3 m/s
11.08.2020 00–06 Cloudy <1 mm 9 °C Light air from Southeast 1 m/s
06–12 Cloudy <1 mm 8 °C Light air from East 1 m/s
12–18 Cloudy <1 mm 9 °C Light air from Northwest 1 m/s
17–23 Cloudy <1 mm 10 °C Light air from East-southeast 1 m/s
12.08.2020 02–08 Cloudy 0 mm 8 °C Light air from South-southeast 2 m/s
08–14 Cloudy 0 mm 8 °C Light air from Southeast 1 m/s
14–20 Cloudy 0 mm 9 °C Light air from Southeast 1 m/s
20–02 Cloudy 0 mm 8 °C Light breeze from East-southeast 2 m/s
13.08.2020 02–08 Cloudy 0 mm 7 °C Light breeze from South-southeast 2 m/s
08–14 Cloudy 0 mm 7 °C Light breeze from South-southeast 3 m/s
14–20 Cloudy 0 mm 8 °C Light breeze from East-southeast 3 m/s
20–02 Cloudy 0 mm 7 °C Gentle breeze from Southeast 3 m/s
14.08.2020 02–08 Cloudy 0 mm 6 °C Light breeze from Southeast 3 m/s
08–14 Cloudy 0 mm 6 °C Gentle breeze from East 4 m/s
14–20 Cloudy 0 mm 6 °C Gentle breeze from East 5 m/s
20–02 Cloudy 0 mm 5 °C Gentle breeze from East-southeast 5 m/s