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
17.04.2021 07–12 Partly cloudy 0 mm -10 °C Moderate breeze from South 7 m/s
12–18 Cloudy 0 mm -8 °C Moderate breeze from South-southeast 6 m/s
18–24 Light snow <1 mm -5 °C Strong breeze from South-southeast 12 m/s
18.04.2021 00–06 Partly cloudy <1 mm -3 °C Fresh breeze from Southeast 9 m/s
06–12 Cloudy 0 mm 0 °C Moderate breeze from South-southwest 8 m/s
12–18 Cloudy <1 mm 0 °C Strong breeze from West-southwest 12 m/s
18–24 Cloudy <1 mm -1 °C Fresh breeze from West 11 m/s
19.04.2021 00–06 Cloudy <1 mm -2 °C Gentle breeze from South-southwest 4 m/s
06–12 Cloudy <1 mm 1 °C Gentle breeze from South-southeast 5 m/s
12–18 Partly cloudy 0 mm 3 °C Moderate breeze from South-southwest 6 m/s
20–02 Snow showers 2 mm 1 °C Light breeze from South-southwest 2 m/s
20.04.2021 02–08 Snow 2 mm -2 °C Moderate breeze from South-southwest 8 m/s
08–14 Cloudy 0 mm -2 °C Gentle breeze from West-northwest 5 m/s
14–20 Cloudy 0 mm -2 °C Gentle breeze from South-southwest 5 m/s
20–02 Cloudy 0 mm -2 °C Gentle breeze from Southeast 5 m/s
21.04.2021 02–08 Cloudy 0 mm -4 °C Gentle breeze from East-northeast 4 m/s
08–14 Cloudy 0 mm -5 °C Gentle breeze from East 4 m/s
14–20 Cloudy 0 mm -6 °C Gentle breeze from Northeast 3 m/s
20–02 Cloudy 0 mm -6 °C Gentle breeze from North-northeast 4 m/s
22.04.2021 02–08 Cloudy 0 mm -7 °C Gentle breeze from North-northwest 4 m/s
08–14 Cloudy 0 mm -8 °C Gentle breeze from Northwest 4 m/s
14–20 Cloudy 0 mm -8 °C Gentle breeze from North-northeast 4 m/s
20–02 Cloudy 0 mm -8 °C Gentle breeze from East 4 m/s