Current Climate


This page presents Faroe Islands's climate context for the current climatology, 1991-2020, derived from observed, historical data. Information should be used to build a strong understanding of current climate conditions in order to appreciate future climate scenarios and projected change. You can visualize data for the current climatology through spatial variation, the seasonal cycle, or as a time series. Analysis is available for both annual and seasonal data. Data presentation defaults to national-scale aggregation, however sub-national data aggregations can be accessed by clicking within a country, on a sub-national unit.  Other historical climatologies can be selected from the Time Period dropdown list. Data for  specific coordinates can be downloaded for in the Data Download page.

Observed, historical data is produced by the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of University of East Anglia. Data is presented at a 0.5º x 0.5º (50km x 50km) resolution.

The climate in the Faroe Islands is strongly affected by the warm North Atlantic current (the Gulf Stream) and frequent passage of cyclones, which, depending on the location of the polar front, mainly come from southwest and west. The Faroe Islands have an extremely maritime climate, where the differences between summer and winter are relatively small. Projections with global climate models show a rise of about 3°C in annual mean temperature, a rise in winter precipitation of about 30% and a slight increase of 10% in summer towards the end of the century.

This section provides the options to visualize historical climate data for different timeframes via map and annual cycle chart.