April weather forecast
Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Svalbard and Jan Mayen - most visited locations

Flag of Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Flag of Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Weather in April

April in Svalbard and Jan Mayen signifies the thick of the spring season, with winter slowly receding. Daylight hours continue to increase, bringing with them a rise in temperatures, though still on the colder side.

In Svalbard, April's average temperatures begin to climb, reaching around -7°C. The capital, Longyearbyen, starts to experience the longer daylight hours and slightly warmer conditions that April brings. The increased daylight ignites a spark of life into the archipelago's wildlife as animals emerge from their winter dormancy.

The weather in Jan Mayen remains cold in April, albeit milder than Svalbard. The average temperatures hover around 0°C. By April, the sun is visible for most of the day, signaling the imminent arrival of the Midnight Sun period. Conditions at the Norwegian military base on the island align with those of the rest of the territory.

In terms of precipitation, April continues the trend of low levels in both Svalbard and Jan Mayen. Any precipitation that does fall typically comes as snow, but there may be occasional sleet or rain as temperatures start to rise.

Compared to March, April brings noticeably longer daylight hours and slightly warmer temperatures. Looking forward to May, the trend of increasing daylight and slowly rising temperatures continues, ushering in the imminent arrival of the Arctic summer. Despite the shift towards spring, visitors should still come prepared for cold conditions.

  • Longyearbyen - April »
    In Longyearbyen during April, the rain falls for 3 days and regularly aggregates up to 16mm of precipitation. February and April, with an average sea temperature of 1°C, are months with the coldest seawater in Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen.
  • Barentsburg - April »
    In Barentsburg during April, the rain falls for 1 days and regularly aggregates up to 44mm of precipitation. The months with the lowest humidity in Barentsburg are January through April, October through December, with an average relative humidity of 77%.
  • Olonkin City - April »
    Olonkin City records an average high-temperature of a still subzero cold -3°C as April arrives, nearly mirroring the previous month's climate. On the first day of April in Olonkin City, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, sunrise is at 07:34 and sunset at 21:42.

Svalbard and Jan Mayen

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