October weather forecast
Svalbard and Jan Mayen

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Weather in October

October in Svalbard and Jan Mayen heralds the onset of the long Arctic winter. Temperatures fall considerably, daylight hours decrease rapidly, and the first substantial snowfall of the season typically occurs.

In Svalbard, October's average temperatures range between -4°C (24.8°F) and 0°C (32°F). The capital, Longyearbyen, is not spared from these chilling conditions. Wildlife activity decreases substantially, as most species are either in hibernation or have migrated to warmer regions.

In Jan Mayen, October brings average temperatures from 0°C (32°F) to 2°C (35.6°F). Daylight hours continue to dwindle, and the sun sets increasingly early, indicating the imminent arrival of the Polar Night period. The Norwegian military base and the surrounding landscape brace for the challenging weather conditions ahead.

Precipitation in both Svalbard and Jan Mayen during October is relatively high, typically falling as snow due to the falling temperatures. This marks the beginning of the winter snow cover that will blanket the landscapes until the following spring.

Compared to September, October brings much colder temperatures and significantly reduced daylight hours. As these territories transition into November, these trends intensify, with temperatures plunging further and daylight hours dwindling to near darkness. October signifies the real onset of the challenging Arctic winter; hence, visitors should be thoroughly prepared for cold and severe weather conditions, including heavy snowfall and strong winds.

  • Longyearbyen - October »
    In October, in Longyearbyen snow falls for 21 days. January through March, October through December, with an average maximum UV index of 0, are months with the lowest UV index in Longyearbyen.
  • Barentsburg - October »
    In Barentsburg during October, snow falls for 22 days. In Barentsburg, in October, it is raining for 4 days, with typically 56mm (2.2") of accumulated precipitation.
  • Olonkin City - October »
    October 2024, at 03:00, Daylight Saving Time ends in Olonkin City, and the time zone changes from CEST to CET. When does Daylight Saving Time end in October in Olonkin City?
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