Wednesday, 10 December 2014 - 14:32
Warmest year in three centuries
The year 2014 will be recorded as the warmest year ever. Since the beginning of the measurements in 1706, the temperature has never been so high. The average temperature of the year is 11.5 degrees Celsius, the normal average is 10.1 degrees Celsius. According to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the record is "significantly higher" than the previous warmer years in 2006 and 2007, when the average was 11.2 degrees. Spring and autumn were especially warm. The cause for this is climate change and random fluctuations, the wind came from the south relatively often. Despite the higher average temperature, August was a lot cooler. There were also no heat waves.