Winds to hit 110 km/h in Code Red warning

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The weather warning initially issued for Saturday was upgraded to a code red alert for hard winds holding at up to 110 km/h on the western coast of the Netherlands. The extra caution covers Zeeland and Zuid-Holland beginning at 11 a.m., and Noord-Holland from noon, according to the government meteorological agency KNMI.

Each province’s red alert reduces to a code yellow after about four hours. Meanwhile, a code orange alert is in effect in Noord-Brabant from noon to 5 p.m. for lightning and gusts of up to 100 km/h. The weather alert covering Utrecht was upgraded to a code orange for similar wind gusts between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The rest of the country is under a code yellow advisory into the early evening hours, first for lightning in the eastern provinces starting in the late morning hours. Sustained winds of 80-90 km/h are expected around the Netherlands through as late as 9 p.m.

Scattered showers are possible on Sunday, and likely on Monday and Tuesday. Gusty winds up to 40 km/h may continue into Wednesday morning.