Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 12:45
Wettest April in 15 years, also colder than normal
This month was the wettest April the Netherlands has seen in 15 years, according to weather service Weeronline. The Netherlands had a national average of 65 millimeters of rain, compared to the normal of 44 millimeters. The region between Zuid-Holland and Groningen got between 80 and 100 millimeters of rain this month. Warffum in Groningen even got 110 millimeters, 2.5 times the normal April rain. This is the most rain the Netherlands had in April since 2001, when the country got 75 millimeters. The weather was also too cold for the usual April. The first half of the month was two degrees above average. But due to the recent cold period, the monthly average is 8.7 degrees, compared to the normal of 9.2 degrees. Despite the too cold weather and too much rain, the Netherlands actually had more than normal sunshine in April. The country had 193 hours of sunshine this month, compared to the usual 178 hours.