National Heat Plan re-implemented as temperatures rise

Summer at the beach
Summer at the beach. (Photo: Ross / Wikimedia Commons )

Public health institute RIVM again implemented the National Heat Plan for Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Gelderland, Utrecht, Overijssel and Drenthe. Temperatures in these parts of the country will climb to between 30 and 35 degrees in the coming days, and minimums will not drop much below 20 degrees, according to meteorological institute KNMI.

The RIVM warns people in these provinces to stay hydrated, wear thin clothing that provide protection against the sun, stay in the shade, regularly apply sunscreen, and limit physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day.

Also keep an extra eye on vulnerable groups like the elderly, people in care institutions and young children. "Persistent hot weather brings health risks for vulnerable groups", the RIVM said on its website. "These people are extra vulnerable at high temperatures. It is important to be alert to dehydration and overheating."

The National Heat Plan was also implemented last week.