Summer is coming! Temps up to 30°C expected by Sunday

The beach in Vrouwenpolder, Zeeland. Source: Flickr/d_vdm

June marks the start of summer for meteorologists, and this year summer will start off with a bang. The weekend will see ideal beach weather, with sunshine and high temperatures. Some places in southeast Netherlands may even see the first tropical day of the year on Sunday, with temperatures climbing to 30 degrees, Weerplaza expects.

Many people have a long weekend from today, thanks to Ascension Day. Though unfortunately for them, the sunny weather will only start on Saturday. Thursday will be cloudy, with some light rain in the morning. Afternoon temperatures will range between 17 and 20 degrees. Friday will also be cloudy, but dry, with maximums between 18 and 23 degrees.

"On Saturday we find ourselves in the middle of a warm and humid-type air from the subtropics", Weerplaza said. The day will be largely sunny, with only a few clouds here and there. The early morning will still be cool, but temperatures will quickly climb to 22 degrees in coastal areas and 26 degrees east of the country. With a weak to moderate wind, Saturday will have ideal beach weather. Though Weerplaza warns that the seawater temperature is still quite low at 15 or 16 degrees.

Sunday will be even sunnier and warmer. Temperatures will climb to 20 degrees during the course of the morning, and in the afternoon coastal areas can expect maximums of around 23 degrees, rising to 28 degrees along the eastern border. In the southeast, temperatures may even climb to 30 degrees, making the first regional tropical day of the year a real possibility. The air is quite unstable, however, which means there is a chance of some rain or even a thunderstorm later on Sunday, especially inland. 

Astronomical summer starts on June 21st, at 5:54 p.m. this year, according to the weather service. That means that the sun is currently high in the sky and the days are steadily getting longer. This also increases the chance of sunburn, so remember your sunscreen if you stay out in the sun for longer than 16 minutes.