Another stormy night ahead for the Netherlands

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Firefighters south of Venlo work to clear four massive trees toppled over on during Tuesday's storms. 4 June 2019Photo: Brandweer Belfeld / Twitter

Update, 5 June 2019: The KNMI issued a code yellow weather alert for all provinces except Drenthe, Friesland, and Groningen. The alert in Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Utrecht, Zeeland, and Zuid-Holland was in effect from 10 p.m. through 3 a.m. For all other provinces the alert was scheduled for 11 p.m. through 4 a.m.

After severe thunderstorms left a trail of damage across the Netherlands on Tuesday night, another area of thunderstorms is approaching the country. The first thunderstorms will hit the southernmost part of the Netherlands at around 11:00 p.m., and move across the country during the early hours of Thursday morning, according to Weeronline.

The weather service warns of a great deal of lightning strikes, strong gusts of wind up to 80 kilometers per hour, and heavy downpours during which up to 30 mm of rain can fall in a short period. With that the coming storms will be slightly less powerful than those that hit the Netherlands on Tuesday, which saw gusts of over 100 km/h in some places. Though tonight's heavy downpours, on top of the already saturated ground, may result in flooding.  

According to Weeronline, the center and south of the country will face the brunt of the storms. As they move north, the intensity of the showers will decrease. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the southern provinces - Zeeland, Noord-Brabant and Limburg. 

Thursday will see the brief return of calmer weather, with sunshine and clouds alternating. While there is a chance of showers here and there, no thunderstorms are expected. Afternoon temperatures will range between 17 and 20 degrees. This reprieve will be short lived, however, with the next thunderstorm expected to hit on Friday afternoon, according to Weeronline. 


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