After a week of unseasonably mild temperatures and rain, the Netherlands can expect some snow over the weekend, according to weather agency Weerplaza.
Despite the autumn showers and clouds currently covering the Netherlands, the country can expect unusually mild weather later this week. Maximum temperatures around 7 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, will increase to around 15 degrees on Wednesday, according to RTL weatherman Nicolien Kroon.
"Normally it's eight degrees around this time of the year", Kroon said. "The predictions for the middle of the week are extremely mild with temperatures of 14 and 15 degrees."
Sinterklaas, his helpers and everyone going to see him arrive in Dokkum on Saturday are advised to dress warmly and take their raincoats. The weather is expected to be rainy and cold, Weeronline reports
According to the weather service, maximum temperatures in Dokkum on Saturday will reach no higher than 8 degrees. But due to expected rain and a moderate to strong wind, the ambient temperature may drop to freezing point.
Around 500 hundred young people are expected to help remove plastic waste from the famous Amsterdam canals on Friday. Small electric boats will navigate the waterways as crews scoop plastic out with fishing nets.
The boats will set sail from Nassaukade and wind their way through different canals until they reach the IJ. Another team will also collect plastic on the beach in nearby Zandvoort.
The project, called Trash Hunt, is an idea of JCI Nederland, a network of resourceful young people whose global parent organization boasts more than 170,000 members worldwide.
Motorists should be aware of reduced visibility due to fog during rush hour on Wednesday morning, meteorological institute KNMI warns. A code yellow weather warning is currently in effect for Gelderland and Utrecht, but the KNMI believes that other areas may also be affected.
"Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. Adjust speed and keep sufficient following distance", the meteorological institute warns. "Follow weather reports and warnings."
Four Dutch tourists and their Costa Rican guide were injured when they were caught in a landslide while climbing the Arenal volcano in Costa Rica on Friday. "We heard a strange noise and suddenly saw rocks falling down", 30-year-old Pieter Hoeijmakers said to De Limgurger.
Hoeijmakers broke his arm. The other three Dutch sustained a shifted vertebra in the neck, a broken arm and collar bone, and a head wound respectively. Hoeijmakers and the Dutch man with the head wound are back in their hotel, the other two are still in hospital.
Environmental organization Milieudefensie is recruiting "air guards" in the seven large cities in the Netherlands - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Den Bosch, Eindhoven and Arnhem. These air guards' job will be to make sure their municipalities take steps to improve air quality in their region, the Volkskrant reports.
Three KLM planes were hit by lightning shortly after taking off from Schiphol on Sunday afternoon. One plane had to return to the Amsterdam airport for inspection, NOS reports.
Flight KL1175 was on its way from Schiphol to Trondheim in Norway when lightning struck it. The plain turned around over the North Sea and flew back to Schiphol to be inspected. The safety of passengers and crew was not in danger, a KLM spokesperson said to the broadcaster.
Dutch energy company Nuon signed a "mega agreement" with Microsoft on supplying wind energy to the American software giant. Nuon is building a wind farm in Wieringermeerpolder to supply the nearby Microsoft data center with power, ANP reports.
The wind farm will initially include more than 80 windmills, which will exclusively be used by Microsoft. Nuon is spending around 200 million euros on the construction of the wind farm. How much the Dutch company will make out of this deal, was not revealed. "At Microsoft's request, we make no statements about that."
The Netherlands is falling behind internationally in breaking the link between CO2 emissions and economic growth, according to advisory office PwC in its Low Carbon Economy Index 2017, ANP reports.
For this index, the researchers looked at how much carbon dioxide a country emits to make a million dollars. In the Netherlands the so-called CO2 intensity increased by 0.1 percent. While the carbon intensity for the G20 countries - the world's 20 biggest economies - decreased by 2.6 percent on average.
With the new Dutch government's plans, the Netherlands can reach about half of the climate goals set in the Paris climate agreement, according to an analysis by living environment planning office PBL. In order to achieve all the goals in the Paris Agreement, which is aimed at limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees, the government must make additional agreements with the Dutch industry, the PBL says, ANP reports.
The Netherlands can expect mostly cloudy and windy weather this weekend, with some showers, according to meteorological institute KNMI. Weeronline warns of a storm in the Wadden area on Sunday.
Friday will have some periods of sunshine and several showers moving from the north to the south of the country. Afternoon temperatures will rise to around 14 degrees Celsius, accompanied by a moderate northwesterly wind inland, increasing in strength towards the coast.
The city of Arnhem will ban diesel cars produced before 2004 form the city center by January 1st, 2019 at the latest, the college of mayor and aldermen decided. This decision was met with fierce criticism from the royal Netherlands' automobile club KNAC.
"The air in the city center is too dirty", Arnhem's mobility alderman Geert Ritsema explained, according to De Gelderlander. "Residents of the city center on average live over one year shorter due to the poor air. We have to take our responsibility and act now."
The Sinterklaas parade in Gouda this year will include a gluten-free Zwarte Piet. This Piet will hand out gluten-free sweets to children with gluten intolerance. A green flag with the gluten-free logo will be strapped to his back so that he is easy to recognize, AD reports.
"For the second time this week, we could hand out a flower for a heroic deed", the Den Bosch police wrote on Facebook. On Wednesday 70-year-old Cees van Loon rescued his toddler neighbor from drowning. "A heroic deed? Anyone would've done it", Cees said to Omroep Brabant.
A wolf was spotted on the Veluwe. Experts from wolf associations Wolven in Nederland and the Lupus Institute in Germany confirmed that the animal is indeed a wolf,based on photo material. After disappearing from the Netherlands around 150 years ago, this is the third wolf to cross the German border into the Netherlands this year, the Volkskrant reports.
The number of insects in German natural areas dropped by over three quarters over the past 30 years, according to a study by ecologists at Radboud University in Nijmegen. According to the Dutch researchers, there is no reason to believe that insects in the Netherlands are doing any better than those in the German research areas, NOS reports.
Two devastating natural phenomena in Ireland, Spain and Portugal had a beautiful effect on the Netherlands. The effects of Hurricane Ophelia over Ireland and the forest fires in Spain and Portugal, turned the morning sun in the Netherlands into a beautiful fireball red-orange on Tuesday.
Monday is officially the hottest October 16th ever measured in the Netherlands, according to Weerplaza. Around 1:00 p.m. a high temperature of 21.5 degrees was measured in De Bilt, breaking the 21.2 degrees record of 1949, the weather service announced.
For records such as these, only temperatures measured by meteorological institute KNMI in De Bilt counts, according to ANP. De Bilt is located in the middle of the Netherlands.
KLM and other airlines scrapped a number of flights from Schiphol airport to Ireland and back for Monday. Hurricane Ophelia is expected to hit Ireland during the course of Monday morning.
Dutch airline KLM canceled a total of five flights between Schiphol Dublin and between Schiphol and Belfast. The airline will reassess the situation during the course of Monday and see if any further changes to the schedule are necessary. At this time all flights to Scotland are still going through as planned.
The new Dutch government presented a very ambitious energy policy in its government agreement on Tuesday. By 2030 the Rutte III cabinet wants the Netherlands' greenhouse gas emissions to be 49 percent lower than the level it was in 1990, a higher goal than what European rules currently demand. The governments is also planning to advocate for a 55 percent reduction in emissions in Europe.
A large fire broke out in a warehouse on Kromstraat in Valkenswaard on Monday night. Asbestos was found in the warehouse's roof. Released soot and ash spread across a wide area around the warehouse. Local residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed. The fire department is investigating whether asbestos polluted the surrounding area, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
A 53-year-old Dutch man died on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on Friday. The believed cause of death is heart failure, a friend who climbed the highest mountain in Africa with victim Jack Dellepoort, said to BN De Stem.
"We reached the summit on Friday morning at 06:15, after which he suddenly became unwell. There was immediate help from guides and people with oxygen and measuring equipment to measure blood levels and heart rate", the friend said to the newspaper.