The Climate Agreement that the Dutch government is presenting on Friday afternoon is insufficient for fair and effective climate policy, according to environmental organizations Greenpeace and Milieudefensie and trade union FNV. "A few crucial improvements are needed to ensure that we achieve the right breakthroughs for the Netherlands and the world", Greenpeace director Joris Thijssen said at a press conference just hours before the government presented its plans, NOS reports.
People who live near Schiphol airport are regularly exposed to increased concentrations of ultra-fine particles in the air, which can have an effect on their health. On days that the wind blows from Schiphol, children with respiratory diseases show more symptoms and more often have to use their medication, according to the interim results of a study by public health institute RIVM, Utrecht University, and the Amsterdam academic medical center AMC.
This weekend will be another hot and sunny one in the Netherlands, with temperatures up to 33 degrees expected on Saturday and up to 32 degrees on Sunday. But a plague of poisonous caterpillars throughout the country is putting somewhat of a damper on the outdoor fun.
The majority of Amsterdam residents supports taking measures against climate change, the Amsterdam center for research, information and statistics OIS found in a survey among 1,400 locals. Around 70 percent called the switch to sustainable, clean energy a good thing and feel responsible to contribute to this transition. And only 5 percent said climate change is exaggerate, the city said in a pres release.
The lost ringed seal that was spotted swimming around Amsterdam and De Kwakel over the weekend, now ended up in Gelderland after a long swim through Utrecht. Seal center Pieterburen is concerned about the exotic animal, which likely came from around Norway, because the Netherlands is currently way too hot for the seal, NOS reports.
The current hot summer weather in the Netherlands will last through the weekend, Weeronline expects. Temperatures up to 34 degrees are expected in large parts of the country on Saturday.
After months of negotiations, the coalition parties VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie finally agreed on a Climate Agreement. The main changes to the draft agreement is that the government decided to balance the burdens more evenly between individuals and businesses by shifting the climate tax from citizens to companies and adjusting the energy tax, NOS reports.
A ringed seal native to arctic waters was seen lounging on a slip behind a houseboat in Breukelen, Utrecht on Monday night. Experts were concerned the seal could suffer from the hot weather expected week, and might not make it back to the North Sea by itself. People in the Utrecht area were asked to keep an eye open for the seal swimming in the region's waterways.
Two members of the military were transported to a hospital on Monday when they showed symptoms of heat stroke. The two were participating in the first part of the National Military Championship (NMK) Pentathlon event in Oirschot, Noord-Brabant on Tuesday morning when medics stepped in to check them out.
A new record for the warmest-ever June 25 was set on Tuesday when the thermometer peaked at 36 degrees. The new record was set in Volkel, Noord-Brabant, breaking the previous record of 34 degrees set in the same place in 1976.
Today's high temperature was recorded by Dutch meteorological agency KNMI at 4:50 p.m. The record was already beaten hours earlier when 34.2 degrees was recorded in Hupsel, a small Gelderland village just eight kilometers west of the German border.
Tuesday will be the hottest day of the week, according to Weerplaza. Maximums will range from 30 degrees Celsius along the coast to over 35 degrees in the east of the country. The day will be filled with sunshine, and blue skies, with a moderate wind occasionally providing some cooling.
While enjoying the hot summer weather in the Netherlands this week, remember to also make sure your pets are cool and hydrated. By now everyone should know not to leave their pets in hot cars, but also take note that dogs can burn their feet on hot asphalt and cats can fall out of high windows while looking for a cool breeze, Dierenambulance Amsterdam warns on Facebook.
A new search effort was planned for Monday to find a seal that was apparently lost in inland waters, and trying to make its way back to the North Sea. Experts said it appeared to be a ringed seal native to the arctic waters near Norway.
After four months of re-design and repairs, the plastic collecting boom fo the Ocean Cleanup project is back on the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A tugboat with the 600 meter long boom departed from the port of Vancouver in Canada late last week, NOS reports.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for persistent heat, due to hot weather expected this week. The high temperatures are expected to last until at least Wednesday, and the weather warning therefore remains in effect until then.
The warning applies to the entire country, except for the coastal provinces. Maximums above 30 degrees are expected for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with lots of sunshine, little wind and no rain. Make sure you stay hydrated, keep your home and yourself cool, and avoid strenuous exercise during the heat of the day, the KNMI warns.
Monday will be hot in the Netherlands, with maximum temperatures ranging from 28 degrees on the coast to 33 degrees inland. Some places may even see afternoon temperatures climb to 36 degrees. Public health institute RIVM implemented the 'Heat Plan' in a number of provinces, RTL Nieuws reports.
Sunday night was a so-called tropical night, with minimums not falling below 20 degrees. Monday will get hot quickly. Thermometers in the southeast of the country can reach 30 degrees before noon. Monday night is also expected to be a tropical night.
Over 140 thousand homes in the Netherlands will flood during heavy rain showers. At least 76 thousand other buildings, such as schools and shops, are also at risk of major damage due to flooding, according to research by RTL Nieuws and consultancy and engineering firm Arcadis.
A wolf pair spotted in the Veluwe at the end of April had three pups, the province of Gelderland announced with video of the pups. According to the province, they were born sometime in April - the first time in 200 years that wolves were born in the Netherlands in the wild.
Time to get out the swim suits and sunscreen. Next week will be hot in the Netherlands, according to Buienradar. There's even a good chance of the first heatwave of the year.
"We speak of a heat wave when there are five days with 25 degrees of higher nationwide, of which there are also three days above 30 degrees", Nicolien Kroon of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. According to her, there is a 30 to 40 percent chance of this happening next week.
Multiple fires were caused by lightning strikes while thunderstorms raged across the Netherlands on Wednesday. No one was hurt in the fires. An 18-year-old student was struck by lightning at a military base in Ossendrecht. He was admitted to a burns center in Antwerp with burns and severe damage to his lungs, his school reported.
A lightning strike left 14 military students injured at the army base in Ossendrecht on Wednesday morning. One student sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital by trauma helicopter. The other 13 were taken to hospital for examination, the Koninklijke Marechaussee said on Twitter.
The students involved are studying the Safety & Craftsmanship course at ROC, according to RTL Nieuws. According to the Marechaussee, the lightning strike happened on a military training ground.
Exactly what happened, is not yet clear.
Wednesday will be dry and hot in most of the Netherlands, until the afternoon at least. During the afternoon and evening, thunderstorms with hail and strong winds will move happen the country. The southwest of the Netherlands may already see thunderstorms in the morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning.
This morning storms entered the southwest of the country from Belgium, bringing with them a chance of hail and wind gusts up to 60 kilometers per hour. The showers will lighten and stop during the course of the morning, according to the KNMI.
The past weeks of rain and storms seem to finally be giving way to more summery weather, according to Weeronline. From Father's Day on Sunday, the weather will turn increasingly sunny and warm, the weather service expects.
Friday will be warm but mostly cloudy, with maximums ranging between 20 and 26 degrees. There is a chance of some sunshine in the afternoon, but cloud cover will increase again by evening, bringing with them showers and maybe even a thunderstorm.
This is a good time of year to look up at the sky after sunset and before sunrise. Around the start of the astronomical summer on June 21st, there is a good chance that you will encounter the weather phenomenon noctilucent clouds. The shiny clouds could be seen all over the Netherlands on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.