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May 29 '17 07:33

Meteorological institute KNMI warns of thunderstorms in the Netherlands on Monday. A code yellow weather warning was issued for the entire country. The north-western parts of the country can expect thunderstorms this morning. From this afternoon more storms will enter the country from the south, according to the KNMI.

May 26 '17 09:43

Sunshine and high temperatures are expected for the Netherlands this weekend. Weerplaza expects many Dutch to head towards the beaches, and warns motorists to be ready for traffic jams - be sure to have drinking water and sunscreen in the car.

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May 26 '17 09:18

First aid posts in Hoek van Holland worked overtime on Thursday, the first day of the 'beach season' in the Netherlands. About 200 people needed treatment after the combination of sun, hot weather, alcohol and drugs became too much for them, the local safety office said on Thursday night, ANP reports. 

Six people had to be taken to hospital for further treatment.

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May 25 '17 13:15

While the weather services are forecasting hot and sunny weather in the Netherlands this weekend, with temperatures up to 30 degrees, the sea water is still very cold, the Dutch Rescue Brigade warns. Swimmers may face cramps and hypothermia if they're not careful, AD reports.

This warning applies for the North Sea, but also for inland lakes, canals and other bodies of water. 

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May 24 '17 15:25

This spring was a record season for flowers in the Netherlands. Famous flower park Keukenhof in Lisse welcomed a record number of 1.4 million visitors. And the Amsterdam Tulip Festival featured over 550 blooming tulips.

The Keukenhof considered this a "top season", NU.nl reports. Due to a relatively cool spring, the flowers were in full bloom for eight weeks. 

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May 24 '17 14:15

Shell shareholders turned down an activist proposal urging the company to commit to the Paris Climate Agreement at the shareholders meeting in Scheveningen on Tuesday, were climate strategy was the main topic. This outcome meant that concrete action or measurable quotas are not deemed necessary by Shell shareholders in order to reduce emission. 

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May 22 '17 11:05

American companies will face detrimental consequences if U.S. president Donald Trump decides to withdraw his country from the Paris climate agreement, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden warned in an interview with British newspaper Financial Times. Van Beurden is one of the first to criticize Trump's decisions from the business community, which is set to benefit from Trump's promises of tax cuts and relaxed rules, RTL Nieuws reports.

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May 22 '17 10:30

Sun lovers can expect an excellent week in the Netherlands, according to Buienradar. The week will be mostly sunny and warm, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees by the weekend, RTL Nieuws reports

Today will be sunny with temperatures ranging from 18 degrees on the coast to 25 degrees inland. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will see some cloud cover, but most places will stay dry. Afternoon temperatures will range between 18 degrees on the coast to 24 degrees in the southeast. 

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May 18 '17 09:58

The Netherlands had its first tropical day of the year on Wednesday with temperatures above 30 degrees in several places. In Hoek van Holland and Ell, Limburg the maximum climbed to 31 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature measured at a KNMI weather station on May 17th ever, according to Weeronline.

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May 17 '17 13:05

The Dutch government debt was 32 billion euros lower than expected at the end of 2016, according to the Annual Financial Report Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem presented to the senate and lower house of parliament on Wednesday, ANP reports.

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May 16 '17 16:45

Fans of the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen will get their first chance to see the newly-arrived Giant Pandas beginning on Tuesday, May 30.

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May 15 '17 12:00

Summer weather is hitting the Netherlands this week, with plenty of sunshine and high temperatures. In some places in Noord-Brabant and Limburg the thermometers may even hit 30 degrees on Wednesday, according to Weeronline.

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May 12 '17 10:00

The Ocean Cleanup Project in the Pacific Ocean will start sooner and work faster, than initially planned founder Boyan Slat announced on Thursday. "We will start the cleanup early next year", the 22-year-old inventor and environmental activist said. "Within five years we will have cleaned up 50 percent of the plastic waste.", ANP reports.

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May 12 '17 09:31

The Dutch government should do more to protect historic shipwrecks in the Wadden Sea and North Sea from looters, tides and mussel bank constructions, the five coastal provinces wrote in a letter to Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science. If there is no intervention, hundreds of those historic shipwrecks and their sometimes precious cargo may be lost, they write, NOS reports.

The provinces want an investigation to be done to map the status of the shipwrecks. Based on the results, the necessary measures can be taken.

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May 11 '17 15:05

The PvdA in the Provincial States of Zuid-Holland thinks that the province should do more to facilitate sex in the outdoors. The party is concerned about the declining number of gay cruising spots in the province and thinks that the province should do more to protect them or create new ones, Anne Koning of the PvdA said to Omroep West.

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May 11 '17 13:20

The rest of this week is expected to be mild, but stormy in the Netherlands. But from next week summer weather is returning, according to Buienradar. By Wednesday the Netherlands can expect afternoon temperatures of around 25 degrees, RTL Nieuws reports.

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May 11 '17 12:10

Environmental organization Milieudefensie - the Dutch Friends of the Earth - filed another lawsuit against the Dutch state to force the government to improve the air quality in the country. The organization already filed a lawsuit against the government last year, but so far nothing has come of it, NOS reports.

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May 10 '17 11:00

More micro-plastics are ending up in food and the main culprit is the washing of synthetic clothing in the washing machine, according to a new study by the Plastic Soup Foundation, ANP reports.

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May 10 '17 08:47

The Wadden area may well be permanently under water before the end of this century, according to a study by TU Delft and Utrecht University on behalf or the Wadden Association. The study concludes that the impact of gas and salt mining has been underestimated, and drastic measures are needed to make sure the area does not disappear, NU.nl reports.

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May 9 '17 09:24

The newest and so far largest Dutch wind farm opened some 85 kilometers off the coast of Groningen on Monday afternoon. Gemini consists of 150 wind mills, over two fields each covering an area of 34 square kilometers. The mills are able to generate enough clean energy to power 785 thousand households, NOS reports.

Construction of this wind farm started in 2015. It cost a total of about 28 billion euros. According to contractors Siemens and Van Oord, the Gemini Park reduces Dutch CO2 emissions by 1.25 million tons per year.

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May 8 '17 11:44

Greenpeace, Milieudefensie, Oxfam Novib and BankTrack filed a joint complaint against ING over the bank's continued investment in fossil fuels. According to the organization, ING still invests billions of euros in fossil energy and is thereby violating OECD guidelines, BNR reports.

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May 5 '17 09:35

The Netherlands can expect a cool, cloudy but mostly dry Liberation Day today, according to Weerplaza. Afternoon temperatures will range between 11 and 14 degrees Celsius. This weekend the cloudy weather will give way for more sunshine and warmer air streaming into the country will increase maximum temperatures to between 15 an 20 degrees.

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May 4 '17 16:05

Dutch inventor Boyan Slat's received an extra investment of 21.7 million dollars. That brings the total up to 31.5 million dollars in donations received since 2013 - enough to start large scale testing. The company hopes to launch a large test in the Pacific Ocean by autumn, RTL Nieuws reports.

The biggest part of the new investment consists of donations from Marc and Lynne Benioff and an anonymous donor, according to the company. 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima at the National Commemoration on Amsterdam's Dam Square, Remembrance Day 2014
May 2 '17 12:30

Most places in the Netherlands should be able to hold the National Commemoration on May 4th without worrying about rain, according to the Dutch weather services. Liberation Day on May 5th should also be dry in most places. Both Remembrance Day and Liberation Day are expected to be cool, with maximum temperatures around 14 degrees Celsius. 

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