The storms that moved from the southwest of the Netherlands northwards during the course of Thursday night, brought a massive 43 thousand lighting strikes with it. Some places got between 30 and 50 mm of rain. The storms caused problems with train traffic and car traffic and the fire department had to respond to 140 reports of flooding.
Today may well be the sixth tropical day in the Netherlands this summer, if afternoon temperatures in De Bilt reach 30 degrees. The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute expects sunny skies and warm temperatures of between 25 and 31 degrees all through in the Netherlands.
Police in Zandvoort sealed off part of the beach there after the body of a young woman was discovered washed ashore. Her identity is not known, police said Saturday.
Amusement park Walibi Holland has been invaded by wasps and bees. The problem is getting so large that people no longer dare stand in the queue and the first aid stall is overrun by people who have been stung.
Friday morning started stormy with heavy showers for the east and southeast of the country. According to Weerplaza, up to 30 milliliters of rain fell in some places, accompanied by thunder. Thunderstorms are also expected for tonight and Saturday night.
A man in Zeewolde got quite a fright when the fox he was filming suddenly decided to turn its attentions on the man.
Cloudless skies and warm days are expected for the rest of the week, according to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.
The Rijkswaterstaat has identified the red substance floating in the North Sea between Wassenaar and Scheveningen as Noctiluca scintillans, more commonly known as sea sparkle. People are still advised not to swim in the North Sea today.
Residents of Sint Willebrord has been warned to keep an eye out for an about half a meter long lizard that escaped from Kraaiendonk on Sunday. According to the police, the lizard is completely harmless, but can look quite frightening.
Visitors to beaches between Scheveningen and Wassenaar were not allowed into the ocean on Sunday due to a red substance floating on the water. The Coast Guard hoisted the yellow flag in the area and the police ordered people out of the water after the reddish-brown slimy slurry was discovered. The police are calling it a "pest algae"
A combination of a whirlwind and heavy rain on Thursday morning has flooded the Flood Museum in Ouwerkerk, Zeeland.
A Leeuwarden man ended up in the hospital on Thursday after being bitten by an exotic spider that entered his home in a package from Australia. He is doing well after receiving treatment
The Netherlands had the coldest start to July 31st in history this morning. The minimum temperature at De Bilt measured 5.1 degrees at 5:50 this morning, beating 1961's record of 5.9 degrees
Artis Zoo has welcomed its first baby giraffe for this year. The female giraffe was born around 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and the zoo managed to capture the birth on video.
The Netherlands will soon have some summer weather again. This weekend will be dry and sunny, with afternoon temperatures ranging from the low to mid 20's, according to the KNMI.
The massive summer storm that hit the Netherlands on Saturday caused estimated 13 million euros worth of damage, according to the Dutch Association of Insurers' initial prognoses. If this initial estimation holds true, the extent of the damage was "not huge" compared to other storms earlier this year.
On Saturday the Netherlands was hit by the largest summer storm since the weather measurements started in 1901. One person died after a tree fell on his car and several other people were wounded. The storm resulted in closed highways, dozens of delayed flights, delays in public transport and a significant amount of damage.
The weather warning initially issued for Saturday was upgraded to a code red alert for hard winds holding at up to 110 km/h on the western coast of the Netherlands. The extra caution covers Zeeland and Zuid-Holland beginning at 11 a.m., and Noord-Holland from noon, according to the government meteorological agency KNMI.
The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, or KNMI, has issued a code yellow warning for Saturday. The weather office expects hazardous weather because of strong winds.
The wolf spotted in the Netherlands earlier this year, was killed in Germany in April. The animal was hit by a truck on the A7 near Berkhof, just north of Hannover, on April 15th.
The Apenheul animal park in Apeldoorn has introduced two new golden lion tamarin monkeys to the park. Visitors can see the two new arrivals - a male and a female - at the end of the route through the park.
Firefighters were attacked by a rather ungrateful cow after they had successfully rescued the animal from the Aduarderdiep in Groningen on Saturday.
Hundreds of Dutch people are currently stranded in Singapore and Bali. KLM had to cancel the flights between the two islands after a volcano on East Java erupted.
The number of reported tick bites increased significantly last month, compared to previous years. The RIVM expects that half a million people will be bitten by a tick in this coming month, and warns that people should be extra vigilant in checking for tick bites after visiting a "green area" as the insect could transmit Lyme disease.