Nature

Berlagebrug in Amsterdam
Jul 24 '18 15:20

Large ships can not use the so-called Oostroute through Amsterdam from Tuesday. As a result of the continuing and extreme heat, the metal of the bridges set out to such an extent that they are "locked" and can not open to let large ships through, a spokesperson for the municipality of Amsterdam said to ANP.

Cooling the bridges with water from the canals no longer helps. The 12 bridges will therefore remain closed until further notice.

Blue-green algae
Jul 24 '18 12:30

Waterboards across the Netherlands warn swimmers to keep a careful eye out for blue-green algae during the hot days. The algae can cause serious skin and eye irritations for those who come into contact with it, the Telegraaf reports.

Blue-green algae already emerged on five beaches in the Flevopolder, for example.

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Jul 24 '18 09:26

Tuesday is the start of a very hot couple of days in the Netherlands. Weeronline expects temperatures to climb up to 37 degrees Celsius by the end of the week.

On Tuesday the eastern parts of the Randstad can expect maximums around 32 degrees. Rotterdam and Amsterdam will hit 30 degrees. The central parts of the country will see maximums between 32 and 35 degrees - the hottest it's been all year. The Wadden area, parts of Noord-Holland and along the west coast will be slightly cooler, with maximums ranging between 27 and 29 degrees, according to the weather service.

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Jul 23 '18 12:10

Public health institution RIVM implemented the National Heat Plan on Monday due to persistently hot weather expected this week. s the coming days, and minimums won't drop below 20, according to meteorological institute KNMI.

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Jul 23 '18 10:10

Pay extra attention to the elderly during the coming hot days, the Red Cross advises. According to the aid organization, this vulnerable group is at risk of dehydration and overheating in the , NOS reports.

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Jul 23 '18 09:30

This summer is fast becoming the driest summer the Netherlands ever had. It seems almost certain that the drought record dating from the summer of 1976 will be broken in the coming days, meteorologist Brian Verhoeven of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws.

Summer at the beach
Jul 20 '18 14:30

There is a 60 percent chance of a national heatwave in the Netherlands next week, according to Weeronline. Widespread maximums of between 30 and 32 degrees Celsuis are expected from Tuesday onwards.

On Friday and over the weekend, maximums will range between 22 and 25 degrees along the coast and between 25 and 30 degrees in the rest of the country. "In fact, the heat wave already started in the vast majority of the country. It is only a matter of time until many weather stations meet the conditions", according to Weeronline.

Water police
Jul 20 '18 12:10

A sailboat and a tugboat sank at the Botlek bridge near Hoogvliet in Rotterdam at around 7:45 a.m. on Friday. Two people who were on board the sailboat ended up in the water, but have since been rescued, according to the local safety office, AD reports.

The sailboat crew members were fished out of the water by a dinghy that happened to be sailing by. They were checked over by paramedics and did not have to go to the hospital. 

Cracked, dry ground
Jul 19 '18 08:59

The supply of water to the Rijn river that enters at Spijk Nederland dropped below the minimum limit for the month of July, the national coordination committee for water distribution LCW announced. The LCW therefore issued a code yellow, which means that a water shortage may be imminent. The low water level may lead to measures, though what measures exactly is not yet clear, the LCW said, NU.nl reports.

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Jul 18 '18 09:27

A small earthquake, registering 2.0 on the Richter scale, hit the Drenthe village of Dalen on Tuesday morning. The quake happened at a depth of three kilometers, and was so light that many people did not even notice it, RTV Drenthe reports.

"Gas is extracted near Dalen. We also believe that the earthquake has to do with that", Laslo Evers, seismologist at meteorological institute KNMI, said to the broadcaster. There were previously gas extraction quakes near Dalen in 2000 and 2002. 

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Jul 17 '18 15:10

Households in parts of Friesland, Overijssel and Flevoland may experience low water pressure in the coming days. Water consumption in these areas is currently much higher than normal due to the persistent heat, water company Vitens announced on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

According to the water company, about 45 percent more water is currently being consumed in Friesland and Overissel than normal. 

vrouwenpolder
Jul 17 '18 14:20

The Netherlands can expect hot weather again from next week. There is even a 2 percent chance that temperatures could climb to 42 degrees Celsius, according to Weerplaza. That is much higher than the hottest temperature ever measured in the Netherlands - 38.6 degrees Celsius, measured in Warnsveld.

Ambulance
Jul 17 '18 13:30

A 24-year-old man was taken from the water at Bogortein on Java island in Amsterdam Oost on Monday. He was resuscitated and rushed to hospital, but passed away. The victim was an exchange student from Ecuador, the Telegraaf reports.

The student was swimming with friends when he disappeared under water. His friends sounded the alarm.

Fire department divers found him quickly and resuscitated him at the scene. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died. 

Water police
Jul 17 '18 12:10

The body of a woman who disappeared while snorkeling in a beach bath on Enodedreef in Nuenen on Sunday, was found by police divers on Monday. The victim is a 49-year-old woman from Eindhoven, the police confirmed on Twitter.

The woman's family was informed about the sad news, the police said. 

Fire in the dunes near Heemskerk, 16 July 2018
Jul 16 '18 15:00

A fire broke out in the dunes near Heemskerk, Noord-Holland, late on Monday morning. Emergency services are at the scene in large numbers, including dozens of fire trucks. The emergency services deployed en masse, erring on the side of caution due to the drought, a spokesperson for local safety office Veiligheidsregio Kennemerland said to ANP.

Ambulance
Jul 16 '18 14:20

A 4-year-old boy who wasin Hooffdorp on Sunday afternoon, passed away later that evening, the police confirmed to RTL Nieuws on Monday.

A swimmer found the boy at the bottom of the lake. Multiple emergency services responded to the scene. 

The child was resuscitated and rushed to hospital, where he passed away. 

Hundreds of swans covered in oil after a spill in the Derde Petroleum port in Rotterdam, 24 June 2018
Jul 16 '18 12:40

The first 41 of after an oil spill in the port of Rotterdam three weeks ago, were released again on Saturday. After the oil leak, the swans spent weeks in a temporary shelter on Maeslantkering in Hoek van Holland, being cleaned and recuperating. More swans will be released in the coming weeks, RTL Nieuws reports

Crime scene
Jul 16 '18 07:46

Warm summer weather had many Dutch seeking to cool down in the water this weekend. But that did not work out well for everyone. A man drowned in Amsterdam, in Hoofddorp a 4-year-old was resuscitated and rushed to hospital after being removed from a lake, a woman disappeared underwater in Nuenen, and two people are missing in Noordwijk. 

Vegetable garden
Jul 13 '18 13:40

At various places around chemical factory Chemours in Dordrecht, the ditch water and collected rain water contain high concentrations of chemical substances PFOA or GenX, according to the interim results of a RIVM investigation into these chemicals in the water of 11 vegetable gardens in the area, NOS reports. 

King Willem-Alexander, March 2018
Jul 12 '18 15:00

King Willem-Alexander wants to install solar panels on palace Huis ten Bosch, but can't due to a law that states that you can not change the appearance of national monuments. He is not giving up though and will continue to look for a way, he said in Amsterdam on Wednesday, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Jul 11 '18 09:42

Former Environment Minister Ed Nijpels presented the Netherlands' Climate Agreement to Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate on Tuesday. This concerns the agreement in broad terms, with some concrete goals set and agreements made. The rest will be worked out and finalized later this year. The aim is to implement the Climate Agreement in 2019, NOS and NU.nl report.

Seal pup Tio rescued from a road in Den Helder, 25 Dec 2016
Jul 10 '18 10:00

The Dutch government no longer wants to take in sick or injured seals, unless they were injured by human action, Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality wrote to parliament. She is thereby adopting the advice of a committee that researched seal shelter in the Netherlands. The committee concluded that a 'hands off' approach should apply to sick or stranded seals, and that their care must be more professional, ANP reprots.

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Jul 9 '18 14:40

After last week's summer high temperatures, the Netherlands can expect cooler and cloudier weather this week, according to Weerplaza.

From Monday maximum temperatures will reach no higher than the low 20s. Maximums of around 19 degrees are expected along the coast on Monday, climbing to around 23 degrees in Limburg.

Cloud cover will increase across the country throughout Monday. There may even be a shower here and there, but no heavy rain. 

From Wednesday temperatures will start to climb again, though there may still be some showers in the east of the country. 

Summer at the beach
Jul 6 '18 15:50

The beach in the Zuid-Holland town of Ouddorp is the cleanest beach in the Netherlands this year, according to the annual election by Strand Nederland, Green Deal Schone Stranden, Stichting NederlandSchoon, Koninklijke Horeca Nederland, Blauwe Vlag/Green Key and hospitality magazine Entree, Nu.nl reports.

According to Strand Nederland, Ouddorp managed to convince many beach goers to strive for a coastline without waste. For example, pavilion operators hand out waste bags to beach goers. 

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