Madness reigned on Dutch roads on Tuesday morning. A combination of rainy weather and a large number of accidents caused numerous traffic jams and delays. Both the ANWB and Rijkswaterstaat called it a rush hour record for this year, the Telegraaf reports.
Morning rush hour is expected to be a doozy on Tuesday. The wet autumn weather is expected to cause many traffic jams, according to both Rijkswaterstaat and ANWB, RTL Nieuws reports.
Rijkswaterstaat expects a traffic jam peak of over 300 kilometers on the Dutch highways this morning. By 7:00 a.m. there were already 90 kilometers of traffic jams on the highway, the Public Works department reported.
Time to get out your winter coat, according to Weeronline. Cold air from Scandinavia means cold autumn weather for the Netherlands this weekend. On Sunday and Monday maximum temperatures will stay below 10 degrees, the weather service expects.
The unseasonably warm weather will remain in the Netherlands for a few days yet, according to Weerplaza. This is because the remnants of tropical hurricanes Leslie an Michael are leaving over the Mediterranean, instead of crossing our country as expected.
On Monday maximum temperatures will rise to between 22 and 25 degrees. It will be mostly sunny and dry. Tuesday will also still be sunny and warm, with maximums between 21 and 25 degrees expected.
With a maximum temperature of 10.9 degrees measured in De Bilt, Sunday was officially the coldest September 23rd ever measured in the Netherlands, Weeronline reports. The previous cold record for this day was 11.5 degrees on September 23rd, 1974. Sunday was also the coldest day in the Netherlands since April 5th.
The chilly weather on Sunday stood in stark contrast against the warm late summer weather of the past week. On Tuesday Maastricht even had a last tropical day, with a maximum above 30 degrees.
Autumn weather started in the Netherlands on Friday with a storm that triggered a code yellow warning for strong winds from meteorological institute KNMI. By 2:40 p.m. a total of 260 flights had been canceled at Schiphol airport. Due to the wind, not all of the airport's runways can be used.
A large autumn storm will hit the Netherlands on Sunday, Buienradar expects. Wind gusts of over 100 kilometers per hour can be expected. "The storm also brings a ot of rain with it, so stay indoors with cake and soup", Nicolien Kroon of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws.
"It seems we can prepare for wind force 8 or 9", Kroon said. "The chance that trees will fall over is greater, because they are all still in leaf because of the beautiful summer."
Wednesday and Thursday will be sunny and warm in the Netherlands, but those will be the last summer days for the country this year, Weerplaza expects. Cool autumn weather is on the way.
Wednesday will by sunny and largely dry. Maximum temperatures will range from 21 degrees Celsius on the Wadden to around 27 degrees inland. The coastal provinces will see some cloud cover, but the rest of the country will be mostly sunny. Thursday will also be largely sunny with maximums around 24 degrees.
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."
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.
Schiphol is preparing for a busy time during the upcoming autumn holiday. Around 3 million people will travel through Schiphol in the coming days, 6 percent more than the autumn holiday of last year. The airport is taking additional measures to make traveling through Schiphol as pleasant as possible, ANP reports.
The first night frost of the season happened in Twente overnight. According to Weerplaza, the mercury dropped to 2.3 degrees Celsius in Twente, and a low temperature of -1.2 degrees was measured at 10 centimeters above the grass.
The first frost of the season happened a bit later than last year, when the first below 0 temperatures of autumn were measured on October 6th. In 2015 the first frost was in September already.
Road users in the center and south of the Netherlands, will need to take reduced visibility due to thick fog into account when taking the road on Wednesday morning. Visibility may be reduced to less than 200 meters in some places, according to the code yellow weather warning meteorological institute KNMI issued.
"Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility", the KNMI warns. Motorists are advised to reduce their speed and keep a safe following distance. "Fog can be treacherous due to sudden onset. Follow weather reports and warnings."
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the Netherlands' coastal provinces on Wednesday morning due to very strong winds brought by the season's first autumn storm.
The northern coastal area can see gusts of over 120 kilometers per hour, the KNMI warns. The Provinces of Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Friesland, Groningen and in the Wadden- and IJsselmeer areas can expect winds around 100 kilometers per hour.
The Netherlands' coastal provinces will face the season's first official autumn storm on Wednesday, according to meteorological institute KNMI. The KNMI warns of wind gusts on the coast and the IJsselmeer of up to 90 kilometers per hour. Weerplaza forecasts winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour on the Wadden.
The coastal provinces of the Netherlands can expect strong winds and heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday, according to meteorological institute KNMI. The institute issued a code yellow warning that is in place until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
According to the KNMI, some areas may see over 50 millimeters of rain in 24 hours. This could result in flooding. The coastal areas in the west and northwest of the country can also expect winds of around 75 kilometers per hour this afternoon.
Afternoon temperatures will climb to around 17 degrees Celsius.
This month was the coldest November the Netherlands had since 1998. The average temperature for November, measured at De Bilt, came down to 5.5 degrees. On 12 days the minimum temperature dropped below zero, according to meteorological institute KNMI.
The hottest it was this month was in Westdorpe in Zeeland, where the maximum temperature was 15.2 dgerees on November 1st. Despite the low temperatures, this November was quite sunny. There was about 85 hours of sunshine, compared to the November average of around 63 hours.
Motorists on Dutch roads should be careful of icy roads on Wednesday morning, espeacially in the western parts of the country. A supply of relatively moist air from the sea is now frozen on the ground, Weeronline warns. Bridges and overpasses may be especially slippery.
About 50 Dutch skating enthusiast enjoyed skating on natural ice outdoors iin De Lier on Tuesday morning. Skate club Hard gaat-ie produced a thin layer of ice using a combination of their sprinkling system and the freezing cold, NU.nl reports.
The Dutch Salvation Army made 568 extra shelter available across the Netherlands on Monday night. The organization wants to make sure that every homeless person in the country has a place to shelter from the autumn chill, the Telegraaf reports.
Most of the extra beds were placed in the large cities, for example Amsterdam got 200 extra beds and Rotterdam got 195. In smaller towns the extra beds were placed in the existing shelters. But in large cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, separate locations were opened.
Monday night was the coldest autumn night of this century for the Netherlands, with a minimum temperature of -6.6 degrees Celsius measured at De Bilt. The last time it was this cold was in the fall of 1998, when a minimum temperature of -8.5 degrees was measured, according to Weeronline.
The east of the country had an even colder night, with temperatures of -11.9 degrees measured in Enschede.
Slick railway tracks caused by fallen leaves and rain resulted in fewer trains traveling on the busy routes between Nijmegen and Schiphol and between Den Haag Central and Utrecht Central, NS warns. Delays can be up to 15 minutes per journey.
Trains with damaged wheels can not travel on slick tracks, according to Het Parool. Damaged wheels skid on slick tracks when a train tries to brake and can lead to significant damage.
The Netherlands can expect low temperatures more reminiscent of January than early November this week, according to Weeronline. Frost will appear in most places and there may even be some wet snow.
Today there will be a number of showers that can be accompanied by hail. There may be some sunshine during the afternoon, but it will be paired with a cold north-easterly wind. Afternoon temperatures will be around 6 or 7 degrees. Only Zeeland may reach 8 degrees