With winter storm Ciara just behind us, and strong winds still blowing along the coast, the next storm is already on the horizon. This coming weekend will again be very windy, according to Buienradar. "There is a big chance of very strong gusts on Sunday. We may have to deal with storm Dennis," meteorologist Maurice Middendorp said to RTL Nieuws.
The moon will fall in the shadow of the earth on Friday night, resulting in an almost complete eclipse that will be visible in the Netherlands. "And it will be clear tomorrow night, so it will be very easy to see," Buineradar meteorologist Maurice Middendorp said to RTL Nieuws.
"92 percent of the moon will end up in the shadow of the earth," Middendorp said. The moon will look darker than usual, with a bright sickle. "That is the 8 percent that's not in the shadow of the earth."
The eclipse will start at 6:06 p.m. on Friday, peak at 8:11 p.m. and be over at 10:15 p.m.
The alpha monocerotides will be passing over the Netherlands tonight. The last time this rare meteor shower was spotted, was in 1995. The meteor shower will peak at around 5:48 a.m. on Friday. If the weather plays along, between 45 and 225 shooting stars per hour will be visible in the Dutch skies between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m., Buienradar meteorologist William Huizinga said to RTL Nieuws.
Limburg residents may well see the first snowfall of the season on Friday, according to Buienradar. And while it is wet snow that is expected - half snow, half water - the Limburg landscape may turn white for a while during the early morning, Buienradar meteorologist Marc de Jong said to RTL Nieuws.
So-called wet snow occurs when the upper part of the air column between a cloud and the ground is very cold, around -30 degrees, while the lower part of that column is still above 0 degrees. "Then the snow falls melting to earth", De Jong explained.
An official heatwave became a fact in the Netherlands even before the sun rose on Friday. At 2:50 a.m. temperatures in De Bilt measured 29.7 degrees, making Friday the fifth consecutive day with temperatures above 25 degrees, according to Weeronline.
The minimum temperature in De Bilt overnight was 22.9 degrees, making the night from Thursday to Friday the hottest night ever measured in the Netherlands, according to the weather service. The previous record was 22.4 degrees measured in De Bilt on July 27th last year.
If the weather cooperates, a partial lunar eclipse will be visible above the Netherlands on Tuesday night. People in the west of the country have the best chance of the clouds clearing in time to see the eclipse, while people in the east will likely be unlucky, Martin Dorrestein of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws.
Moonrise in the Netherlands will be at 9:48 p.m. By then the initial phase of the eclipse will have been going on for about an hour. The highlight will be at 11:30 p.m. At 2:20 a.m., the eclipse will be over and the moon will sine like normal again.
While the week is starting out chilly with occasional showers, the weather will turn more summery from Wednesday, Buienradar expects. Maximums will start climbing from Wednesday, reaching a summery 27 degrees Celsius by Friday. And while the clouds will not disappear completely, there will be more sunshine.
"It will not be radiantly sunny", meteorologist Arjan Willemse of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. "Cloud fields will keep coming, but it will certainly be a lot more summery than now."
This past week has not been all that summery in the Netherlands, and that does not look to be changing in the coming days. Friday will be wet and dreary, with heavy showers expected, Buineradar meteorologist Maurice Middendorp said to RTL Nieuws.
The northwest of the Netherlands already had their first taste of what is to come, with heavy showers on Thursday morning. On Friday it is the west of the country that will first see the rain, but the heaviest showers will fall to the east.
The eastern parts of the Netherlands woke up to a frost covered landscape on Wednesday morning, for the second time this month. The minimum dropped to -0.7 degrees in Twente. "That is quite exceptional", Nicolien Kroon of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws.
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.
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.
Bad news for people suffering from hay fever. Weather service Buienradar expects a high pollen count throughout the Netherlands this week. On a scale from one to 10, the pollen count will be around six and seven throughout the week.
The worst hay fever day this week will be Friday, with most of the country having a pollen count of 7. Tuesday and Wednesday will also be bad, especially in the south, east and central parts of the country. The coastal regions can expect a lower pollen count at around level 4.
While the weather has been wet, cold and gloomy over the past days, a change is heading for the Netherlands. The coming days will be sunnier and dryer, and temperatures may even climb to 20 degrees late next week, according to Buienradar.
Bad news for those hoping that the winter weather ended with a cold King's Day. The weather expected for Remembrance Day and Liberation Day does not look much better. It will definitely be cold, and there is even a chance of hail and snow on Saturday, meteorologist William Huizinga of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws.
Sunday was the first official spring day of the year in the Netherlands. That means that temperatures climbed to above 15 degrees at the KNMI weather station in De Bilt. The south of the country even saw temperatures above 18 degrees Celsius. The Netherlands can look forward to more spring like weather this week.
On average the first official spring day is only on March 16th. The usual temperatures for early February is around 5 or 6 degrees, Nicolien Kroon of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. The earliest official spring day on record was on January 13th, 1993.
After a cloudy and wet weekend, the Netherlands can look forward to some spring weather later this week, according to Buienradar. Monday will be a transition day, with a few more showers. But from Monday afternoon the clouds will clear and the days will turn sunny, Brian Verhoeven of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws.
"Tuesday and Wednesday the weather will be calm, but we still have to deal with some humid air. You may still see some clouds", he said. But then there's a number of sunny days in the expectations. "We will need the sunglasses again. It's really nice weather."
A snow front is slowly moving across the Netherlands, and is expected to hover over much of the southern Netherlands by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The first snow already fell in the southern provinces, but it had caused few problems throughout the day. Some traffic problems are expected during evening rush hour, according to the ANWB, with about 175 kilometers of traffic jams reported by 4:30 p.m.
While the winter has been pretty mild so far, colder days are ahead, according to Buienradar. The coming nights will all drop below freezing, and there is even a chance of snow from Thursday, Dennis Wilt of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws.
"It's getting colder, with a few nights of frost in a row. And that will probably last for a while", Wilt said. "We'll get frost nationwide." There will also be some ice forming on the canals and lakes, but not thick enough to skate on, he added.
While the coming days will be colder, there will unfortunately be no snow on Christmas this year, according to Buienradar. The Christmas season will have cloudy, but dry weather with maximums around 6 or 7 degrees Celsius, RTL Nieuws reports.
Astronomical winter in the Netherlands started wet and windy on Friday. This afternoon will be drier in the south of the country, and the southern provinces may even get a glimpse of sunshine. The northern parts of the country can expect rain until the evening. Afternoon temperatures will be a very mild 12 degrees.
Over the coming days maximum temperatures will gradually drop to just above zero by the end of the week. There is even a small chance of snow by Sunday night, Buineradar weather woman Amara Onwuka said to RTL Nieuws. "The weather models do not yet agree with each other about the snow, but in any case it will get colder and it will certainly freeze at night."
This week will start out cold and gray in the Netherlands, but warmer weather is ahead. From Wednesday the weather will turn autumn-like. "It can be around 11 to 12 degrees on Thursday and Friday", Buienradar weatherman Arjan Willemse said to RTL Nieuws.
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."
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.