Sunday was the coldest October 6th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901. The maximum at the national weather station in De Bilt climbed to only 9.6 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record of 10.1 degrees dating from 1936, Weeronline reports.
Summer seems to have temporarily fled the Netherlands. Where last week saw record high temperatures, residents of Eastern Netherlands woke up to a frost covered landscape on Thursday. At the former air base in Twente, a minimum of -1.6 degrees Celsius was measured - a record low for July, according to Weerplaza.
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.
Meteorological spring kicks off in the Netherlands on Thursday with a code yellow warning for extreme cold. Low temperatures combined with a strong wind create ambient temperatures below -15 degrees Celsius across the country, meteorological institute KNMI warns.
Motorists in the north of the country, especially on the Wadden islands, should also be careful of slippery roads caused by snow that hasn't melted away yet. "Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warns.
After a mild start to April, it seems the Netherlands has been dropped back into winter. Tuesday night brought frost to large parts of the country, and many places across the Netherlands measured the coldest temperatures in decades, according to Weerplaza.
With a maximum temperature of 4,3 degrees Celsius and a thin layer of snow in some places, this years Easter is colder than last Christmas, when temperatures were around 10 degrees above zero. Nevertheless, the ‘cold record’ of 1964’ Easter wasn’t broken. For that, Weather station De Bilt should have measured temperatures below 3,9 degrees.