While perhaps more commonly known for floods than droughts, The Netherlands is allocating seven million euros to combat excessively dry seasons in the country. The money will be used to build larger water reservoirs in sandy areas, to monitor levels of evaporation, and to reduce the impact of salinization on drinking water production, the government announced on Friday.
The consequences of last year's dry summer are still noticeable in large parts of the Netherlands. The average precipitation deficit in the country is currently at 65 millimeters, while there is usually a surplus of around 200 millimeters on March 31st, Weeronline reports.
Friday started out foggy, but by the afternoon there should be sunshine throughout the Netherlands. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for a large part of the country, warning that visibility may be reduced to 200 meters in some areas.
The warning is in effect for al provinces except Drenthe, Friesland, Groningen and the Wadden Islands. The fog should dissipate by 10:00 a.m. "Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. Adjust speed and keep a safe following distance", the KNMI warns.
The current windy and rainy weather will give way to sunshine and spring-like temperatures next week, according to Weerplaza. But first there are still a few days of stormy weather to contend with. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for strong winds for the entire country.
Rain combined with strong winds resulted in traffic jams being "a lot longer than usual" during rush hour on Monday morning, according to the ANWB. The weather is also affecting air traffic. KLM canceled 67 flights on Monday. And both the airline and Schiphol warn travelers to take delays into account.
With an average wind speed of 9 on the Beaufort scale in Vlissingen, the first official spring storm of the year became a fact on Sunday. Local safety offices in Noord-Brabant and Zeeland received dozens of damage reports. In Limburg train traffic was halted because of fallen trees on the tracks. And Eindhoven Airport had to temporarily keep all flights on the ground.
The coastal provinces in the Netherlands can expect strong winds on Thursday afternoon and evening, with gusts between 75 and 90 kilometers per hour. National meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning.
The warning is in effect starting from 3:00 p.m. In the west the wind should die down during the course of the evening, according to the KNMI. The Wadden area can expect strong gusts until early Friday morning. "Traffic and outside activities may be hindered. Follow weather reports and warnings', the KNMI advises.
Strong winds had a major impact on air traffic at Schiphol Airport on Monday. Over a hundred flights were canceled, and hundreds more were delayed.
Strong winds are blowing in the Netherlands on Monday morning, with gusts up to 90 kilometers per hour inland and 100 kilometers per hour along the coast. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country. The winds are already causing problems in all forms of traffic.
A large part of the Netherlands is covered in snow on Friday. It is expected to melt away quickly, but will likely still cause problems during the morning commute. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for icy roads, applicable to the entire country. And NS is running fewer trains.
Motorists across the country are warned to be careful of icy and slick roads during rush hour on Thursday morning. In Zeeland and Noord-Brabant thick fog may also reduce visibility to less than 200 meters. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning.
Light snow or wet snow is still falling in some areas in the west and north of the country. According to the KNMI, around 2 centimeters of snow will fall before the winter showers leave the country. Due to the snow, there is a chance of icy and slick roads.
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.
The Netherlands is getting snow on Wednesday and that will have consequences for all forms of traffic. NS is running fewer trains. Schiphol expects flight delays and cancelations. And ANWB expects busier than usual rush hours in the morning and evening. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country.
Dutch national railway NS will run a reduced schedule on Wednesday morning with forecasted snow expected to fall across much of the country. Up to 3 centimeters of snow is expected across much of the Netherlands.
The limited train schedule is in place so the NS can quickly respond to problems, and provide more accurate travel information, the railway said. Passengers can expect longer travel times and more crowded trains.
Motorists in the Netherlands are warned to take extra care when commuting to work this morning. The roads may be icy and slick due to wet parts freezing overnight. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country, except for the Wadden islands.
"Chance of slickness. All traffic participants may be hindered. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI warns. The code yellow warning is in effect until 11:00 a.m. By then the iciness should have melted away.
The Netherlands has a freezing cold night behind it, and another one on the way. Places that got a lot of snow on Tuesday saw minimums drop to below -10 degrees on Wednesday night, according to Weerplaza. The same can be expected on Thursday night.
While the snowfall may be over for most of the Netherlands, roads throughout the country can still be slick due to wet areas freezing overnight and leftover snow. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country.
The code yellow warning is in effect until at least noon. By then most of the iciness on the roads should have melted away, the KNMI expects.
The Rotterdam The Hague Airport is temporarily closed on Tuesday due to snowfall. The fire department is at the airport to clear snow off the runways, but did not have much success, a spokesperson said to RTV Rijnmond. The airport will assess the situation again after 2:00 p.m. and decide whether it can reopen.
At least one incoming flight was redirected to Schiphol due to the closure, according to the broadcaster. A few departing flights have been delayed
The first snow of the season started falling in Vlissingen around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. "Nicely according to the plans", Weerplaza said. Meteorological institute KNMI expects that around 3 centimeters of snow will fall in the Netherlands on Tuesday, and issued a code yellow warning of icy roads.
The Netherlands is expected to get some snow this morning, and this will likely cause problems with all forms of travel. NS and ProRail are running fewer trains, Schiphol warns of flight delays, and public works department Rijkswaterstaat expects traffic problems, especially during evening rush hour. A code yellow warning for slick roads is in effect for the entire country.
Motorists in the Netherlands are warned to be careful of slick roads when commuting to work on Monday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country. "All traffic participants can be hindered. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", KNMI warns.
Temperatures dropped to between -5 degrees along the coast and -10 degrees inland overnight, freezing wet areas on the roads. The iciness should melt away by 11:00 a.m., according to the meteorological institute.
Commuters in the Netherlands must be extra careful when driving to work on Friday morning. The roads can be icy due to wet areas freezing overnight, and due to winter showers in the northern and northeastern parts of the country, meteorological institute KNMI warns.
A code yellow warning is in effect for the entire country, except the Wadden Islands, until 10:00 a.m. "All road users may be affected. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI warns.
The Netherlands is in for cold weather in the coming week, with night time temperatures dropping below zero and maximums climbing to only just above freezing. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for icy roads, starting from Thursday evening.
Thursday will be partly cloudy with winter showers, which may be accompanied by thunderstorms, according to the KNMI. In the afternoon there is a chance of wet snow. Between the showers, maximums will climb to around 5 degrees. During the showers, the temperature can drop to 1 degree Celsius.
Waterboards in the northern parts of the country have started closing dikes as a stormy wind blows across the Netherlands on Tuesday. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for a large part of the country. The strong winds warning is in effect until at least 9:00 p.m.