This week is starting out rainy for the Netherlands and that could mean a busy rush hour on Monday morning, Weerplaza expects. The weather service expects between 200 and 400 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads. Train traffic may also suffer under the weather, though indirectly through leafs falling on the track.
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.
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.
Parts of the Randstad area got more rain on Wednesday than usually falls in the entire month of September. Between 40 and 70 millimeters of rain fell in Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland and Utrecht on Tuesday, according to Weeronline. Nieuwkoop got a massive 130 mm or rain.
Storms are heading to the southern and central parts of the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning.
The warning is in place for Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Gelderland, Utrecht, Noord-Brabant, and Zeeland from 3:00 p.m. until the evening.
"Chance of thunderstorms with lots of rain in a short time", the KNMI warns. "Traffic and outside activities may be hindered. Avoid open water and open areas, do not shelter under trees. Follow weather reports and warnings."
Maximum temperatures in De Bilt will not reach 20 degrees on Friday, bringing an end to a record long streak of nationally warm days in the Netherlands, according to Weerplaza.
A national warm day is when maximums reach at least 20 degrees at the national weather station in De Bilt. That has been the case everyday from June 25th till August 23rd - 60 consecutive warm days. The previous record was 53 warm days in 2003.
The rainfall over the past week was not enough to solve the precipitation deficit in the Netherlands, according to the national water distribution committee LCW. The drought measures will therefore remain in place. The quality of the surface water is also decreasing, NU.nl reports.
There's an increase of botulism and blue-green algae all over the country. The number of fish dying due to the poor water quality is also increasing.
Flooded streets and traffic problems were the result of heavy rains in the Netherlands on Monday afternoon and night. Oost-Brabant and the Nijmegen-Arnhem region were most affected. Between 20 and 40 millimeters of rain fell in a short period in the east and west of the country, AD reports.
A summer storm that blew across the Netherlands overnight was less severe than the weather services expected. Meteorological institute KNMI withdrew its code orange weather warning for very strong winds just after 11:30 p.m., earlier than expected, RTL Nieuws reports.
Tuesday will still be very hot in the Netherlands, but after Wednesday temperatures will drop to what is normal for August, according to Weerplaza. The weather service expects maximums of between 20 and 25 degrees later this week.
Maximums ranging between 30 and 37 degrees are expected for Tuesday. Cloud cover will increase from the afternoon, and there is a chance of showers or thunderstorms overnight.
This July was the driest ever since rainfall measurements started in the Netherlands. Only 11 millimeters of rain fell nation wide this month, breaking the previous record of 16 millimeters in July 1921, Weeronline reported on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the last day in July, there is a chance of some rain in the north and west of the country. At most another 1 millimeter of rain will fall. Weeronline therefore feels safe to say the record is broken.
After weeks of drought, parts of Zuid- and Midden-Nederland were hit by a rain storm on Thursday evening. One person was killed and one injured in Rotterdam when a tree fell on their car. In Gelderland thousands of homes were without power for a few hours. And Roosendaal was hit by a whirlwind, NOS and AD report.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, Gelderland and Utrecht on Thursday night. The service predicted thunderstorms, with gusts up to 70 kilometers per hour and hailstones up to 2 centimeters.
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.
The Netherlands can expect more dry weather in the coming days. Until the end of next week there will be no, or hardly any, rain, according to meteorological institute KNMI. After that there is a chance of rain, but not enough to end the drought.
There is a very good chance that this June may be the driest one for the Netherlands in a long time, possibly even since weather measurements started in 1901, according to weather services Weeronline and Weerplaza.
Especially the middle, west and southwest parts of the country are experiencing record drought, despite some rainfall over the past days. The biggest rain shortages are in Twente, the Achterhoek, the northern parts of the Veluwe and parts of Noord-Limburg.
Emergency services evacuated 11 homes in the Rotterdam district of Kralingen-West on Wednesday night. Earlier that evening a water pipe broke on Oudedijk, flooding the the homes' cellars and foundations and prompting concerns that the homes may be unstable, RTL Nieuws reports.
Thunderstorms that drew across the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon and evening caused flooding in many parts of the country, especially in the Rotterdam region. The storms prompted meteorological institute KNMI to issue a code orange weather warning - dangerous weather - for the entire country except the Wadden islands.
While the Netherlands can expect more rain and thunderstorms over the coming days, the weather should clear up to sunshine by the weekend, according to Buienradar.
The south of the country saw a lot of rain on Tuesday, and the showers will keep falling for the rest of the week. "But that drizzly weather is slowing pulling away through the south", Jennifer Faber of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. "There is not a lot of wind, so that's why the showers sometimes stay above a place for a long time."
Storms caused flooding in large parts of the Netherlands on Sunday night and during the early hours of Monday morning. The worst of the storms are currently leaving the Netherlands through the north, according to RTL Nieuws.
The fire department in Zuid-Holland had their hands full with reports of flooded houses and cellars, caused by heavy rains during the early hours of Wednesday morning, ANP reports.
Alblasserwaard, with villages such as Alblasserdam and Molenaarsgraaf, in particular had many problems, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Zuid-Holland-Zuid said to ANP. The control room in nearby Hoeksche Waard also received many calls.
There's a good chance that sand from the Sahara desert will fall on the Netherlands together with rain showers on Monday afternoon and evening, various weather services expect.
A large cloud of sand blew over Europe this past weekend, and is currently hanging above the Netherlands. As long as it remains dry, the presence of the desert sand is only noticeable in unusually colorful sunrises and sunsets, according to Weeronline. But if it starts raining, people in the Netherlands may notice a layer of sand on their cars and garden furniture.
The Netherlands will have fair weather for a large part of Easter weekend, Weeronline expects. There is a good chance of sunshine every day of the long weekend, but also a chance of showers.
After a wet Wednesday, the weather will clear up for Easter weekend, the weather service reports. Friday morning is expected to be mostly sunny, with some showers in the afternoon. Maximum temperatures will range between 8 degrees on the Wadden and 13 degrees in the south.
Winter showers and snow falling over night, combined with low temperatures, mean that the roads may be treacherously icy this morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire Netherlands.
Motorists are warned to drive carefully this morning. "Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI says. Slow down and keep a safe following distance. "Follow weather reports and warnings." The iciness is expected to melt away by noon.
This week promises to be windy, rainy and stormy, according to weather service Weeronline. With strong winds starting on Monday afternoon, wind and rain expected for Tuesday, and maybe some snow expected for Wednesday, the stormy weather will climax with a big storm on Thursday.
There's an about 80 percent chance that there will be a storm somewhere along the Dutch coast on Monday afternoon, according to Weeronline. A rainy area will cross the country during the afternoon, which could cause extra traffic during evening rush hour.