Rain combined with a cold night mean that the roads in the Netherlands may be icy on Friday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country, except the Wadden Islands, advising road users to be careful and adjust their driving behavior accordingly.
February 2020 was the wettest February in Dutch history. An average of 142 millimeters of rain fell across the country, while 55 millimeters is normal for the Netherlands in February, according to Weeronline. The month was also exceptionally mild, going into the books as the second warmest February since temperature measurements started in 1901.
The storm winds that rocked the Netherlands on Saturday also resulted in the most ever wind power generated in the country - an average of 4 gigawatts of wind power was generated, compared to the usual 1.2 gigawatts. Over 30 percent of all electricity generated in the country on Saturday, was generated by wind turbines - a record, RTL Nieuws reports based on figures from energieopwek.nl.
Wednesday started out with showers all across the Netherlands, ranging from possible hail along the coast to snow in the south and east of the country. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for Noord-Brabant, Limburg, Gelderland and Overijssel, warning motorists against icy roads.
"Chance of slipperiness. All traffic may be hindered. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings," KNMI warned.
The provinces of Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland and Zeeland can expect strong winds with gusts up to 90 kilometers per hour on Monday afternoon, according to a code yellow weather warning issued by meteorological institute KNMI. The rest of the country can also expect a blustery day, with showers forecast for the afternoon.
A windy Thursday morning is set to turn into a very blustery afternoon and evening, with meteorological institute KNMI issuing a Code Yellow warning covering the entire country. The strong winds are expected to continue off-and-on throughout the weekend - the third consecutive stormy weekend for the Netherlands as storms Ellen and Francis are looming.
Strong winds will hit the Netherlands around noon on Monday. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country except the Wadden Islands, warning of gusts reaching up to 85 kilometers per hour.
The code yellow warning first takes effect in the coastal provinces at 11:00 a.m., spreading inland around noon and 1:00 p.m. The winds are expected to die down again during the late afternoon. "Traffic and outside activities may be hindered. Follow weather reports and warnings," KNMI warns.
Storm Dennis is on its way and expected to hit the Netherlands during the early hours on Sunday morning, followed by a stormy day with unseasonably mild temperatures, according to Weeronline. Dennis will bring strong winds with it, with gusts up to 110 kilometers per hour. Maximum temperatures on Sunday are expected to range between 14 and 17 degrees.
The strongest winds brought by Dennis are expected during the early hours of Sunday morning, though the rest of the morning and around noon will also be windy. The day will be predominantly cloudy, with showers expected.
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.
Public works department Rijkswaterstaat expects that rain will cause problems on the roads during rush hour on Monday evening. NS is still dealing with a number of problems caused by winter storm Ciara on Sunday, so train travelers can also expect a busy commute.
"Traffic jams can be somewhat longer than normal, because rain calls for adjusted driving behavior," Rijkswaterstaat said on Monday afternoon. "We expect a busy rush hour in the evening."
The last bits of winter storm Ciara is still affecting all types of traffic in the Netherlands. Hundreds of flights are canceled at Schiphol for Monday. NS reports a dozen problems on the tracks. And ANWB and Rijkswaterstaat warn of a very busy morning rush hour on the road. Commuters are advised to keep an eye on weather reports and travel planners.
Meteorological institute KNMI still has a code yellow weather warning in place for the whole country, warning of strong winds with gusts up to 100 kilometers per hour. The wind is expected to die down by late morning.
The Netherlands was placed on high alert with winter storm Ciara set to bring very high winds and heavy showers to the country on Sunday and Monday. The entire country faces a series of Code Yellow and Code Orange weather alerts throughout the day, as wind gusts could reach up to 120 kilometers per hour.
An impending winter storm on Sunday prompted Dutch football association KNVB to suspend all matches that day. Four matches in the top level Eredivisie will be rescheduled, as well as the country's full slate of amateur football matches, the KNVB said on Saturday.
The Eredivisie matches include FC Utrecht vs. Ajax, AZ vs. Feyenoord, Sparta Rotterdam vs. ADO Den Haag, and FC Emmen vs. FC Twente.
A sunny Friday will give way to an increasingly cloudy Saturday in the run-up to the first storm of the year to hit the Netherlands on Sunday, according to Weeronline. Winter storm Ciara will bring strong winds with gusts up to 140 kilometers per hour, rain and lightning with it, the weather service expects.
Road users in large parts of the Netherlands are warned to be careful of icy roads on Monday morning. Thick fog may also reduce visibility and hinder traffic, especially in Limburg and Noord-Brabant. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Travelers' association ANWB expects morning rush hour to be busier than usual.
The ice on the roads is expected to melt away through the course of the morning. The fog should also dissipate by mid-morning, according to the KNMI. Motorists are advised to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.
Extremely thick fog that caused many problems on Dutch roads throughout New Year's Eve is still present in large parts of the Netherlands. Meteorological institute KNMI currently has a code yellow warning in place for the entire country except Zeeland, warning that visibility may be reduced to less than 200 meters in some places.
"Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility," KNMI warned. Road users are advised to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance. "Follow weather reports and warnings."
Dense, often extremely thick fog was cutting visibility in the northern Netherlands below ten meters, prompting the country's meteorologists to issue a Code Red weather alert. The red alert, the most extreme issued by weather agency KNMI, was issued just before 11:30 p.m. for the provinces of Drenthe, Groningen and Friesland, with no predicted end to the alarm.
Fields of clouds entered the Netherlands overnight and they will persist throughout the day, though there is a chance of the sun breaking through. This evening may be foggy, which can hinder the New Year's fireworks, but no rain is expected, according to Weerplaza.
Afternoon temperatures will range between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius. The north and center of the country have the biggest chance of sunshine.
Evening temperatures will drop to between freezing and 3 degrees. Light night frost may occur inland and fog banks are expected to appear throughout the country.
Christmas morning started with scattered showers here and there in the Netherlands, but the gloomy weather will not last long. The clouds will give way as the day progresses, and sunshine is expected throughout the country later in the day, according to Weeronline.
Sunshine does not mean warm temperatures, however. Maximums will climb to between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius.
The cloud cover will be back on Thursday, with a chance of showers in the southwest spreading through the country by evening. Maximums will be around 7 degrees.
The weather this week will not necessarily be the most pleasant for those celebrating the Christmas holiday, but it is unlikely to break any Dutch records. The temperature is expected to hit a high of nine degrees, and a low of six degrees, in the middle of the country, with a moderate breeze from the west, according to meteorological agency KNMI.
Over the last 118 years, the record high is 14 degrees, set in 2015, and the record low is -3.9 degrees, set in 1961. The average high for Christmas Day is normally 5.7 degrees, with a low of 0.8 degrees.
Flight traffic at Eindhoven Airport started up early Thursday afternoon after thick fog and poor visibility kept planes grounded throughout the morning. A large number of flights are reported as delayed on Schiphol's site.