For the second year in a row, the precipitation deficit in Achterhoek and Twente reached the same level as in late July 1976 - the driest year ever in the Netherlands, the Union of Waterboards reported on Wednesday. "This region has had a hard time for two consecutive year", said Hein Pieper of waterboard Rijn en IJssel and vice-president of the Association of Waterboards, NU.nl reports.
The heat wave in the Netherlands last week resulted in a sharp increase in the number of calls to Dutch water rescue society KNRM. Volunteers were deployed on 160 calls for rescue operations or assistance last week, more than triple what is usual, KNRM spokesperson Kees Brinkman said to NOS.
After a week of record breaking heat, the Netherlands can look forward to more normal summer weather in the coming days. The official heat wave ended on Sunday, though regional heat waves in the east of the country will likely continue until Tuesday, according to Weeronline.
NS is running fewer intercity trains on Friday due to the heat. Prolonged exposure to the high temperatures means that trains need to be serviced more often, and that the maintenance takes longer to perform, a spokesperson for the Dutch rail company said to AD.
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.
For the first time in the country's recorded weather history, temperatures in the Netherlands climbed higher than 40 degrees again setting a new heat record on Thursday. A weather station at the Gilze-Rijen Air Base hit 40.4 degrees at 2:54 p.m, where the country's record was broken with a 39.4 degree reading at 2:40 p.m., and 39.6 degrees 10 minutes later.
NS is running fewer trains on three busy routes - the high speed line between Amsterdam, Schiphol and Rotterdam, between Amsterdam and Eindhoven, and between Eindhoven and Heerlen. The rail company is dealing with capacity problems because trains were exposed to the heat for a long time on Wednesday and therefore need extra maintenance on Thursday, an NS spokesperson said to AD.
Public health institute RIVM issued a "smog alarm" for Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, Limburg, Zeeland, Noord-Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht. The air quality in parts of these provinces will be "very poor" this afternoon and early evening due to the formation of ozone in the air, the institute warns, ANP reports.
Today is officially the hottest July 25th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901. At 11:30 a.m. it was 31.8 degrees in De Bilt, breaking the previous record of 31.6 degrees from 2006, Weeronline reports. This is the 10th hottest day record broken so far this year.
Thursday will be another extremely hot day in the Netherlands. Maximums up to 40 degrees are expected, with some places maybe even seeing 41 degrees, according to Weerplaza. The chance is therefore good that the weather records that fell on Wednesday, will fall again today.
The night between Wednesday and Thursday was also very hot. Minimum temperatures ranged between 20 and 24 degrees. On Thursday the thermometers will climb quickly. Maximums will range between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius. There is also very little wind to cool things down.
Temperature readings in Eindhoven soared on Wednesday, hitting 39.3 degrees setting a new record for the hottest day ever recorded in the Netherlands. The old record was set in Warnsveld on August 23, 1944 with a temperature of 38.6 degrees.
More recently, the highest temperature for a July day in the Netherlands was previously measured in Maastricht on July 2, 2015 when the Limburg city sweated its way through a day topping out at 38.6 degrees.
The first weather record of the day has been broken. At 12:10 p.m. it was 36.1 degrees in Gilze Rijen, breaking the record for highest temperature ever measured in the Netherlands on July 24th. The previous record was 35.5 degrees, also measured in Gilze Rijen in 1994, Weeronline reports.
The Netherlands is currently experiencing high temperatures that can result in a heatwave throughout the country this week. The large municipalities are calling on residents to adhere to the National Heat Plan and keep an eye on vulnerable people during the heat of the day.
“A heat wave occurs when the temperature reaches 25 degrees for at least five consecutive days and at least 3 times 30 degrees are also measured within that series of days,” according to Weerplaza.
Tuesday was officially the hottest July 23rd ever measured in the Netherlands. The thermometer in De Bilt climbed to 31.6 degrees at 5:50 p.m., breaking the previous record from 2013 with 0.1 degree Celsius, Weerplaza reports. Wednesday will be even hotter. Temperatures will climb to 30 degrees across the country by 11:00 a.m. Limburg may even see maximums up to 39 degrees.
Amsterdam is a city of water, and it is therefore not surprising that swimming in natural waters is a favorite pass time for Amsterdam residents on hot days. With a week of extremely hot weather ahead for the Netherlands, here follows a list of five natural swimming spots in and around the Dutch capital, compiled by Het Parool.
The persistent heat in the Netherlands this week will trigger a code orange weather warning by this afternoon, Weerplaza expects. Public health institute RIVM implemented the National Heath Plan for the entire country.
With extremely hot weather expected in the coming days, rail manager ProRail and public works department Rijkswaterstaat are taking extra measures to ensure that traffic flows as smoothly as possible. Temperatures above 35 degrees are expected, which can cause problems on both the road and the tracks. A number of events are also taking measures, NOS and NU.nl report.
Tuesday will be sunny and hot with temperatures rising to tropical heights. The sun will shine all day Tuesday. And afternoon temperatures will range between 30 and 33 degrees Celsius, according to Weerplaza.
A light to moderate wind from the south will not do much for cooling down. The coast will be somewhat cooler than inland, due to colder sea winds.
Wednesday and Thursday will also be very sunny and hot. Temperatures may even climb to 40 degrees in some places in the south of the country on Thursday.
The Netherlands can look forward to a week full of sunshine and high temperatures. Maximums will reach well above 30 degrees every day from Tuesday, Weeronline expects. The week will be dry and sunny, with little to no rain on the horizon.
The Netherlands can look forward to real summers weather next week, with high temperatures and little chance of rain. There is even a good chance of a regional heatwave in the southeast of the country, according to Weeronline.
Maximums next week will range between 25 and 30 degrees. The southeast may even see temperatures climb to 34 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday. The chance of rain and thunderstorms is very small, according to the weather service.
An irrigation ban is in effect in the Achterhoek, Twente and parts of Drenthe from noon on Thursday. From then farmers in these areas are not allowed to use surface water for watering their fields, waterboards Rijn en Ijssel and Vechtstroom announced on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.
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.