With summer-high temperatures expected in the Netherlands today and tomorrow, many Dutch may be tempted into the water. Be very careful when going swimming, the Rescue Brigade warns. The weather may be warm, but the water is still very cold.
The Netherlands can look forward to a sunny and warm period starting from Tuesday. Temperatures will climb above 25 degrees from Wednesday, reaching as high as 28 degrees in some places on Thursday, Weeronline expects.
The Netherlands can look forward to warm and sunny weather next week. Some places may even see the first summer day of the year on Wednesday, with maximum temperatures above 25 degrees, Buienradar expects.
"The barbecue can be turned on and summer clothes taken out", Nicolien Kroon of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. "We can almost call it summer, with temperatures rising to locally 25 degrees in the interior from Wednesday! The sun shines brightly, so it's perfect weather to be outside."
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.
Traffic jams in the Netherlands increased sharply in the first three months of 2018, travelers association ANWB announced on Wednesday. Traffic jam severity - the length of the traffic jam multiplied by its duration - increased by over 25 percent, NU.nl reports.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for thunderstorms in the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Storms accompanied by strong winds and hail are expected to cause traffic problems during evening rush hour.
The code yellow warning is in effect for the entire country, starting on the west coast from 4:00 p.m. The storms are expected to leave through the north east of the country around midnight.
After a chilly and wet Easter weekend, the Netherlands can look forward to some spring-like weather. Temperatures will start rising from Tuesday, and are expected to reach as high as 20 degrees by the weekend, Weerplaza reports.
Maximum temperatures around 10 degrees and showers are expected for Monday. On Tuesday temperatures will rise to 17 degrees, but both Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be rainy.
With many Dutch going away for the Easter weekend, and thousands of foreign tourists heading to the Netherlands, many traffic problems are expected starting around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, according to public works department Rijkswaterstaat.
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.
Thick fog is expected to cause problems during morning rush hour in almost all of the Netherlands on Monday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning. According to Weerplaza, visibility is reduced to 50 meters in some places.
Despite the fact that the first peewit egg was found on Wednesday, spring is not quite here yet. The Netherlands is in for an icy cold weekend, with even some snow expected, according to Weeronline.
Thick fog can reduce visibility on the roads on Wednesday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for a large part of the Netherlands.
Visibility may be reduced to less than 100 meters in some places. From 8:00 a.m. onwards the fog should start dissipating. Only Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, and Zeeland are not affected by the weather warning.
Despite pleasantly warm weather this past weekend, spring has not yet arrived in the Netherlands. A cold weekend is ahead for the country. Meteorological institute KNMI expects minimum temperatures around -3 degrees on Friday night.
From Friday cold air from the Arctic region will blow into the Netherlands, according to Weerplaza. Rainfall starting on Friday night will gradually turn into snow. Maximum temperatures for Saturday will hover around freezing, KNMI expects.
From winter to spring in one week. This past Saturday skating enthusiasts across the Netherlands had a ball on natural ice. And tomorrow is expected to be the warmest day of the year yet, according to Weeronline.
Afternoon temperatures will range from 12 degrees in the north, to 15 degrees in the Randstad, and even as high as 17 degrees in Limburg on Saturday, according to the weather service. The morning will be cloudy with some showers. During the afternoon, most of the rain will move northeast out of the country and there may be some periods of sunshine.
The weather is still icy cold in the Netherlands. Meteorological institute KNMI issued two code yellow warnings, one for slippery roads and one for ambient temperatures below -15 degrees Celsius.
The icy roads warning is in effect for all provinces except the northern ones. "Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warns motorists. Drive slowly and keep a safe following distance. "Follow weather reports and warnings."
Technicians of Dutch drinking water companies have their hands full today. The icy weather resulted in water pipes and water meters freezing in hundreds of places across the Netherlands, AD reports.
The phones at Vitens, the largest drinking water company in the Netherlands, are ringing non stop, a spokesperson said to the newspaper. "By 11:15 this morning we already received 579 phone calls, considerably more than usual. The icy east wind in combination with the frost causes a lot of damage."
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.
Transit company Arriva closed the toilets on its trains to prevent poop and urine freezing in the collection system in the extremely cold weather the Netherlands is currently experiencing. Stickers on the toilets inform passengers that they cannot be used, NOS reports.
Closing the toilets is a precaution, an Arriva spokesperson said to the broadcaster. "It is really extremely cold for our country. So we are preventing damage and the trains having to be taken out of service." Arriva expects this measure will be in effect until Saturday.
Motorists throughout the Netherlands are warned to be careful of icy roads caused by light snowfall on Wednesday morning. And dress warmly, because this morning will be very cold. Meteorological institute KNMI issued code yellow warnings for all provinces.
"Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warns motorists. Drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.
Just two days before the start of meteorological spring, temperatures in the Netherlands dropped to below -10 degrees for the first time this winter. A minimum of -10.1 was measured in Eindhoven overnight, Weeronline and Weerplaza report.
Temperatures below -10 degrees Celsius are considered severe frost. Leeuwarden and Enschede also came close to the severe frost line, with overnight temperatures of -9.5 and -9.6 respectively, according to Weerplaza.
Tuesday will be another icy cold day in the Netherlands, according to Weeronline. Maximum temperatures will hover around freezing, but a strong wind will make it feel much colder, the weather service warns.
With icy weather in the Netherlands this week, the Dutch fire department issued a statement warning skating enthusiasts to be extra careful when deciding whether or not to take on the natural ice.
"Often there is skating where nobody knows how thick the ice is", the fire department warns. "Are you in doubt? Don't take any risks. If you do skate, make sure you have good safety equipment. Then the fire department doesn't have to respond for you."
There is not yet enough ice in the Amsterdam canals to close them to boating traffic, Waternet announced on Monday. The canal manager will check again on Tuesday whether measures can be taken to make sure that skaters can skate on the canals.
Waternet also checked every day over the weekend whether there was enough ice on the canals. On Sunday a spokesperson told the Telegraaf that "there is already ice here and there".
Morning rush hour was particularly chaotic in Limburg on Monday, with snow causing numerous traffic problems. A 2 centimeter layer of snow caused traffic jams on the highways and inland roads in the province south of Sittard, according to traffic services ANWB and VID, NU.nl reports.