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.
Fog is causing visibility problems in the Netherlands' southern promises on Wednesday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning. Eindhoven Airport warns that the fog may cause some flight delays.
The airport's site shows a handful of delayed arrivals and departures, but so far none of the delays are longer than 30 minutes.
Fog is reducing visibility to less than 200 meters in large parts of the Netherlands on Monday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Road users are advised to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.
The warning is in place for the provinces of Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Utrecht and Gelderland. The fog should dissipate by around 9:00 a.m.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire Netherlands, except the Wadden Islands. Commuters are warned to be careful of icy roads and thick fog during morning rush hour.
Areas that had rain overnight will have a good chance of icy and slippery roads. "All traffic participants can be hindered by this. Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warned.
In the northeastern and central parts of the country fog can reduce visibility to less tan 200 meters. Motorists are advised to adjust their speed and keep a safe following distance.
The first_snow of the season fell in Heerlen and Kerkrade, among others, at around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, according to Weeronline. As the snow was combined with rain, it didn't turn the landscape white and did not cause icy road problems. No more snow is expected in the coming days.
The last time snow fell in the Netherlands was on May 4th in Limburg. Last year the first snowfall of the season happened on November 20th in Emmen and Terr Apel.
Limburg residents may well see the first snowfall of the season on Friday, according to Buienradar. And while it is wet snow that is expected - half snow, half water - the Limburg landscape may turn white for a while during the early morning, Buienradar meteorologist Marc de Jong said to RTL Nieuws.
So-called wet snow occurs when the upper part of the air column between a cloud and the ground is very cold, around -30 degrees, while the lower part of that column is still above 0 degrees. "Then the snow falls melting to earth", De Jong explained.
Monday evening could prove to be disappointing for kids planning on singing door-to-door in an effort to get candy during the Sint Maarten celebration. Rain was already carpeting much of the country's eastern and northern regions, with more rain expected to drop 5 p.m. to midnight from the coast on through to the German and Belgian borders.
The roads across the Netherlands were jammed up more than usual just before the Tuesday morning rush hour was underway. There were local reports of fog in several parts of the country, as well as rain and scattered showers in several provinces.
A rough rush hour was likely on the roads both Tuesday morning and at the end of the workday, according to infrastructure agency Rijkswaterstaat.
NS made changes to its policy for regional timetable adjustments so that it can be more flexible in dealing with local snowfall. This should mean a reduction in train cancellations on snowy days, the rail company pledged in comments to the Telegraaf.
Previously, changes to regional timetables had to be made at least 12 hours in advance and applied to a whole section of a day. Now changes must be made at least four hours an advance, and apply for at least two hours.
On Thursday morning the temperature at the national weather station in De Bilt dropped to -0.1 degrees Celsius, making today the first official below freezing day of the autumn, Weerplaza reports. This year's first official below freezing day is a bit early - usually temperatures drop below zero for the first time around November 3rd.
Fog and slippery roads are causing havoc with traffic in the Netherlands on Tuesday morning. At 8:00 a.m. there were 157 traffic jams on Dutch roads, covering 728 kilometers, according to travelers' association ANWB.
An accident on the A2 near the Oudenrijn junction got the morning off to a troublesome start, tying up traffic between Den Bosch and Utrecht, according to ANWB. The left lane had been closed and was reopened by 6:30 a.m., but there was still heavy traffic in north- and southbound lanes 90 minutes later.
At 3:40 p.m. on Thursday, temperatures climbed to 19.5 degrees at the weather station in De Bilt, making it the warmest October 24th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901, Weeronline reports. The previous record of 19.4 degrees was set in 1995.
This is the 14th heat record so far this year, compared to only one cold record on October 6th. Last year, which was extremely hot, also had 14 heat records, but three cold records. According to the weather service, it's because of global warming that so many more heat records than cold records are broken.
The last half of this week will be considerably warmer than what is usual for this time of year, according to Weeronline. Many places in the south of the country will see maximums climb to 20 degrees on Thursday, while high temperatures are usually around 13 degrees late in October.
In addition to being reasonably warm, Wednesday and Thursday will also be mostly dry with regular sunshine. Afternoon temperatures on Wednesday will range between 15 and 17 degrees in large parts of the country. Noord-Brabant and Limburg may already see thermometers climb to 19 degrees.
The weather in the Netherlands will have two faces this weekend, according to Weeronline. Friday will by stormy with strong winds - KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Saturday will be dreary and rainy. But Sunday will be largely dry with long periods of sunshine. Maximum temperatures throughout the weekend will hover around 14 degrees Celsius.
After a cold and gloomy week, the Netherlands can look forward to some higher temperatures this weekend. Saturday will still be gray and rainy, but Sunday sees a chance of some sunshine and temperatures up to 23 degrees, according to Weeronline.
Afternoon temperatures on Thursday will range between 14 degrees on the Wadden and in the northeast of the country to 16 degrees in the south. It will be cloudy, but the sun may peek through in some places. There will be a few showers throughout the evening and night, mainly in the north and northwest of the country.
Sunday was the coldest October 6th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901. The maximum at the national weather station in De Bilt climbed to only 9.6 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record of 10.1 degrees dating from 1936, Weeronline reports.
The remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo are expected to make landfall in the Netherlands on Friday, possibly dumping rain across much of the country. The storm gathered strength growing to a Category 5 storm, before approaching the Azores as a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of about 150 kilometers per hour.
From there, it is expected to reach Ireland on Thursday and the Netherlands on Friday, according to weather website Weerplaza. The country could be subjected to over 10 millimeters of precipitation with winds of about 50 km/h.
This weekend will be warm and predominantly sunny in the Netherlands. Maximums up to 26 degrees are expected on Sunday, according to Weeronline.
Friday will already see warm autumn weather in the south of the country, with thermometers climbing to 20 degrees in many places. The north will still be cloudy and a few degrees colder.
The first frost of the autumn happened in four places at once this year. Minimums dropped below zero in Gilze-Rijen, Eindhoven, Maastricht and Twente overnight. "With that the first ground frost after the summer is a fact", Weeronline reports.
The lowest temperature was measured at the weather station in Gilze-Rijen at -0.9 degrees. Minimums dropped to -0.4 degrees Celsius in Eindhoven and Maastricht, and in Twente the lowest temp of the night measured at -0.1 degrees.
The Netherlands can look forward to at least one more warm weekend before the winter weather hits. This coming weekend will be sunny and mostly dry, with maximums up to 27 degrees expected on Saturday and Sunday, according to Weerplaza.
The warm weather is thanks to a high pressure area currently above the British Isles. From Thursday the high pressure area will start moving towards Eastern Europe, and a south wind will blow warm air from Spain into the Netherlands.