Multiple fires were caused by lightning strikes while thunderstorms raged across the Netherlands on Wednesday. No one was hurt in the fires. An 18-year-old student was struck by lightning at a military base in Ossendrecht. He was admitted to a burns center in Antwerp with burns and severe damage to his lungs, his school reported.
Wednesday will be dry and hot in most of the Netherlands, until the afternoon at least. During the afternoon and evening, thunderstorms with hail and strong winds will move happen the country. The southwest of the Netherlands may already see thunderstorms in the morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning.
This morning storms entered the southwest of the country from Belgium, bringing with them a chance of hail and wind gusts up to 60 kilometers per hour. The showers will lighten and stop during the course of the morning, according to the KNMI.
The past weeks of rain and storms seem to finally be giving way to more summery weather, according to Weeronline. From Father's Day on Sunday, the weather will turn increasingly sunny and warm, the weather service expects.
Friday will be warm but mostly cloudy, with maximums ranging between 20 and 26 degrees. There is a chance of some sunshine in the afternoon, but cloud cover will increase again by evening, bringing with them showers and maybe even a thunderstorm.
The Netherlands will face more thunderstorms during the course of Monday afternoon and evening. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country, warning that the storms may be accompanied by strong winds and hail.
Travelers' association ANWB expects busy roads in the Netherlands on Monday due to returning holiday makers, a number of events, and rainy weather. Traffic will start piling up around noon, according to the ANWB.
Many Dutch spent the Pentecost long weekend away. In the Netherlands, along the coast, the Wadden islands, and the Veluwe were popular destinations, according to RTL Nieuws. Germany, Belgium and France also drew many Dutch tourists for the holiday weekend.
Meteorological institute KNMI escalated its warning for thunderstorms set to hit the Netherlands this afternoon to code orange. "As the storm front crosses the country, it increases in intensity. That is why a code orange applies", the meteorological institute said.
Road users must take an extra busy evening rush hour into account on Friday afternoon, according to travelers' association ANWB. In addition to stormy weather set to hit the Netherlands in the afternoon, many people are also expected to hit the road to spend the Pentecost long weekend elsewhere.
More thunderstorms are approaching the Netherlands, expected to first hit the southwest of the country during the second half of the afternoon. Meteorological institute issued a code yellow warning for the entire country, warning of downpours, hail and strong winds.
The storms will move from southwest to northeast across the country. Gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour are expected. "Traffic and outside activities can be hindered. Avoid open water and open areas, do not shelter under trees. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI said.
The coming holiday weekend will see very changeable weather in the Netherlands, according to Weeronline. Starting with a hot and stormy Friday, the weather will shift to cooler temperatures and a mix of sunshine and rain on Saturday and Sunday, and then back to thunderstorms on Monday, the weather service expects.
Some 72,500 lightning flashes were counted in Dutch skies while thunderstorms moved across the country on Wednesday night and during the early hours of Thursday morning, according to Weeronline. The storms also brought with them heavy downpours and strong winds.
The showers started on Wednesday evening above the northern parts of France and then melted together into a large storm complex, according to the weather service. The storms reached the south of the Netherlands late in the evening and then moved across the country in a north to northwesterly direction.
A category F1 tornado hit the Gelderland town of Rheden on Tuesday, meteorologist of the weather institute in Wageningen concluded after going to investigate the a path of destruction of what was initially called a whirlwind, which was between four and five kilometers in length. More and more storm damage reports are coming in from across the country. Insurer Interpolis alone already received 230 damage reports, six times more than usual after a storm, a spokesperson said to AD.
After severe thunderstorms left a trail of damage across the Netherlands on Tuesday night, another area of thunderstorms is approaching the country. The first thunderstorms will hit the southernmost part of the Netherlands at around 11:00 p.m., and move across the country during the early hours of Thursday morning, according to Weeronline.
A code orange weather warning was issued on Tuesday afternoon affecting the south and southwest of the country. The warning is for severe thunderstorms and winds that were expected to gust at over 100 kilometers per hour, according to the national weather agency KNMI.
Hail and heavy rains were predicted throughout much of the country, which could also see lightning and heavy wind gusts.
While Tuesday is starting out dry and even sunny in some places, it will end with a bang. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for storms, which may be accompanied by large amounts of rain, strong winds and hail.
The code yellow weather warning applies to the entire country. The stormy weather will start in the south at around 7:00 p.m. and leave through the north of the country during the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Sunday was both the first national tropical day of the year for the Netherlands, and the hottest June 2nd ever measured in the country. Temperatures at the national weather station in De Bilt climbed to 30 degrees at around 4:00 p.m., breaking the previous record of 29.5 degrees dating from 1947, according to Weerplaza.
Many Dutch decided to make use of the warm weather by going to the beach, leading to many traffic jams. People heading to the beach quickly became stuck in traffic on the A20 towards Hoek van Holland and the N201 towards Zandvoort early on Sunday, NU.nl reports.
Some 25,000 daily visitors are expected to attend the Best Kept Secret festival at Beekse Bergen Safari Park, and festival organizers said it is no problem if ticket holders want to bring their own refillable water bottles. It is part of the festival’s plan to deal with temperatures likely to reach 31 degrees on Sunday.
June marks the start of summer for meteorologists, and this year summer will start off with a bang. The weekend will see ideal beach weather, with sunshine and high temperatures. Some places in southeast Netherlands may even see the first tropical day of the year on Sunday, with temperatures climbing to 30 degrees, Weerplaza expects.
The weather on Tuesday will be cloudy and wet throughout the Netherlands, according to Weerplaza. The roads are already busier than usual due to a nationwide public transit strike for better pensions, and the rainy weather is expected to exacerbate the problem.
While the Netherlands is enjoying warm sunny weather on Friday, the weekend will not be quite as pleasant. Saturday and Sunday will be cloudy and cooler, with some rain showers expected, according to Weeronline.
Friday's afternoon temperatures of up to 25 degrees will start to cool down as afternoon turns into evening, thanks to a northwesterly wind. Overnight, cloud cover will spread across the country from the Wadden area, according to the weather service.
Stormy weather caused a lot of problems in the eastern parts of the Netherlands on Sunday. Streets in multiple towns flooded and a lightning strike brought train traffic between Zwolle and Olst to a halt. Lightning strikes also caused a number of small fires, RTL Nieuws reports.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the eastern half of the Netherlands on Sunday, warning of lightning strikes and large amounts of rainfall. Some places also faced large hailstones.
While the weather has been wet, cold and gloomy over the past days, a change is heading for the Netherlands. The coming days will be sunnier and dryer, and temperatures may even climb to 20 degrees late next week, according to Buienradar.
Bad news for those hoping that the winter weather ended with a cold King's Day. The weather expected for Remembrance Day and Liberation Day does not look much better. It will definitely be cold, and there is even a chance of hail and snow on Saturday, meteorologist William Huizinga of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws.
Dense fog banks are reducing visibility in many places across the Netherlands on Monday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Public works department Rijkswaterstaat call on motorists to drive with their headlights on, so they can be seen by other traffic.
KNMI expects that the fog should dissipate during the second half of the morning. Until then, visibility is limited to less than 200 meters in many places. "Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. Adjust your speed and keep safe following distance", the meteorological institute said.
The past week's nice weather came to an end just in time for King's Day to be chilly, wet and windy. Those attending King's Day celebrations on Saturday are advised to take a jacket and an umbrella
Friday will be mostly cloudy with some rain, according to Weeronline. Maximums will range between 16 and 19 degrees, with a weak to moderate wind from the southwest to west.