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Pic taken during Carnaval in Delft on a windy, stormy day when most events were moved indoors, February 2016
Feb 20 '20 11:50

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.

Winter Storm Dennis hits Amsterdam Oost
Feb 17 '20 09:08

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 clouds over the Dordrecht inner harbor
Feb 14 '20 16:50

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. 

Overturned tree in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam, 10 February 2019
Feb 11 '20 14:19

Winter storm Ciara caused an estimated 150 million euro in damages when it ripped through the Netherlands on Sunday and Monday. The damage estimate was far less than the destruction caused by a storm in January 2018, when 450 million euros in claims were filed.

Scooters and bikes knocked over by strong winds in Amsterdam Oost, 10 February 2019
Feb 11 '20 13:30

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. 

Wind knocked over several parts of the garden statue Faith, Hope and Love outside the Oosterpark in Amstterdam, 10 February 2020
Feb 10 '20 16:10

The fire brigade responded to a total of 2.247 reports of storm damage and flooding while winter storm Ciara was raging in the Netherlands on Sunday.

Afternoon traffic on the A4 near Rotterdam
Feb 10 '20 15:20

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." 

Windy day at Schiphol Airport
Feb 10 '20 14:30

Strong winds in the aftermath of winter storm Ciara were still causing major problems at the Netherlands' five airports on Monday. Schiphol Airport alone reported 280 cancellations and 330 delayed flights.

Lanes closed on the A16 highway at the Dordrecht off-ramp after the wind blew over a truck, 10 February 2020
Feb 10 '20 07:44

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. 

A couple walks against the wind under the Scheveningen Pier
Feb 8 '20 18:12

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.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Feb 8 '20 17:30

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.

Storm clouds over the Dordrecht inner harbor
Feb 7 '20 13:30

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.

Fog on the road
Jan 20 '20 07:17

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 where the A4 highway joins the N11, 30 December 2019
Jan 1 '20 07:23

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."

Code red weather warning
Dec 31 '19 23:40

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.

Fireworks
Dec 31 '19 08:28

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 tree
Dec 25 '19 07:01

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. 

 

Dreary Christmas Eve in Amsterdam
Dec 24 '19 12:56

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.

Foggy Schiphol, 29 Dec 2016
Dec 5 '19 13:40

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 on the road
Dec 4 '19 08:20

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.

A foggy morning in Amsterdam, 25 November 2019
Nov 25 '19 08:09

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.

Fog on the road
Nov 20 '19 07:20

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.

Snowy garden in Amsterdam Oost, 1 Feb 2019
Nov 18 '19 08:16

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.

A dusting of snow in Diemen, 22 Jan 2019
Nov 13 '19 07:16

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. 

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