Spring in the Netherlands started out with a record number of sunny hours this year, according to Weerplaza. Over the past 11 days, there were over 100 hours of sunshine in the country, breaking the 1933 record of 98 sunny hours. The sunny weather made it difficult for some people to stick to the social distancing measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid 19.
A bit of good news among the coronavirus gloom - the weather services in the Netherlands expect a very sunny week with spring-like temperatures. Wednesday may even see maximums climb to 19 degrees in the southeast of the country, according to Weerplaza.
The spring-like period starts on Tuesday, with plenty of sunshine, especially in the south. Weerplaza expects no rain, a moderate southwesterly wind, and maximums ranging between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. Wednesday will be even milder, with maximums between 12 and 17 degrees, or maybe even up to 19 in the southeast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tonight will be a cold one in the Netherlands, with a solid chance of the first ground frost of the autumn making an appearance, Weerplaza expects.
The clouds are expected to clear up in large parts of the country, and the wind to die down. As a result, the temperature of the already fairly cold air can drop considerably. In the coldest parts of the country - the middle east and southeast - minimums will drop to around 2 degrees, possibly with frost on the ground.
The Netherlands is officially in its second heat wave of the year. At 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, temperatures hit 30 degrees in De Bilt, meeting the heat wave criteria of five consecutive days with temps above 25 degrees, including three with temps above 30 degrees Celsius, according to Weerplaza.
Two national heat waves in a year is very rare, according to the weather service. This is only the fourth time it's happened in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901. The other years with two heatwaves were last year, 2006, and 1941.
With a hot weekend ahead of the Netherlands, public health institute RIVM decided to activate the National Heat Plan for the entire country from Saturday. Maximums in the high twenties and low thirties are expected for the weekend and early next week.
Bad news for summer lovers! Friday will be the last really warm day in the Netherlands for the foreseeable future, according to Weerplaza. From next week the weather is clearly turning towards autumn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While the week started out on the cool side for the Netherlands, sunnier and warmer weather is on the horizon, Weerplaza expects. Temperatures will start climbing again on Thursday. And while plenty of sunshine is expected, there is also a chance of a shower here and there.
Summer seems to have temporarily fled the Netherlands. Where last week saw record high temperatures, residents of Eastern Netherlands woke up to a frost covered landscape on Thursday. At the former air base in Twente, a minimum of -1.6 degrees Celsius was measured - a record low for July, according to Weerplaza.
Tuesday will be the hottest day of the week, according to Weerplaza. Maximums will range from 30 degrees Celsius along the coast to over 35 degrees in the east of the country. The day will be filled with sunshine, and blue skies, with a moderate wind occasionally providing some cooling.
This is a good time of year to look up at the sky after sunset and before sunrise. Around the start of the astronomical summer on June 21st, there is a good chance that you will encounter the weather phenomenon noctilucent clouds. The shiny clouds could be seen all over the Netherlands on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
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.
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.
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.