Dutch heatwave breaks a bunch of records


Dutch weather, which is usually measured in De Bilt, Utrecht by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) tells us we’re officially experiencing a national heatwave. Yesterday, temperatures hit 30 degrees at 11:20, the third consecutive day of ‘tropical’ weather, which here means above 30 degrees. And it’s only considered a heatwave if there are five consecutive days of 25 degrees or higher, with three days of 30 degrees or higher.

Heat records were broken at 15 of the country’s 33 weather stations in the Netherlands yesterday. Arcen in Limburg was the hottest, with a maximum of 38.2 degrees. Terschelling’s record was broken with the biggest difference, 1.6 degrees higher than the previous record.

Temperatures in De Bilt have been 25 degrees or higher since July 15, which makes it 13 days running if you count today. The record is 18 days, from July 29 to August 15 in 1975 and many people believe it might be broken.

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(Link: nu.nl)

1 Comment »

  1. William says:

    When I visited Hengelo at the end of June, early July, it was Mid 80s F (26-30 C) and lows in the high 50s (15) the whole time. It also didn’t rain. While my in-laws house didn’t have AC, it wasn’t bad, especially since the night temperatures were so cool.

    Here in Indiana, It’s been in the 90s (32-37) a lot, but we have AC. In the Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, etc) it’s hit almost 130 at times, so I’m not visiting there anytime soon.

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