Rising temperatures in the Netherlands could mean a possible heatwave

Rising temperatures in the Netherlands could mean a possible heatwave

With the sun shining, the weather in the Netherlands is certainly summery. Over the next few days, and with the weekend in tow, the high temperatures could even mean that some parts of the country experience a heatwave.

Heatwave in parts of the Netherlands

In order to be classified as a heatwave, the temperature must be 25C or higher for five days in a row. During three of the five days, the temperature must also reach 30C or above.

It is quite possible that a heatwave will occur in the south of the country and perhaps also in the centre of the Netherlands. This would then be a regional heatwave; for a national heatwave the aforementioned conditions need to have been observed at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) measuring point De Bilt.

Week of Dutch summer

After a sun-drenched weekend, we have yet more sun to look forward to. Yes, the summer weather is not over yet and is expected to stay up until at least the coming Friday, July 6.

The highest temperatures, of hotter than 30C, are forecasted in the south of the Netherlands at the start of this week. In the north of the country, slightly cooler temperatures of around 25C are predicted during the warmest days.

According to Weerplaza, clear blue skies are anticipated up until Wednesday, after which the possibility of cotton-like clouds forming in the sky increases. Despite the possibility of clouds, the sun will still be shining brightly. 

Enjoying the sun

If you are planning to head on over to one of the beaches or national parks in the Netherlands, don’t forget that it may be a little busier than usual on the roads. It is therefore not a bad idea to take along an extra bottle of water. Don’t forget your sunscreen either, as the sun is high in the sky during the summer, resulting in a high UV Index.

Of course, you don’t have to travel to a beach to enjoy the sun; you could instead venture to one of your local swimming spots. Make sure you check beforehand whether the water quality is good and it is safe to swim via (in Dutch).

Mina Solanki


Mina Solanki

Completed her Master's degree at the University of Groningen and worked as a translator before joining IamExpat. She loves to read and has a particular interest in Greek mythology. In...

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