Temperatures could hit 20C in the Netherlands this week
Spring has come early to the Netherlands. With a sunny weekend behind us, it looks as though the good weather won’t let up for the next few days. Some Dutch weather records might even be broken, with forecasts predicting temperatures in the vicinity of 20C.
Unusually warm weather in the Netherlands
Today, temperatures hit highs of 14,7C at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) measuring point De Bilt, and in some places 18C, in February! This time last year, temperatures at De Bilt only hit a max of 3,3C and towards the end of February 2018, lows of -10,5C were measured in Woensdrecht. What a difference a year makes!
According to Weeronline, the sun will be shining tomorrow and Wednesday (February 26 & 27), and no rain is expected. Temperatures will thus be climbing, with highs of 15C to 19C forecasted. Some parts of the country may even get their first “warm day” of the year, if 20C is reached. In 2018, the first time it got up to 20C was on April 7.
The southeast of the country can count on the highest temperatures these coming few days. If temperatures do reach 20C, the weather record of the fewest days since it was last 20C, could be broken. The record now stands at 134 days between October 26, 2013 and March 9, 2014. It would also be one of the few years that such high temperatures have been measured this early on in the year. The record for the earliest date in the year that it reached 20C belongs to 1990, when temperatures hit 20,4C in South Limburg on February 24.
Enjoy the Dutch sun while you can
Unfortunately, the spring weather won’t last the whole week. After Wednesday, February 27, we can expect colder temperatures of around 11C and cloudy skies. Luckily, rain is not expected until after the weekend, as the possibility of rain gradually increases next week.