Weather record: Chilliest October 6 ever measured in the Netherlands

Weather record: Chilliest October 6 ever measured in the Netherlands

If you thought the weather was chilly yesterday, well, you’d be right. In fact, it was the coldest October 6 since measurements began, beating the old record from back in 1936.

Weather record broken

Yesterday, it was 9,6C at Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) measuring point De Bilt, earning the title of the coldest October 6 since measurements began. The previous record was from 1936, when the temperature didn’t climb above 10,1C. It was especially cold in the middle of the country yesterday, where it rained almost the whole day.

In other parts of the country, there was much of the same, with temperatures failing to get above 10C. Friesland and Groningen were slightly warmer, as they weren’t as affected by the rain. Still, there is a stark contrast between the temperatures in Zeeland, where it was 16C, and the rest of the country. This is due to a westerly wind bringing warm air to Zeeland, whilst the rest of the country got an icy eastern wind.


Weather this week

It looks like we are going to have to get used to the rain the coming week, as it doesn't seem likely it will stop anytime soon. Today, Monday, October 7, is actually the only day this week which won’t see us getting soaked. On Thursday, the most rain of the week is forecast, so be sure to put your rain suit on and take a look at our tips for beating the Dutch rain that day.

Perhaps a silver lining, though, is that the temperatures will be slightly more pleasant this week, slowing increasing to around 18C on Saturday, October 12. Highs for the week range from 13C to 18C, much warmer than yesterday.

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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