Summer sun and high temperatures on the way to the Netherlands
This week has already provided the Netherlands with a lovely little taste of summer, and forecasters say the nice weather isn’t going anywhere just yet, with temperatures of up to 30 degrees expected in some parts of the country next week!
The Netherlands to enjoy more sunny and summery weather
On Monday, the Netherlands recorded its first official local summer day of the year, as temperatures rose 25,1 degrees at 4.10pm in Ell, a village in Limburg located near the Belgian border. Almost all week, the skies above the Netherlands have been blue and sunny, with temperatures consistently hitting the high teens and low twenties.
Heading into the weekend, temperatures are only expected to rise further. Saturday will be sunny and dry throughout the day, with temperatures ranging from around 18 degrees in some coastal areas to 25 degrees in the south of the country.
Forecasts say it will likely soar to above 25 degrees in De Bilt (a town near Utrecht and home to the Dutch Weather Institute) on Sunday, marking the country’s first national summer day of 2022. In a number of cities - including Groningen, Amsterdam, and Maastricht - temperatures are set to reach as high as 28 degrees on Sunday.
Temperatures could reach 30 degrees after Monday's thunderstorms
Next week, temperatures are expected to stay above 20 degrees for most of the country, although Monday is forecasted to bring thunderstorms and rain, so be prepared for temperatures to drop slightly after this weekend.
Towards the tail-end of next week, the likelihood of rain does drop and temperatures are once again expected to rise - especially in the south and southeast where it could potentially soar to above 30 degrees.
While all this is likely good news for anyone hoping to soak up the sunshine, don’t forget the sunscreen! The sun will shine at a UV index of five or six for the next week, meaning that without any protection, your skin will burn after just 15 to 30 minutes in the sun.