Animals seek shade in unseasonal heat

12th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

12 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — The first 10 days of September have not been this warm for 100 years, the weather service KNMI said on Monday.

12 September 2005

AMSTERDAM — The first 10 days of September have not been this warm for 100 years, the weather service KNMI said on Monday.

The 24-hour average temperature recorded at measuring station De Bilt has been 19.6 degrees since the start of the month. This breaks the previous record of 19.1 degrees set in 1949.

The KNMI said the average minimum temperature of 14.2 degrees at night this month has never been so high. De Bilt also recorded seven summer days out of the first 10 days of the month. Normally there is only one day with temperatures higher than 25 degrees during this period.

Meanwhile, animal rights group Wakker Dier warned on Monday that cows, sheep and horses can't find shade in this unusually warm September weather.

It claimed many farms have cleared areas shaded by trees and bushes in recent years to plant more grass.

The group looked at a sample of 1,966 grazing areas across the Netherlands for its report. It found 69 percent of cows, 66 percent of sheep and 58 percent of horses can't find shelter in the shade.

Like humans, grazing animals can get sunstroke, Wakker Dier warned. 

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news 

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