Downpours cause flooding; Saturday drier
13 August 2004, AMSTERDAM — The fire services were called out on Friday to pump out basements in the north of the Netherlands on Friday after one of the heaviest bouts of thunderstorms and heavy rain on record.
13 August 2004
AMSTERDAM — The fire services were called out on Friday to pump out basements in the north of the Netherlands on Friday after one of the heaviest bouts of thunderstorms and heavy rain on record.
Most problems were reported in Friesland, with streets and basements being flooded. This followed heavy thunderstorms on Thursday night.
Michiel Severin of Weathernews told Novum Nieuws the rain fall was "rather extreme". In a line from Harlingen to Dokkum in the north there was 120 millimeters of rain in one day.
The average rainfall in Friesland for the whole of August is 60 millimeters, with an annual average of 767 millimeters.
There were heavy showers dotted across the country on Friday, accompanied in places with thunderstorms. While predicting further downpours on Friday, Severin said nowhere would be as bad as Friesland.
Harry Geurts of the national weather centre KNMI said more than 50 millimeters of rain had fallen in places around the country in the last three days.
Describing it as "exceptional rain fall," Geurts added: "In some places are getting 10s of millimeters per hour".
Geurts said Friday's downpours would probably be among the top 10 largest rain falls on record. The current regional record is held by town Voorthuizen in Gelderland Province which experienced 208 millimeters in 24 hours on 3 August 1948.
The KMNI said the chance of precipitation would lessen by Saturday and any showers would be less severe than those on Friday. There would be some sunny spells and temperatures could reach 23 degrees.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news