Dry weather set to continue into June
This spring has been the driest and sunniest in at least a century, says the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute KNMI.
Up until now, the driest Dutch spring was in 1976, followed by 1929. An average 50 millimetres of rain fell in March, April and May 2011; normally, an average 172 millimetres falls.
Persistent high pressure has prevented rain from reaching the Netherlands. All three spring months proved very dry. The least rain fell in April, leaving the Netherlands' coastal regions driest of all. Most rain fell in the landlocked east of the country.
This month, the sun shone approximately 710 hours; it usually shines an average 517 hours during May. The Province of Zeeland recorded the most sun, with over 750 hours.
Dry weather is predicted to continue into June. A KNMI spokesperson said there would be precipitation, but not nearly enough to “provide some relief”. It would require two weeks of continuous rainfall to bring water levels back to normal. “We are short nearly an entire season, because obviously it does not rain every day.”
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