Dutch winter mild, sunny and dry
28 February 2005, AMSTERDAM — The winter of 2004-05 in the Netherlands was extremely mild, with an average temperature of 3.6 degrees Celsius, meteorology bureau KNMI said on Monday.
28 February 2005
AMSTERDAM — The winter of 2004-05 in the Netherlands was extremely mild, with an average temperature of 3.6 degrees Celsius, meteorology bureau KNMI said on Monday.
The long-term average for the three winter months of December, January and February was 3.3 degrees, KNMI said.
The first 10 days of January were the warmest in 50 years. The nation's highest temperature was on 10 January at Arcen in Limburg, where 14.7 degrees was recorded
The lowest temperature recorded by the De Bilt-based KNMI was in Deelen on 28 February, when the mercury fell to minus 12.3 degrees. On average, it was coldest in Maastricht, with a temperature of 2.7 degrees.
But KNMI only measured in De Bilt one 'ice day', a day on which the temperature does not rise above zero, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Monday.
Despite the mild winter, the last days of February were cold. Ice formation on canals is still unreliable though, due to above zero temperatures during the day and the mild winter.
Besides being mild, the winter was also very dry, especially the months of December and January. The KNMI station at Gilze-Rijen was the wettest (220mm), while Lelystad recorded the least amount of rain (125mm).
The weather bureau also described the winter as sunny, recording 245 sun hours. This is compared with a long-term average of 172. The Zeeland city of Vlissingen recorded the most amount of sun.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news