Heatwave in the Netherlands

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4 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has entered its first official heatwave, meteorological bureau KNMI confirmed on Tuesday.

4 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands has entered its first official heatwave, meteorological bureau KNMI confirmed on Tuesday.

Thermometers at 'De Bilt' weather station registered 30 degrees at 12.01, making Tuesday the third day of tropical weather in a row. KNMI said this satisfied the definition of a heatwave: at least five days in a row of temperatures above 25 degrees, with at least three of 30 degrees or more.

The extreme heat has delighted beachgoers and caused problems for those still at work.  Dutch rail company NS has warned there is little it can do to stop rail lines buckling in the sun. This has led to two derailments of trains in recent days.

The sweltering and still conditions also led to a build-up of moderate smog on Monday. And motorists travelling to work or to the beach experienced long delays in traffic jams on Tuesday.

Over 50 fire fighters battled a serious fire on the moors in North Limburg Province on Monday. It was largely extinguished by 7pm but the ground continues to smoulder. Investigators suspect arson.

The summer of 2005 included one heatwave, which occurred in June. In total there have been five heatwaves in the Netherlands in the 21st century. There were 14 days of very warm weather in 2003, and there have been warm spells in each of the subsequent years.

The KNMI has recorded 37 heatwaves in the Netherlands since 1901. The longest was 18 days in July and August 1975. The very warm summer of 1947 included four heat waves. But this followed an extremely cold winter.

The current heatwave will last as long as the temperature stays above 25 degrees. KNMI expects the average temperature to stay at 30 degrees on Wednesday. But the current predict for Thursday is 24 degrees.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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