Holidaymakers and rain blockade roads
16 July 2004, AMSTERDAM — Dutch motorways and roads were heavily congested on Friday afternoon as holidaymakers fled the dismal weather.
16 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — Dutch motorways and roads were heavily congested on Friday afternoon as holidaymakers fled the dismal weather.
Motoring organisation ANWB said the nation's roads were "fairly busy", with up to 21 traffic jams with a total length of 82km by 2pm.
The longest tailback was on the A28 from Amersfoort to Zwolle, with a 9km traffic jam on the Zwolle-bound lanes.
There was an 8km tailback on the A2 from Amsterdam to Den Bosch.
The ANWB singled out families going on vacation as the main cause of the traffic jams. Persistent rain also cut average speeds on the nation's roads.
The temperature is expected to rise over the weekend to about the mid 20s, combined with the chance of thunderstorms.
And with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees Celsius or slightly higher next week, the rain is not expected to dry up until Tuesday or Wednesday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news