Hottest Easter on Dutch records
Temperatures soared in the Netherlands at the weekend, making it the warmest ever Easter weekend since the Dutch meteorological office, the KNMI, started recording daily tempertures in 1901.
In Utrecht in central Netherlands it was 25 degrees on Sunday. This breaks the 1949 record for Easter, which was 24.5 degress in mid April. Easter is particularly late this year. It is also exceptionally dry for the time of year.
The warm temperatures are due to high pressure in the north-east and south-easterly winds bringing warm air.
Beachgoers however may have been disappointed as the temperature along the coast was just 16 degrees due to cool breezes.
The good weather is set to continue for the next few days. From Wednesday temperatures will drop a little and there is more chance of rain.
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