It's official: tropical heat in the Netherlands
The Dutch meteorological office KNMI has issued a weather warning for extremely hot weather on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Temperatures can reach as high as 33 degrees Celsius, which is significantly higher than the long-term average maximum of 20.6 degrees.
Despite the expected extremes KNMI is not predicting a heatwave, which requires 5 consecutive days of at least 25 degrees, with three of these reaching 30 or more. The Institute for Public Health and the Environment RIVM is warning that moderate smog may form during the next few days. Ozone levels will rise quite steeply, making the smog effect heavier. People are advised to limit physical exertion during the heat and smog, and those susceptible to breathing problems should stay indoors. On Wednesday the national fire brigade warned that continued drought is increasing the risk of forest fires. Airborne surveillance has been increased to nip any fires in the bud. © Radio Netherlands Worldwide
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