KNMI issues another weather warning

26th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch meteorological office the KNMI has issued a weather warning for the northern and eastern provinces of Gelderland, Overijssel, Drenthe, Groningen and Friesland.

A spokesperson for the KNMI says the code orange warning has been issued because severe thunder storms, heavy showers and strong winds are expected.

The humid conditions in the north makes the bad weather which is crossing the country at the moment more active. As a result, there could also be gusts of up to 120 km per hour. There may also be local flooding as a result of the heavy rain. The bad weather is expected to last until the evening.

Earlier today, a heavy shower and thunder storm slowed traffic down around Rotterdam and The Hague. Radio stations could also not be received temporarily in some parts of the country.

Lightning put train services out of action in the eastern towns of ‘t Harde and Putten and a train hit tree which had fallen over the rails near Winterswijk.

It is the sixth weather warning issued this summer, five of them in the past week. Experts say this is exceptional, and hardly ever seen even in winter, let alone summer.  

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