Light snowfalls across the Netherlands
24 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch meteorology bureau KNMI said snowfalls were widespread across the nation on Monday, but only amounted to a maximum of a couple of centimetres. Nevertheless, motorists encountered long delays during the morning peak-hour.
24 January 2005
AMSTERDAM — Dutch meteorology bureau KNMI said snowfalls were widespread across the nation on Monday, but only amounted to a maximum of a couple of centimetres. Nevertheless, motorists encountered long delays during the morning peak-hour.
KNMI said the freeze would continue in the short-term, but did not expect extremely cold temperatures. Across the country, temperatures are not expected to rise above 4 degrees Celsius in coming days, falling to a maximum of minus 5 overnight. Wednesday is expected to be the coldest day this week.
The dry and cold period is expected to end on Thursday as rain is forecast to set in. KNMI said in a press release that it could not accurately predict the weather from Friday, but its forecast indicated a good chance of rain on Friday and Saturday.
KNMI said the first half of the 2004-05 winter was too warm to result in snowfalls, despite a cold December. But the "mild" period ended on Friday last week with wind and rain and between 30mm and 40mm of rain was recorded in the south of the Netherlands.
Prior to that, the first three weeks of January recorded an average temperature of 6.8 degrees Celsius, some 4 degrees higher than the long-term average.
KNMI said the large variation in the average temperatures was "rare". It also said the weekend change will not be enough to influence the month's total and January 2005 will thus be recorded in the history books as being "mild".
Meanwhile, the European Alpine region also recorded large snowfalls in the past few days, with up to 1.5m recorded in the central and eastern Alpine region. At least three people were killed in avalanches in Austria and a fourth is missing. Smaller avalanches in Switzerland were reported, but no deaths occurred.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news