Many thunderstorms this summer

27th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

Many thunderstorms this summer

27 August 2007

DE BILT – There was a surprisingly high number of thunderstorms this last summer. Meteorological Institute KNMI in De Bilt counted 25 days with thunderstorms in June, July and August. This emerged from figures published by the weather institute on Monday. A normal summer usually has about 14 days with thunderstorms.

The KNMI said there were thunderstorms on ten days in June, twelve in July, and three in August, compared to the normal average of five, five and four, respectively.

The summer of 2007 will go into the record books as "warm." The average temperature so far has been 17.4 degrees Celsius, compared to 16.6 during an average summer. This higher than usual temperature is mainly due to a number of extremely hot days in June. The first summer month ended with an average temperature of 17.5 degrees, compared to the usual average of 15.2.

The warmest day so far has been 15 July, when temperatures reached 32.9 degrees in Maastricht. For the first time since 2002 there was no heat wave during the summer.

Despite the high average temperature it rained remarkably frequently and the sun shone less. There were only 22 days between May and the end of August when temperatures were above average, there was little rain and much sun. Last year there were 39 such days.

The meteorological summer runs from 1 June to 1 September.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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