Netherlands swelters in second July heatwave

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19 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Weather service KNMI confirmed the second heatwave of the year in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

19 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — Weather service KNMI confirmed the second heatwave of the year in the Netherlands on Wednesday.

The announcement came after thermometers at De Bilt weather station in Utrecht recorded 25 degrees at 9.20am. Temperatures have been above 25 degrees since Saturday, and three of these days were 30 degrees or above. This meets the definition of a heatwave.

Not only is this the second heatwave of the year, it is also the second one in July. The first was at the beginning of the month.

There have not been two heatwaves in one year in the Netherlands since 1948. The record was in 1947 when there were four heatwaves during the summer. Thirty-eight heatwaves have been recorded at De Bilt since 1912.

KNMI said it expected day-time temperatures to remain above 25 degrees until the weekend. This will likely lead to smog above big cities.

The longest heatwave was in 1975, when the temperature did not drop below 25 degrees for the 18 days from 29 July to 15 August. Six of those days were above 30 degrees.

The period of tropical heat is actually the third, albeit unofficial, heatwave for large parts of the south and the east of the Netherlands this year. Five days in mid June were above 30 degrees in these regions. However, the mercury at De Bilt stayed at 29.8 degrees.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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