Netherlands warmer and wetter in past decade

3rd November 2010, Comments 0 comments


In the past ten years, the average temperature in the Netherlands has increased by 0,42 degrees Celsius. Temperatures have been higher in particular in spring, summer and autumn. The climate has also become wetter, with most of the additional precipitation falling in winter, while localised downpours have grown more frequent in August. These data are included in a long-term weather analysis published by MeteoVista / on Wednesday.

The Netherlands warms up at about twice the global average, which has been put at 0.2 degrees Celsius by NASA. A climate analyst from MeteoVista / says the organisation has the most recent data, but adds that other sources are slightly more conservative.

One explanation for the above-average increase in temperatures in the Netherlands is that figures for the planet as a whole are mitigated by the huge water surfaces of the planet’s oceans. Another explanation is the country’s relative proximity to the Arctic, where the rise in average temperatures has been most pronounced. Canada and Siberia have seen a stronger increase in temperatures than the Netherlands. The arctic tundra has warmed up by six degrees Celsius in the past 10 years. Around the equator, warming on average is at 0.2 degrees Celsius.

The substantial increase in temperatures in the Arctic is the result of a reduction of snow-covered sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and reduced snowfall in Canada and Siberia. As a result, less sunlight is reflected in the northern hemisphere in spring, summer and autumn, and more solar radiation is absorbed and converted to heat. The trend reinforces the warming up of the entire hemisphere; and the higher the latitude, the stronger the effect. The equatorial region covers a much bigger surface area due to the Earth’s larger circumference there, and therefore has a strong moderating effect on global averages.


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