October warmer, sunnier than normal
29 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Dutch meteorology bureau KNMI said on Friday the month of October was warmer than normal and easily topped the chilly average temperature recorded last year.
29 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — Dutch meteorology bureau KNMI said on Friday the month of October was warmer than normal and easily topped the chilly average temperature recorded last year.
KNMI said this year's October is expected to record an average temperature of 11.3 degrees Celsius compared with the long-term average of 10.3 degrees.
But the bureau also said the weather was variable as cold snaps were followed by warm weather. The mercury dipped below freezing point on 26 October for the first time since the summer months.
The lowest national temperature was minus 0.6 degrees, recorded at the Twente air base. KNMI did not record a temperature below freezing point at its centre in De Bilt, compared with the long term average of one day below zero.
But the weather bureau did not record a so-called warm day either, meaning that the temperature did not top 20 degrees in De Bilt. The average is two warm days in October.
In the south-east, three warm days were recorded, the last of which was on 24 October. The highest temperature nationwide (22.4 degrees) was recorded in Maastricht on 4 October.
There has been on average 52mm of rain recorded across the country this month, compared with 78mm normally. But KNMI has forecast more rain for Saturday.
In terms of sun, there were 135 hours of sunshine nationwide, compared with a normal average of 105.
October 2004 recorded a cold average temperature of 7.5 degrees and 84mm of rain. A total of 148 hours of sun were recorded.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news