Record temperature for Queen's Day
25 April 2007, DE BILT – Queen's Day 2007 could go into the record books as the warmest since the day was designated as 30 April in 1949.
25 April 2007
DE BILT – Queen's Day 2007 could go into the record books as the warmest since the day was designated as 30 April in 1949.
Meteorological institute KNMI thinks there is a chance that the 1993 record of 26.9 degrees Celsius will be exceeded on Monday, with temperatures reaching 28 degrees at the measuring station in De Bilt and in some parts of the Netherlands.
The days leading up to the holiday will also be warm and sunny; temperatures are expected to reach between 23 and 28 degrees on Thursday and Friday. The nights will also be warm, with temperatures dropping little.
The temperature may cool down on Saturday and Sunday, but will remain above 20 degrees, the KNMI predicts.
This year's heat will be a marked contrast from last year's, when temperatures reached only 11.5 degrees on Queens' day.
Queen's Day has been celebrated since 1891, when 11-year-old Queen Wilhelmina was on the throne, having become monarch just the year before. (Her mother Emma was regent until Wilhemina came of age in 1898.) The festivities were held on Wilhelmina's birthday, 31 August.
After Queen Juliana succeeded her mother the holiday was moved to 30 April. When Queen Beatrix took the throne in 1980 she had the national holiday fixed on 30 April in honour of her mother.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news