The Netherlands enjoys the good weather
The Dutch headed to the coast en masse on Sunday to enjoy the warm weather.11 February 2008
RIJSWIJK – The Dutch headed to the coast en masse on Sunday to enjoy the warm weather. Motorists' association ANWB noted busy roads headed for the beaches at Scheveningen, Schoorl, Kijkduin and Hoek van Holland, a spokesperson reported.
The highest temperature on Sunday was recorded in Wijk aan Zee, where it reached 14.4 degrees Celsius behind the dunes. That was just a bit cooler than on Saturday, when it reached 15 degrees Celsius in Woensdrecht.
Meteorological institute KNMI said these temperatures were unseasonably mild, but not extreme enough to make it into the record books.
The warm weather and crowds came too early for many beach pavilion owners. "Most businesses cannot open or start setting up their pavilions until 1 March," says Paul Zonneveld, president of the Dutch association of North Sea beach pavilion operators (NVSN).
The KNMI predicts that this winter will go down in the books as the tenth mildest since 1901. The average winter temperature so far has been 5 degrees, compared to the normal average of 3.3 degrees. The winter last year was the mildest since 1706, with an average temperature of 6.5 degrees.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news