Thunder ends unusual June heatwave

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24 June 2005AMSTERDAM — Rain and thunder showers broke over the Netherlands on Saturday morning hours after the national weather bureau KNMI made official what the public already knew: The Netherlands has been basking in a heatwave.

24 June 2005

AMSTERDAM — Rain and thunder showers broke over the Netherlands on Saturday morning hours after the national weather bureau KNMI made official what the public already knew: The Netherlands has been basking in a heatwave.

While the lucky stretched out on the beach and those unfortunate enough to have to work sweltered in offices and homes around the country, the temperature in De Bilt where the KNMI is based reached 30 degrees at 11.40am on Friday.

This was sufficient for the weather bureau to confirm that the Netherlands has had a heatwave this week.

A heatwave means five days of temperatures warmer than 25 degrees and at least three days of 30 degrees or above.  

A heatwave in the Netherlands during June is unusual. Only eight of the 36 heat waves recorded in the last 100 years occurred in June.

The last June heatwave was in 1976, while two actually started in May.

But the sizzling weather this time round ended this weekend as the KNMI predicted rain and thunder showers. The thunder and lighting hit Amsterdam in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Temperatures of 25 degrees and above won't be witnessed  again in the days ahead.

Fears that the recent hot weather will provoke drought as is happening in Portugal are unfounded. The supply of water in the Netherlands is sufficient despite the very warm weather recently, the umbrella organisation for water companies said on Friday.

But the water pressure may be lower than normal in places along the network.

Provincial water company Brabant Water announced  the most water ever came out of taps in the region on Monday, as the hot and thirsty public consuming a record 711 million litres of water. Usage declined to about 650 million litres in the following days.

"In general water usages is a quarter higher than normal for June," Brabant Water confirmed.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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