Wettest Dutch summer since 1906

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This summer was the wettest summer in the Netherlands since 1906. Throughout June, July and August an average 350 millimetres of rain fell nationwide – 100mm more than usual. 

According to data released Wednesday from the national weather service KNMI, July was the rainiest summer month this year. Most rain fell in the central and western parts of the country, with the KNMI station in Deelen op de Veluwe measuring 445 mm of rain. The driest town was Vlissingen with 252mm.

Remarkably, this spring was the driest season in the last century with an average of 49mm of rainfall. Normally, spring brings about 172mm of showers to the Netherlands. 

The Dutch summer was not only wet but also chilly. The average temperature was 16.3 degrees Celsius, compared to the normal high of 17 degrees. June, July and August had just 525 hours of sunshine this year. That is 83 hours less than average. 

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