We're four days into a record-breaking heatwave here. An "orange alert" (code oranje) has been declared in almost every province of the Netherlands:
Orange alert on the map of Holland.
The 75 years old absolute temperature record established back in 1944 has been broken yesterday.Read on »
The New Year's Eve has seen a light frost of -2 °C in the total absence of snow. The green grass got beautifully powdered with rime. Hoarfrost grass.
The whitened trees alongside the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal (Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal), which passes next to Houten, became simply magnificent:Read on »
Now that October has come, the summer is finally here. The last time it visited us was in April. After that I couldn't say we ever had summer weather in the past months. Temperature would hardly rise above 21—22° C (70—72° F), and mainly kept around 16—18° C (61—64° F), especially during August and September.
But the last two days of September happened to be really warm, and on the first of October temperature soared to 26° C (79° F) again.
What else could one do on such a lazy Saturday than simply go to the coast?Read on »
Yesterday's Easter has set up a temperature record in the Netherlands in the whole KNMI (Royal Meteorological Institute) observation history since 1901. Shadow temperature rose as high as 26° C. The previous record was established in 1949 (24.5° C).
I got sunburnt in a couple of hours.