It’s no secret that the Netherlands is prone to overcast weather and cold temperatures, but one may be surprised just at how often it can pour down on a daily basis. 🌧
What is it?
For any newcomers to the Netherlands, you’ve probably never heard of a Dutch weather app called Buienradar — but trust us, it’s a holy grail.
It may not be what you had in mind, but Dutchies are constantly using a simple weather app.🌡Buienradar tracks the usual things like temperature and wind directions.
More practically, it shows the movement of the clouds and predicts how strong rain will be in an area at a given time. Wat handig!
Why do they do it?
The Dutch have a saying: "You aren't made of sugar, you won't melt in the rain!"— Dutch Cycling Embassy (@Cycling_Embassy) October 29, 2022
And so, weather conditions don't really affect the number of cyclists in the Netherlands. They simply get out their raincoat or umbrella.
Watch the full @BicycleDutch video: https://t.co/NAv3eMDMfZ pic.twitter.com/GvXlIjQrrH
With an app like Buienradar, you can consider Dutchies the fortunetellers of weather — they’re constantly checking the crystal ball for the least rainy opportunity to cycle from one place to the next! 🔮
Why is it quirky?
Some people obsess over the stock market app or Instagram, meanwhile, Dutchies are pulling out Buienradar at a party for everyone to see. No one takes the weather as seriously as the Dutch.
And the worst part is, sometimes you just can’t escape the rain, no matter how well you time it. 😪
Should you join in?
Yes, definitely! Buienradar is one of the most useful apps to have while living in the Netherlands, and you can definitely save yourself a load of laundry if you keep it on your phone with the notifications on.
But do keep in mind that a weather app will probably not be able to keep you dry every time. Make sure you’re prepped with a raincoat and an umbrella at the minimum. ☔️
What do you think of this Dutch quirk? Have you experienced it? Tell us in the comments below!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in October 2021, and was fully updated in August 2023 for your reading pleasure.