Hello sunshine: summer is set to return to the Netherlands this weekend

After what has felt like an eternity, summer is finally returning to the Netherlands. While parts of the country are in for a bucket load of rain in the coming days, from Friday, it will be drier and warmer.

Meteorologist Maurice Middendorp tells RTL Nieuws that, “a big bucket of rain” will fall this week primarily in the south, east, and southeast of the country.

Limburg in particular is expecting a downpour of 100 millimeters of rain. This is much more than what usually falls in the entire month of July. So, Limburgers — we suggest trading in your fiets for a boat.

READ MORE | Record-breaking rainfall leads to flooding in Limburg

In contrast, we can expect warm, summery evenings over the coming days. Night-time temperatures will hover around 18 degrees — so these will be sticky nights. According to Middendorp, “We will get the burdens of summer, not the lusts.” By this, we think he means that you can expect a mosquito or two.

Meanwhile, the north and west of the country are due to remain fairly dry and will not get cold this week.

Weekend full of sunshine

Meteorologists forecast that around Thursday it will become drier, and “the weather will be nice in large parts of the Netherlands.”

But Friday is when the fun will really start and the sun will really shine. We’re on course for very pleasant weather over the weekend, as winds from the north mean that it won’t get too hot. We can expect temperatures around 23-24 degrees. In some places, it will reach 25 degrees.

So, even if our summer holidays are devastatingly cancelled, we’ll be able to ease the pain for a while by dipping in the polders and going boating on the canals.

Middendorp tells RTL Nieuws that it isn’t clear yet what the weather will do after next week. “It could go either way,” he says. Let’s cross our fingers and toes and hope for the best.

How do you plan on spending this sunny weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: APHONUA/Depositphotos

Jen Lorimer 🇿🇼
An avid tea drinker, Jen was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She moved to Utrecht in 2017 to pursue her history degree. She loves people-watching, canoeing the Utrecht canals, and observing how the Dutch come alive in summer. Having been traumatised by a Dutch circle party, Jen wants to help equip other internationals with tips and tricks to survive and thrive in this wonderful flat country.

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