Winter’s still here: March will start with frosty weather in the Netherlands

If March is just around the corner, spring is too — right? Well, not this year: due to high altitude disturbances above the North Pole, experts from the Royal Dutch Weather Institute (KNMI) expect a frosty month. 🥶

But hey, as reports, at least the frost will be accompanied by lots of sunshine!

Polar air coming our way

Okay, strap in for a quick meteorology crash course.

The frosty weather that we’re headed towards is a “sudden stratospheric warming”, according to Michiel van Weele from the KNMI. What does that mean? Good question.

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It’s a natural phenomenon during which thin air above the North Pole warms up rapidly. While this occurs at high latitudes, it affects the lower parts of the atmosphere — where we are located.

This sudden warming causes cold air to push further south (to the Netherlands, for example), instead of being locked above the polar region. 🌬️

Booo, no ice skating

Whether we will get real winter weather or just some frosty nights is unclear. It depends on how long the high-pressure area stays in place.

But before you get your hopes up: Van Weele doesn’t think we’ll see any more ice skating opportunities this year.

Daffodils and crocuses

While we prepare for cold nights (and high energy bills), we can at least look forward to seeing more of the sun as well. Hoera!

While early spring flowers like daffodils and crocuses are already blooming, the sun will be a welcomed regular visitor in March. ☀️

How will you prepare for the incoming March weather? Tell us in the comments!

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Lyna Meyrer 🇱🇺
Lyna Meyrer 🇱🇺
Say 'hoi' to Lyna, our Senior Writer at DutchReview! Fueled by a love for writing, social media, and all things Dutch, she joined the DR family in 2022. Since making the Netherlands her home in 2018, she has collected a BA in English Literature & Society (Hons.) and an RMA in Arts, Literature and Media (Hons.). Even though she grew up just a few hours away from the Netherlands, Lyna remains captivated by the guttural language, quirky culture, and questionable foods that make the Netherlands so wonderfully Dutch.


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