Records broken: Warmest New Year’s Eve and Day ever recorded in the Netherlands

The turn of the year has broken a total of three weather records within the span of just a few hours. 

First, New Year’s Eve was recorded as the warmest December day ever measured.

Then, January 1 became not just the warmest New Year’s Day ever measured in the Netherlands — but also the warmest January day ever recorded. 

Warmest New Year’s Day

Bringing in 2023, just a few hours past midnight, temperatures of 15.6 degrees Celsius were measured in De Bilt, the Dutch meteorological institute headquarters in the centre of the Netherlands. 

This broke last year’s record of 13.2 degrees for the warmest New Year’s day since the start of measurements in 1901, writes Weer & Radar.

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Regionally, it got even warmer, and temperatures reached up to 16.9 degrees in Eindhoven. 😳

Warmest December Day

The last day of 2022 also had one more ace up its sleeve. With 15.9 degrees measured in De Bilt, it became the hottest December day ever recorded in the Netherlands. 🌡️

This was the eighth heat record broken in the Netherlands in 2022. Meanwhile, only one cold record was achieved.

Warmest January Day

If becoming warmer was the Netherlands’ New Year’s resolution, then it would be right on track, unfortunately.

January 1, 2023 was the warmest January day to date, breaking the previous record of 15.1 degrees from January 13, 1993. 

From gas prices, to inflation, to temperatures, the Netherlands broke many records in 2022 — and 2023 will be no different, it seems.

Colder temperatures coming

After icy temperatures at the beginning of December, the past weeks have seen extremely mild weather throughout most of Europe. 

On average, temperatures have been 10 to 20 degrees higher than usual around this time. But more heat records are unlikely to be broken in the next few days, with temperatures set to decrease ever so slightly.

But although it will get colder in the coming days, we will remain far away from typical winter weather. ❄️

What do you think of these weather records being broken? Tell us in the comments below!

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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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