Bad weather? This is a “normal” Dutch summer, according to meteorologist

Despite the sun predicted to come out this weekend, the weather this summer has been a bit of a joke. It feels like we’ve barely been able to break out the BBQ before it started raining again. However, this is what summer in the Netherlands is meant to look like.

That’s at least what William Huizinga from Buienradar reports. He told RTL Nieuws that a normal summer in the Netherlands is one of changeable weather and averaging 22 degrees.

We’ve got far too used to those August heatwaves apparently. 😅

Gloomy July

We can all agree we’ve had a bit of a dull July this year. The average temperature of the last month was 18 degrees. Summer days — when it hits over 25 degrees — have been few and far between.

Remember the summer we had last year? Not fair, is it?

Such are these weird days.

Wet, wet, wet

The amount of rain we’ve had this summer, on the other hand, has been off the charts. In the last month, there was an average of 80 millilitres of precipitation. The more extreme end of this scale was felt in Limburg, where the flooding lead to the province being labelled as a disaster zone.

August will start off “normal”

So what will the weather this month hold? Well, don’t count on a heatwave. Huizinga says “there is a good chance that the weather will be a bit changeable and moderate until the first half of August. Fairly normal Dutch summer weather, but maybe just a bit on the cool side.”

This week promises the sun poking through a few showers. We might even see the highs of 23 degrees by the end of the week! That’s close enough to a summer day. 😉

Do you think this is a normal Dutch summer? Or have we got too used to heatwaves? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Feature Image: alenkasm/Depositphotos 

Chloe Lovatt 🇬🇧
A British native, Chloe has a love for other languages and cultures, having lived in Spain before moving to the Netherlands. She is keen to explore the Dutch landscape, cultural spots and — the most important — food! After being here for a few months she already has developed a mild addiction to kibbeling.


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