Another weather record: 24 October was the warmest ever in the Netherlands

According to data from Buienradar, yesterday was the warmest 24 October ever in De Bilt. The temperature rose to 19.6 degrees celsius during the afternoon. This is the fourteenth time this year that the daily temperature has been a record breaker.

The previous heat record for yesterday was 19.4 degrees, which occurred in 1995. Measurements have been recorded since 1901.

You may be wondering why temperature measurements are always taken from De Bilt. If a record is made there, it’s an “official” temperature record. If a higher temperature is recorded elsewhere in the Netherlands, then it counts as a “national” record, but not an “official” one. Basically, this is all done for consistency’s sake.

TRANSLATION: Another heat record in 2019! Today is the warmest 24th of October since measurements began. The fourteenth of the year… How strange is that? And does it have something to do with climate change?

This year there have been fourteen records made for the hottest daily average, but only one (from October 6) that was colder than average. According to Philippe Schambergen, a spokesperson for Buienradar, this is evidence of climate change. In an interview with RTL Nieuws, Schambergen noted that “[w]ithout climate change we would have had about as many heat and colder records every year, but in recent years we have had more and more heat records than colder records.”

Have you noticed the warmer weather this year? And what did you get up to yesterday? Let us know in the comments below. 

Feature image: Abuzer van Leeuwen/Supplied. 

Ailish Lalor
Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.


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