Frost?! During July? In the Netherlands?

When I gleefully hopped on a plane from Auckland to Amsterdam, I presumptively only packed one jumper. Surely the renowned European summer would see me wallowing in 30C temperatures?

Unfortunately, 16C temperatures have meant I have been thrashing my one and only sweater and wrapping myself in a blanket on the sofa each night whilst guzzling tea.

I could wail but at least I am not living in the eastern parts of the Netherlands as residents awoke to a frost covered landscape there this morning.

Disclaimer: Not an actual photo of the Netherlands in July Source: Pixabay Larisa-K

In Twente, a region in eastern Netherlands, the mercury dropped to -0.7C overnight. Nicolien Kroon from Buienradar explained to RTL:

“During the day the earth is warmed up by the sun. At night the earth radiates that heat again, causing it to cool down again. It cools at a much faster rate when it is not cloudy. In the east it was completely clear last night, making it quite possible cooling down.”

Usually, wind moves the cool temperatures on quite quickly but the stillness has allowed the cold to remain.

Thankfully, the temperatures are forecasted to rise next week.

Freya Sawbridge
Freya was born in Edinburgh but raised in New Zealand (cue every person she meets saying “oh I have always wanted to go there but it’s so far away!”). A restless and curious nature has led her to move countries 5 times in the last 3 years in attempt to find a place she can call home. She contacted DutchReview on a whim and arrived in the Netherlands in summer 2019 to start her internship.


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