This week will be cold and dry, with nighttime temperatures hitting zero

This week you can expect to emerge from your house to frosted cars, with night temperatures often reaching freezing point. During the day, temperatures will be average for the time of year: a balmy 10 degrees.

People living in the south or east of the Netherlands will have already noticed this morning that it’s time to bring that scraper out with you to defrost the car in the morning. Over the coming days, the rest of the Netherlands will need to do so as well. It’s time to get those scarves and gloves out, and maybe some hot chocolate as well: winter is well and truly on its way.

Dry and clear, despite the chill

This comes after a tropical weekend, with some mythical locations reaching 20 degrees. Over the next few days, the warm weather will be chased out by the cold, with some places in Gelderland, Limburg and Brabant reaching lows of minus 2 degrees tonight. The rest of the country can expect some frost as well. But on the plus side, it should remain dry and pretty clear, despite the chill. So you’ll at least be able to see to the other side of this flat country while you freeze.

Frosty cars, roads will remain clear

Until Thursday, the daily temperatures will be around ten degrees, and at night the temperature will drop to zero. We don’t need to worry about slippery roads just yet, as the residual warmth from the day will keep the ground too warm for frost to form on it. However, because cars are made from metal and glass, they cool much faster- so again, get that scraper at the ready.

Weekend: warmer, but also rainier

From Friday onwards temperatures will rise, but the weather will also be more changeable. The start of the week will be cold and dry, but the weekend will be wet and (kind of) (sort of) warm. Expect temperatures of about 13 or 14 degrees during the day, and 6 degrees at night. So we’re back to typical Dutch weather: rain. So much rain. 

How to enjoy life despite the weather

If all this wintery weather talk gives you the chills (literally) then it’s time read our guide to to figuring out how to enjoy terrible Dutch weather. Our tops tips? Make plenty of tea, snuggle up on the couch with a good book, complain about the weather to your neighbours to foster a sense of community, and get your cat a rain jacket. This applies even if your cat is an indoor cat, because it will make your heart at least five degrees warmer.

Are you excited for the weather to get more wintery? Or are you already dreaming of summer? Let us know in the comments below!

Feature image: Video Girl/Needpix.

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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