Weather Report: Summer has kick-started, will there be an official heatwave in the Netherlands?!

Heatwave in the Netherlands? it sure feels like it

Summer kicked off in the Netherlands on Sunday 23 June with temperatures of 28C and it’s even hotter today! It was nice transition weather as I had just landed in the Netherlands from a wintery New Zealand (albeit “winter” over there currently meaning a mild 11C…)

Temperatures today rose to 31-32C but thankfully the intense sun rays were diluted through veil clouds. People with sensitive skin, you’re in luck!

Temperatures on Tuesday will jump to 34C or higher; the cause for this being the warm air travelling from North Africa.

But will we see a heatwave in the Netherlands? Like an actual official one? Let’s see what the weather in the Netherlands is up to:

So the rest of the week? More heatwavey Netherlands?

Wednesday is set to remain hot and the Royal Netherlands Meterological Institute (KNMI) have activated the National Heat Plan for sustained heat. A heatwave is declared when there are five days in a row that reach 25C with three of those days needing to top 30C.


Thursday is anticipated to be warm enough to enjoy the summer temperature but not so hot that your day is dictated by access to air conditioned rooms. Temperatures are predicted to sit around mid-20C from Thursday onward as the wind changes direction and blows from the north instead. 

What can you do to make the most of the heat in the Netherlands?

Head to the park with some cold beers, check out a swimming pool near you or if you’re feeling more adventurous perhaps try paddleboarding on the canals, or just go swimming in the canals – it’s all good.

Any comments on the (possible) heatwave in the Netherlands? Any tips to tackle this unDutch-like hot weather? Share your tips and tricks for surviving a heatwave in the Netherlands in the comments or in our DutchReview group on FB!

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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