Liberation Day (May 5), when the Netherlands celebrates the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany, is set to be the coldest in 21 years with temperatures no higher than 11 Celsius, according to weather bureau weeronline.nl.
The skies will also be overcast, with rain in the south and central parts of the country. The only chance of sun will be in northern areas, the weather forecaster said.
This year’s Liberation Day marks 67 years since Germany surrendered and the end of World War II.
The celebrations will start in Wageningen where the Liberation flame will be lit shortly before midnight. Torches will then be taken by runners to other fires all over the country.
Germany signed the capitulation documents in Wageningen on May 5, 1945. The south of the country had been liberated months earlier.
Later on Saturday, the university town will stage the traditional military parade, featuring veterans and their vehicles, a parachute drop and gun salute.
Fourteen formal Liberation Day festivals are being staged all over the country: one in each of 12 provinces and one in The Hague and Amsterdam.