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Mild winter comes to an end, two weeks of frost ahead

Thursday 10 January 2013

The Netherlands has not had such a mild winter since records began at the Bilt weather station in 1901, weather bureau Weerplaza.nl said on Thursday.

Over the past three weeks, the average temperature has been 8 Celsius, beating the previous record of 7.7 Celsius. It was also the cloudiest winter period since 1951.

However, that is set to change. The wind has now moved to the northeast, bringing in cold air and frost.

Weather forecasters say the freezing period due to start on Friday could last up to the end of the month but will be with us until at least January 24.

The temperature is set to plunge to up to -5 Celsius at the weekend and will remain around zero during the day.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

the little ice-age

By the exile | 10 January 2013 4:15 PM

I have really enjoyed this mild winter!

By David | 10 January 2013 6:53 PM

One thing I have learned throughout the years is that Dutch weather forecasters have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.

By Andrew | 11 January 2013 1:36 AM

@Andrew: I'm sure you'd appreciate someone calling your life's work something you have "absolutely no idea about". Would YOU like to predict chaos on a daily basis?? Do you even UNDERSTAND how difficult forecasting the weather is?!?!

By Stupid | 11 January 2013 6:18 PM

I actually find weer.nl to be quite accurate. So Andrew maybe look at that for your weather forecasting...

By Expatio | 11 January 2013 8:15 PM

Actually I do understand the challenges in predicting the weather. Given the proper education in the field of meteorology and the proper equipment you can predict within a pretty good degree of accuracy which makes me wonder how the get it wrong so often in NL... maybe lack of education? In North America when they predict 30 cm of snow that's about what they get. . Here the they predict 20cm -like in December - cancel trains and flights and then 1cm falls and lasts for one day.

By Andrew | 12 January 2013 1:17 AM

@stupid, the fact that chaos is unpredictable makes both you and Andrew correct. As a farmer I have had to depend a bit on forecasting, my experience is to make up you own mind it still works better than any of the super large computers they are using to "model" forecasting

By tobias | 12 January 2013 5:07 AM

Andrew: good question but I believe the location of NL makes reliable and regular forecasting impossible even with current meteorlogical science and equipment. The weather in NL is unstable due to all the dynamics of the location (jet stream, gulf stream, latitude, elevation, etc.). In North America the weather is much more stable and therefore predicable. Maybe there is a weather professional that can comment and set the record straight?

By KL | 13 January 2013 4:54 AM

Andrew in North America the chance of an error on an individual forecasters are a lot less than in NL Holland is tiny and the forecasters are even trying to narrow that to even smaller areas, no hope in hell. In the US and Canada the individual states are dozens if not hundreds of time larger and although very good the system to cover those areas is very different and difficult. not enough room on this forum to really discuss, sadly.

By toby | 13 January 2013 7:43 AM

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