This April is well on its way to becoming the warmest in 300 years, the AD reports on Wednesday.
So far the average temperature is 15.5 Celsius, compared with 8.3 Celsius in a normal year. And with it due to get warmer later in the week, the average will rise, says the KNMI weather bureau.
The current record dates from 2007, when the average temperature in April reached 13.1 Celsius.
April is also much drier than normal. Just 11 mm of rain has fallen in De Bilt near Utrecht, where the KNMI is based. On average, there is 45 mm of rain in April. Large parts of the central Netherlands, such as the Veluwe heathland region, are on alert for fires. There is also a ban on barbecues in many places.
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