November is officially the driest since records began in 1906 with just nine millimetres of rain, the KNMI weather bureau said on Wednesday.
The previous record of 11 mm dates from 1920. In an average November some 82 mm of rain hits the Netherlands. The KNMI says the cause is an area of high pressure above Eastern Europe.
The entire autumn has been dry, reducing the level in important inland shipping routes. The level of the Rhine at Lobith, where the river crosses into the Netherlands, is 6.9 metres below normal, which is causing some problems for shipping.
Spring was also extremely dry, with just 49 mm of rain, compared with 172 mm in a normal year. This led to fire warnings in large parts of the country.
By contrast, the summer was very wet – the wettest in over 100 years with 333 mm of rain, compared with 225 mm in an average summer.
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