End-2017 may break warm weather records, but it will be wet and windy

Photo: Anne Lakeman

The end-of-year celebrations could be the warmest on record, with temperatures set to reach as high as 14 degrees in the south and 11 degrees in the Wadden Islands on December 31, according to weather bureau Weeronline.

However, the high temperatures will be coupled with strong winds and rain for much of the day and into the evening. Rain is most likely in the south and east of the country, Weeronline said.

If the temperature does beat 12.3 degrees at the De Bilt weather station on Sunday, it will be the sixth time a new record has been set for warm weather in 2017. The records were previously broken on March 30 and 31, May 17 and 27 and October 16.

On New Year’s Day, when thousands of people take a traditional dip in the sea, the temperature is likely to be around 9 degrees and there may also be some sun, Weeronline said. The KNMI weather bureau is not so optimistic and rates the chances of sun at just 20%.

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