The lowest temperature in the Netherlands in eight years was recorded in the village of Hupsel, in the far east of Gelderland, on Monday night, when the temperature dropped to -15.4 Celsius.
That is the coldest it has been since January 16, 2013, when the freeze dropped to -18 Celsius in Herwijnen, also in Gelderland, broadcaster NOS reported on Tuesday.
The lowest Dutch temperature ever recorded was -27.4 Celsius, registered in the appropriately named Winterswijk in 1942.
The temperature during the day on Tuesday will range from just below freezing in the north, where there may be some light snow, to -5 Celsius in the south and east, the KNMI weather bureau said. However, it may feel far colder in the chilly easterly wind.
There will also be plenty of sunshine, and little change is expected in the coming days, with sunshine during the day and hard frosts at night.
Roads and rail
Conditions on the highways are improving, according to the transport ministry’s roads department, but there are still problems in some places and on secondary roads.
Train services are also getting back up to steam, although rail company NS has again urged travellers to delay all but essential journeys.
Some coronavirus testing and vaccination centres also remain shut, including the RAI testing centre in Amsterdam and several in Rotterdam, news agency ANP reported.