Saturday 23 January 2021

Storm Francis poised to hit the Netherlands, winds of up to 80kph expected

A tree brought down in a previous storm. Photo: Odi Busman

Summer storm Francis will hit the Netherlands on Tuesday evening, bringing wind speeds of up to 100 kph at sea, with rain and gales inland, weather bureaus say.

The KNMI meteorological office has issued a code yellow storm warning for coastal areas overnight, saying the wind could reach up to 80kph in the west.

In particular strong gusts of wind may bring down trees which have been weakened by the drought, weather bureau Weerplaza said. This is likely to be a particular issue in built-up areas.

The wind will remain gale-force overnight and into the morning, when some thunderstorms are also likely in the north.

People currently holidaying on campsites are also being urged to make sure their tents and caravan awnings are properly anchored.

The winds will die away in the afternoon and Thursday will be calm, dry and with sunny spells, Weerplaza said. There will be more rain again on Friday and at the weekend, with temperatures in the low 20s in the south, high teens in the north.

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