The Netherlands is preparing for tropical weather, great chance of a national heat plan | Inland

with videoThe Netherlands can prepare for a few tropical days. Various weather authorities are taking into account that temperatures will rise above thirty degrees from Monday. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is considering adopting the National Heat Plan. Rijkswaterstaat says that “there is a good chance” that the heat protocol will come into effect and the KNMI will announce code yellow for the southern provinces, a spokesperson expects.

Sebastian Quekel

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To be able to call a day tropical, it must be warmer than 30 degrees at one of the official measuring points in the Netherlands. There is an official tropical day when it also becomes 30 degrees or more at the main station in De Bilt, where it is currently 24.7 degrees.

Tropical temperatures are not expected to remain this weekend, Weerplaza reports. It will be typical Dutch summer weather, with temperatures of 20 to 24 degrees and a weak to moderate westerly wind. The sun shines regularly on Sunday and it will be a fairly warm summer day with little wind and 24 to 27 degrees from north to south.

On Monday and Tuesday, the Dutch have to wet their chest. According to weatherman Wilfred Janssen, we are dealing with ‘very warm air from southern Europe’. Especially Tuesday it can become tropical in many places with maximums above 30 degrees. In the southern regions there is even a chance of values ​​around 40 degrees. “This kind of extreme heat is often short-lived. Pretty soon after that, the temperature seems to take a step back. Whether this will be accompanied by rain and thunderstorms is still uncertain,” says Janssen.


The authorities are still keeping their hands open, but if the expectations come true, the Dutch will be asked to pay close attention. According to the RIVM, the predicted heat could be dangerous for ‘the elderly, babies, the chronically ill, overweight people, people in care homes and people in social isolation’.

The KNMI is expected to issue a yellow code for the southern provinces and points out that the heat can cause health problems for the elderly and people in vulnerable health. The institute advises people to drink enough water and to keep themselves and the home cool. It is also advised to limit physical exertion, especially in the afternoon.

Heat protocol

Rijkswaterstaat will probably put the so-called heat protocol back into operation for the second time this year. “That depends on how expectations continue to develop,” said a spokesperson. The heat protocol means that road users who end up at the side of the road with a breakdown are immediately helped. A recovery company is called in to take the stranded motorist to a safe location as quickly as possible, such as a gas station or a parking lot.

The measure applies to the provinces where, according to the KNMI, there is a great chance that temperatures will rise to 30 degrees or higher. Rijkswaterstaat advises road users to prepare well and to take sufficient drinking water with them. It is also wise to put an umbrella in the car. In the event of a breakdown, it can be used as a parasol while waiting.

According to the ANWB, many Dutch people go out when it gets hot. There is a chance that this will create traffic jams and it can get hot in the car. “We advise people to go out with sufficient drinking water and not to leave passengers in the car under any circumstances,” said a spokesperson.

Consequences for Four Days Marches

The expected tropical weather may have consequences for the Four Days Marches, which starts on Tuesday. The organization will decide on Sunday whether measures should be taken in connection with the possible very high temperatures. The Four Days Marches’ own meteorological service makes weather forecasts before and during the march that follow exactly the route where the walkers walk. According to march leader Henny Sackers, this is leading for any decision to take heat measures.

,,I have also heard of tropical temperatures of up to 40 degrees during the Four Days Marches. We have a so-called extreme weather scenario ready,” says Sackers. Measures that have sometimes been taken because of the heat are starting or finishing an hour earlier, letting soldiers walk without packing, advice on clothing and placing refrigerated buses along the route. “In a very extreme case, we could drop a day.”

In 2006 two hikers died after a very hot first day of walking. It is not certain whether they succumbed to the heat, but the Four Days Marches was canceled at that time. Since then, numerous experts have joined the event to advise the organization on specifics.

ANWB: peak traffic on roads through the North holiday region this weekend

Now that the summer holidays for the North region are approaching next weekend, the ANWB expects peak traffic on the roads in Europe. The union therefore advises people who go on holiday by car on Saturday or Sunday to leave in the afternoon.

The ANWB expects large crowds at Liège in Belgium. There, the road is closed in both directions due to construction work on the E25. In France, traffic jams are expected on Saturday morning on the Autoroute du Soleil, the highway from Paris to Lyon and Marseille. The route A10/A63 Paris-Tours-Bordeaux to Spain fills up during the morning.

The summer holidays for children in the south of the Netherlands will start next week. The summer holidays in the center of the country already started last week.


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