Meteorological autumn begins with sunny late summer

THE HAGUE –
After a very warm August, the meteorological autumn starts on Tuesday. And although it still rains regularly, it will be pleasant summer weather at the end of next week, according to Weeronline. After Wednesday it will gradually get warmer, Friday it will be 21 to 24 degrees. Fall officially starts on September 21.

After an unstable last week of summer, the weather is calmer in the coming days. The wind dies down and the chance of showers is decreasing. The first two days of the meteorological autumn are mainly dry with cumulus clouds and there is also room for the sun here and there. Where the wind first carried cool air from the north to our regions, the wind now turns to the south-west and with that warmer air is brought in.

On Tuesday and Wednesday the temperature will rise to 18 to 21 degrees in the afternoon. This means that it is slightly less warm than usual in the first days of September. Normally it is 20 to 22 degrees. Because there is little wind, it is pleasant outside, especially when the sun is shining for a while.

Second hottest August on record

We noticed that it was warm in August. Thanks to the heat wave this month, August will go down in the books as the second warmest month of August on record. According to Weeronline, the average temperature in De Bilt was 20.4 degrees, while that is normally 17.5 degrees. Only in 1997 it got warmer: 20.5 degrees.

In the first half of August, the Netherlands was confronted with an official heat wave, which resulted in no fewer than nine tropical days. Never before has August recorded so many days with a minimum temperature of 30 degrees. The number of summer days, with temperatures of at least 25 degrees, is also higher than usual. In De Bilt it was seventeen times warmer than 25 degrees. The amount of sun was also slightly higher than normal in the past month. The sun shone on average over the country for 225 hours, against 195 hours normally. With 252 hours, Den Helder had the most hours of sunshine, Maastricht the least.

In The Hague it can sometimes be ten degrees warmer on hot days than elsewhere. Weerman Huub Mizee explains how this is possible:

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August was not only warmer, it was also a bit on the wet side. Nationally there was an average of 92 millimeters of rain, where that is normally 78 millimeters. That rain fell mainly in the second half of the month. During the heat wave, the precipitation deficit increased. Incidentally, the precipitation differences in the country were large. In the west, center and north it was soaking wet, there usually fell more rain than usual. While it hardly rained in some places in the east and south. More than 150 millimeters was measured in several places around the IJsselmeer.

View the current weather forecast here.

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