Easter of 2011 breaks heat record in the Netherlands

Easter of 2011 breaks heat record in the Netherlands

The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute KNMI has never recorded such a warm Easter in the Netherlands at their home base the Bilt this year.

In the afternoon the mercury in the Netherlands rose above 25 degrees Celsius.

The previous record dates back to 1949 when during Easter weekend of 16,17 and 18 April it was 24.5 degrees in the Bilt and the Netherlands had to deal with similar weather conditions.

This makes our region of the warmest in Europe. The Netherlands was also hotter than Madrid, which only managed to reach temperatures of 16C, and Paris, which was slightly warmer at 26C.

The coming days will be nice weather. Easter Monday will be dry and sunny with 19 to 24 degrees.

Blessed be the Dutch in the spring of 2011, for we are the warmest place in Europe. We are now in the fourth week of what is the warmest April on record. The days have been almost continuously sunny this April.

This will, for many of us, be nothing less than the defining spring of our lives.

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