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Heatwave continues, but cooler weather is on the way – The Northern Times

The Netherlands is experiencing a prolonged heatwave, with temperatures reaching up to 35 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country. The hot and dry weather has been caused by a high-pressure system that has been blocking the Atlantic winds from bringing cooler air.

According to Weeronline, a weather website, the heatwave will last until at least Friday, August 25, when a cold front will move in from the west and bring some relief. The weekend will be more pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 25 degrees and some showers possible.

However, the cold front will not last long, as another high-pressure system will build up over Scandinavia and bring warm and sunny weather back to our shores in the first week of September. The second week of September will see a gradual transition to more autumnal conditions, with lower temperatures and more rain.

The heatwave has had various impacts on the Dutch society and environment. Many people have been flocking to the beaches and lakes to cool off, but also facing traffic jams and crowded public transport. Some schools have shortened their hours or closed due to the heat. Farmers have been struggling with drought and crop losses. The water quality has also deteriorated, with algae blooms and fish deaths reported in some areas.

Advice for staying safe in hot weather

The following advice is being issued by the Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI) for staying safe in hot weather:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.
  • Stay in a cool place if possible.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Apply sunscreen to exposed skin.
  • Check on elderly or vulnerable people.

The KNMI is also urging people to be aware of the dangers of heatstroke, which can be fatal. Symptoms of heatstroke include a high body temperature, confusion, and seizures. If you think someone is suffering from heatstroke, call an ambulance immediately.

The heatwave is part of a global trend of rising temperatures and extreme weather events, which are linked to climate change. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), July 2023 was the hottest month ever recorded globally, with an average temperature of 16.9 degrees Celsius, 1.2 degrees above the pre-industrial level. The WMO also warned that the world is on track for one of the warmest years on record, with severe consequences for human health, food security, water availability, and biodiversity.

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