A special weather record today: never before has it been so warm in the Netherlands since the measurements started so late in the year. In Gilze-Rijen a temperature of 35.1 degrees was reached this afternoon at 4.30 pm.
This has broken the September weather record by almost a whole degree. It stood at 34.2 degrees, measured on September 4, 1929 in Maastricht.
Seasons are shifting
“Of course you cannot separate this record from global warming”, says weatherman Peter Kuipers Munneke. “Last summer was according to the American weather organization NOAA the warmest ever in the northern hemisphere and that warming will continue for a while. “
“In the past hundred years it has become more than a degree warmer in the Netherlands in September and the seasons are shifting more and more,” says the weatherman. “The summer lasts longer and autumn is being pushed more and more towards winter. That will undoubtedly have consequences for nature. It will not take another 90 years before this record is broken again.”
Also record in De Bilt
A weather record was also set in De Bilt: never before has a tropical day been set so late in the year since the measurements began. The temperature rose to 31.4 degrees in De Bilt.
The previous record dates from 13 and 14 September 2016. It is only the sixth time since 1901 that the temperature rises above 30 degrees in September in De Bilt.
Rapid temperature drop in September
It is also the hottest Budget Day ever recorded. “But that is not entirely fair to compare,” says Kuipers Munneke. “Prinsjesdag has no fixed date and this time falls on the earliest possible day.” The day can fall between September 15 and 21.
Temperatures drop rapidly in September, according to the weatherman. “In September the average temperature drops more than 4 degrees, so on average on September 21 it is half to a whole degree colder than on September 15.”