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First Sunday of June as cold as Christmas Day

Coldest since 1975

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DE BILT - With a maximum temperature of 11 degrees Celsius, Sunday June 3 was the Netherlands’ coldest summer’s day since 1975. Meteorological service Meteo Consult reports that it was just as ‘warm’ on Christmas Day.

The maximum temperature was already reached early on Sunday morning, with temperatures dipping to just nine degrees around noon.

The unusually low temperatures were the result of dense cloud cover and continuous rain fall. The cloud cover blocked the sun, while the evaporating rain water caused temperatures to fall even further.

The coldest summer’s day ever to be recorded in the Netherlands was June 2, 1953, when temperatures did not rise above 9.2 degrees Celsius.

The long-term average for this time of year is around 20 degrees.