05 March 2022, by Victoria Séveno

The past few months may have been fairly grey, but now that the meteorological winter has officially come to an end, experts report that the 2021 / 2022 winter season was actually one of the mildest in the Netherlands’ history!

2021 / 2022 winter saw dry and mild weather

With an average temperature of 5,8 degrees, this winter was 1,9 degrees warmer than normal, making it the sixth warmest winter the Netherlands has seen since records began at the start of the 20th century. The official record is held by 2007, with an average temperature of 6,5 degrees.

The Dutch Weather Institute (KNMI) recorded frost on only 22 days over the past few months, significantly fewer than the 35 frost days typically recorded in De Bilt. The Netherlands also failed to see any real snow (unlike last year), and while February was wetter than normal, both December and January were on the dry side.

This news doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as the Netherlands celebrated a particularly warm New Year’s in December, with the final weekend of 2021 breaking practically all national weather records. February broke some records of its own, with the country recording six consecutive storm days thanks to Dudley, Eunice, and Franklin.

Forecasts say the Netherlands should enjoy a warm spring

Now that the meteorological spring has officially begun, what weather can you look forward to over the coming months? Will 2022 resemble the sunny and warm spring of 2020, or will it be disappointingly chilly like 2021?

The experts over at weer.nl expect spring 2022 to be warmer than normal, although the projections aren’t completely certain. March is looking particularly optimistic at the moment, and “all in all, it looks like the chance of a warmer than normal spring this year… seems quite high.”

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