12 March 2022, by Victoria Séveno

Meteorologists have reported that this year saw the Netherlands’ sunniest start to the month of March since records began, and the nice weather and mild temperatures are set to continue into next week with some parts of the country likely to see mercury hit 17 degrees. 

Could March 2022 be the Netherlands’ sunniest March ever?

On Wednesday, Weerplaza reported that the Netherlands saw between 85 and 88 hours of sunshine in the first 10 days of March, far surpassing the average of 39 hours for the first 10 days of the month and breaking the record of 72,4 hours set in 1976. 

“This year the sun shone 128 percent longer than usual,” a spokesperson told NU. So far this month, these blue and sunny days have been joined by double-digit temperatures for much of the country; Thursday saw the Netherlands enjoy its first official spring day of the year as temperatures exceeded 15 degrees in De Bilt, while temperatures hit as high as 17 degrees in some cities in the south.

At the end of February, many meteorologists predicted that this spring could be warmer than normal, and it certainly seems as though the country is off to the right start. In fact, experts say this month could be a record-breaking month: there’s a “good chance” it could be the sunniest March ever seen in the Netherlands!

Blue skies and warm temperatures on the cards for most Dutch cities

The pleasant conditions aren’t going to be anywhere soon, either, as this weekend will bring temperatures of between 12 and 15 degrees. There might be some cloud cover and a couple of rain showers, but moving into next week these should clear to make way for sunnier skies and temperatures of up to 17 degrees in Maastricht and Den Bosch, and even 18 degrees in Eindhoven!

Who knows how long this will last – it is the Netherlands, after all – so be sure to get out there and make the most of it! 

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