The Dutch national weather agency (KNMI) has already announced that July 2006 will go down in the record books as the hottest month ever. It has been so hot that the announcement was made more than a week before the end of the month.
The warmest month before now was July 1994, when the temperature averaged 21.4 Celcius. This month the average has been 22.2 and the forecast for the coming week shows temperatures reaching the upper 20’s or lower 30’s all over the country.
A spokesperson from the KNMI said that the number of heatwaves in the Netherlands in the last fifteen years has risen dramaticially. He blamed this trend partially on global warming. In the Netherlands a heatwave is defined as a period of at least 5 consecutive days with temperatures at or above 25 C (77 F), with at least three of those having temperatures at or above 30 C (86 F).