“Drench”. This is how Buienradar weatherman William Huizinga summarizes the situation this morning. “There was already a lot of rain last night and last night and locally 25 to 30 millimeters can be added today.”
Water on the road
On average, about 68 millimeters of rain falls throughout January. “The fact that in some places half a month of rain falls within 24 hours means that it is a wet place.”
According to Rijkswaterstaat, road users on various Dutch roads should take water on the road into account early this morning. This warning applies, among other things, to the A28 at the Hoevelaken interchange and to the A16 at Breda-Noord.
The radar shows how the rain is currently moving over the Netherlands:
Not only the rain, but also heavy gusts of wind throw a spanner in the works. According to Huizinga, traffic must take into account wind gusts of 60 to 75 kilometers per hour inland. “In the west of the country, from Zeeland to North Holland and the Wadden, there may be wind gusts of up to 90 kilometers per hour.”
In those coastal provinces, code yellow applies again this morning until 10 a.m. and later tonight, the KNMI reports.
The bad weather was predicted and Rijkswaterstaat already called on people last night to work from home as much as possible and if possible not to go on the road. “If you do this, keep in mind that the driving conditions are different during a heavy downpour,” said Rijkswaterstaat about the situation.
It will gradually become drier from the west this morning, says meteorologist Huizinga. “It will then be less stormy, but it will remain wet in the southern provinces. Tonight it may also rain again elsewhere in the country. We are not yet rid of the wet and turbulent weather.”