News of: Saturday, April 14 2007,

Earliest summer day ever in the Netherlands

Today is the earliest day in the year that the official summer temperature of 25 degrees Centigrade has been reached in De Bilt (the place where the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute is located).

The previous record of the first 'summer' day was April 15 in 1904.

Temperature measurements in the Netherlands go back as far as 1706.

Also for tomorrow and Monday temperatures of at least 25 degrees are expected, which makes it into a unique series of warm days in an April month.

Update April 15:
Yet another record has been broken. Sunday April 15 was the warmest April day measured since 1706. In the town De Bilt the temperature reached a value of over 28 degrees Centigrade, breaking the record of 1906.