Large parts of the Netherlands will have to deal with temperatures of at least 30 degrees on Friday and Saturday. It can also turn warm tropical in the Southeast on Sunday. Rijkswaterstaat and ProRail, among others, are taking measures and the Dutch Rescue Brigade prepares for a busy weekend. But you can also take action on your own to keep your head and body cool. You can anticipate or take these actions on your own.
Rijkswaterstaat will put the heat protocol into effect on Friday (and possibly Saturday) between 10.00 and 20.00 For counties where the mercury, according to KNMI, rises to 30 degrees or more. At the moment, this concerns southern Holland, Zealand, northern Brabant and Limburg.
The protocol means that recovery companies assist motorists with breakdowns along the road as quickly as possible and take them to a gas station or parking lot.
Road users are advised to prepare well and take an adequate amount of drinking water with them. Concentration can decrease due to heat. It is also wise to bring an umbrella that can act as an umbrella while waiting in case of a breakdown along the way.
ProRail staff check the track during what’s called a heat check.
Extra trains to Zandvoort, ProRail beware of extremely hot tracks
NS will again run additional inshore trains to Zandvoort aan Zee this weekend. Between Haarlem and the seaside resort there are four trains instead of two per hour. As usual, there are two direct trains per hour from Amsterdam to Zandvoort.
A ProRail spokesperson stated that it is also taking action regarding warm weather. At temperatures above 25 degrees, the rail can reach 70 degrees. Steel expands with this heat, which can lead to buckles in the track. In order to prevent so-called track scattering, inspectors conduct preventive inspection rounds to detect any weak spots in the rails.
In addition, ProRail accident responders will take off additional water on board. If the train ran aground and had no electricity, causing the air conditioner to malfunction, it could bring water to the passengers. The Rail Manager also provides additional water for trains running on the High Speed Line (HSL).
Schiphol will distribute additional water to people who have to stand in long lines. The spokesperson said that people who may already have to call outside can stand under an umbrella. Travelers should consider long wait times at the airport next weekend (just like every day this summer).
The Dutch Rescue Brigade is expected to get busy this weekend.
Lifeguard Brigade: Always get used to the first day at the beach
You expect the Dutch Rescue Brigade to have a few busy days ahead, but is prepared for it. According to a spokesperson, there are enough staff to oversee the beaches and recreational areas. “We’ve trained a lot of new lifeguards,” he says.
The Netherlands has already had a number of beautiful days, but this weekend will be the first time people are flocking to the beaches again. The rescue brigade is of the opinion that such a “first day with great weather” always needs to get used to people every year.
Therefore, the service invites parents to pay close attention to their children and not let them go into the water on their own. The brigade also advises family members to agree in advance what they will do if they lose each other. Special 06 wristbands are available at rescue brigade locations that young children can wear to prevent missing persons.
Moreover, beach guests should take into account that the sea water is still very cold at around 16 degrees. Inland waters are warmer: about 20 to 22 degrees.
The sun’s high power, the combustion happened quickly
If you go out in the sun these days, it would be a good idea to use a good lubricant. The sun has a lot of power. On Friday and Saturday there will be a sun strength of 7 in many places. In the center and south of the country, this can rise to the strength of 8. These “exceptionally high values” are not uncommon in the Netherlands, according to Weeronline. With these values, sensitive skin can burn out within fifteen minutes.
It is also wise to drink plenty of water, especially water. It is better to limit the intake of alcoholic beverages. It is also advisable to avoid physical exertion between 12:00 and 16:00 as much as possible.
You can keep your home cool by using blinds, a fan, or an air conditioner. Close the blinds in rooms exposed to the sun. Keep the heat away by keeping windows and doors closed. What else can help: Hang a wet rag outside in front of the windows. Or hang wet laundry in the bedroom. This keeps the air moist and cool.
Do not leave animals in the car
Animals can also suffer from heat. It is definitely known that dogs overheat quickly. Animals can lose heat only by panting. This is why you should never walk a dog for long periods (let alone ride a bike) when it’s hot. Make sure your pet always has access to a bowl of water.
Also, never leave animals in the car, even if it’s only for five minutes. Police advise people who see an animal in a vehicle visibly affected by heat to call 112. In non-emergency situations, people can call the animal cruelty emergency line 144.
The national heat plan has not been launched. RIVM and KNMI only do this in consistently hot weather, with temperatures above 27 degrees. The heat will not last for long. Cooler air will flow over the country from the northwest on Sunday. In the southeast, mercury can still rise to tropical values. After the weekend, the temperature is more pleasant all around. Mondays will be between 20 and 25 degrees.