The warm and sunny weather of the last few weeks is set to be replaced by showers and cloud
As reported by RTV Drenthe, farmers and crops in Groningen and Drenthe have been crying out for water in recent weeks. In Drenthe, people have reported being buffeted by sand on all sides when driving past fields where farmers are working. Newly sown crops are dangerously dehydrated, the same with plants and grass in gardens across the North.
According to weatherman Roland Van der Zwaag, it will start to drizzle in Drenthe today around noon and more rain is expected to fall this afternoon. “A westerly current causes more wind and therefore also rain. It will be drizzly, and it will continue to rain the next night too.”
On Wednesday, too, nature can look forward to rain, although there will be sunny intervals. More rain will fall on Thursday. “It will be a real rain day.” The temperatures this week will sit around 13 degrees with a Northeasterly wind.
The Rijkswaterstaat is warning motorists of the dangers of slippery roads when the first rain falls, due to the long period of drought. Mixing road debris with raindrops creates a thin, slimy layer made from residues of oil, rubber and dust.
This smoothness is called ‘viscous aquaplaning’ and mainly occurs in light rains. In heavy rain, the dirt is quickly washed away.