Due to a depression over the North Sea, Friesland’s beloved weatherman Piet Paulusma is predicting a summer storm to hit the north on Saturday.
“It is looking to be very windy, so let this be a fair warning for drivers, sporting events and tourists in the region”, Paulusma stated on Omrop Fryslan. According to Paulusma, the storm is caused by a depression above the North Sea. “The wind from the southwest will be stormy on Saturday in the Wadden Sea region and above the IJsselmeer with gusts of up to wind force 9 [on the Beaufort scale].”
Strong winds of up to wind force 7 or 8 are also expected to impact the lakes, coastal areas and inland reaches of Friesland. Paulusma is also predicting heavy showers, and connected the unusually strong weather system with climate change: summer storms of this caliber are becoming more common in the Netherlands.
Paulusma is a household name in Friesland and across the Netheralnds. He began his career as a meterologist in Friesland, and from 1996 through 2018, he also presented the weather forecast on national television. He closed every forecast with his famous Friesian catch phrase, ‘Oant moarn’, which means ‘tot morgen’ or ‘see you tomorrow’.