Every Dutch summer is the same. At first it seems like there will be no summer at all. The weather is terrible. It rains. It’s cold. It’s cloudy. It rains some more. Then suddenly the entire country is hit by an intense heat wave as if summer suddenly realized it was late and is desperately trying to make up for lost time.
Such extreme heat can make it difficult to think sometimes. It is simply too hot. That is why I have written a handy list of things you can do when the next Dutch heat wave hits. This year’s heat wave might have already passed (or has it) but it is important to prepare for the next year.
Things To Do During A Dutch Heat Wave
1) Place bets on what colour code weather warning the day will end with.
2) Try to separate your melted together hagelslag (which has probably infused to form one giant deformed hagelslag).
3) Try to understand why sunny weather can cause such massive delays on the trains.
4) Set up a fan near an open window until you realize it’s essentially the same as setting up a window mounted hair dryer.
5) Jump in a canal to cool down and then realize it was a really bad idea when you unintentionally taste some of the water.
6) Hope that the extreme summer means an extreme winter and Elfstedentocht.
7) Spend more time in the Albert Heijn (simply because they have air conditioning).
8) Cycle with your elbows raised in the air in the hope of creating some kind of arm pit ventilation/breeze (less confident cyclists may wish to do this by alternating arms).
9) Enjoy an extended ‘rokjesdag’ or (for the ladies) the often hit or miss ‘geen overhemd/korte-broek-dag’.
10) Start a barbecue and then realize that being within 50 meters of it is like venturing into Mount Doom (This is probably why the majority of Dutch barbecues happen in 15 degrees cloudy weather).
11) Drink a summer beer (before it evaporates).