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 realised 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 during a Dutch heat wave.
Things To Do During A Dutch Heat Wave
1) Try to separate your melted together hagelslag (which has probably now infused to form one giant deformed hagelslag).
2) Place bets on which colour code weather warning the day will end with. The extreme heat usually means an extreme apocalyptic style thunderstorm at some point.
3) Experience massive train delays as the entire transport network falls apart. This is probably because some important computer system somewhere melted.
4) Catch a breeze from a windmill. Just don’t stand too close.
5) Jump in a canal to cool down. Then realise it was a really bad idea when you unintentionally taste some of the water.
6) Cycle with your elbows raised in the hope of creating some kind of arm pit ventilation/breeze (less confident cyclists may wish to do this by alternating arms).
7) Enjoy an extended ‘rokjesdag‘ or (for the ladies) the often hit or miss ‘geen overhemd/korte-broek-dag’.
8) Start a barbecue and then realise 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.
9) Drink a summer beer before it evaporates.
10) Dress for any and every weather possibility the following day. Dutch weather is very unpredictable.
What are your tips for surviving a Dutch heat wave?