Summer in Holland is rare. Some years it is skipped all together. Even when it does show up there is no guarantee that it will bring with it the kind of warm weather and cloud free skies normally associated with the season. So how can you tell when the Dutch summer has actually begun? Here are a few helpful clues.
Fourteen Ways To Know When It Is Summer In Holland
1) Wearing shorts seemed like a good idea. However, the deceptively sunny morning that convinced you to do so waits until you are too far away from your house to go back and then suddenly turns into a heavy rain storm.
2) A BBQ becomes a two man job. One person has to cook the meat while the other holds the umbrella.
3) Sun screen only becomes useful if it is water proof.
4) The official start and end of summer is June 21st to September 22nd but the actual start of summer can be any where in-between, for any random length of time, often stopping and restarting whenever it wants. Spring is usually skipped all together.
5) You can take several hours to eat an ice cream without any fear that it will melt.
6) The mosquitoes don’t stay away. They just put on an extra scarf.
7) You experience all four seasons in one day.
8) Schipol is under water.
9) Wearing sunglasses becomes an act of defiance against the weather.
10) ‘Sun Sightings’ become a thing and are treated with as much scepticism as unicorn sightings.
11) Additionally, everyone forgets what the “giant ball of fire in the sky” is and freaks out on twitter and Facebook whenever they see it for a brief second.
12) Ordering a summer beer suddenly seems ironic.
13) If you receive a post card from Holland it is slightly soggy and the ink is smudged with rain drops.
14) It rains!
(Bonus) In the rare event of a warm Dutch Summer here are a few of the things you can do to survive a Dutch heatwave.