The climate of Zeeland
climate of Zeeland is one of the most pleasant in the Netherlands.
Zeeland also gets the largest amount of annual hours of sunshine. This
means the weather should not negatively affect your visit to this
beautiful province with its unique culture and places of interest.
Every year the beaches of Zeeland attract many tourists from the
Netherlands and from abroad. They are the main attraction in Zeeland.
Not only during the summer, because who doesnít like to stroll along
the beach on a winterís day and have a cup of hot chocolate in one of
the beach pavilions afterwards. The pleasant climate of Zeeland causes
this province to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in
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Summer in Zeeland
Zeeland gets the largest amount of
annual hours of sunshine in the Netherlands. During the warmest days
an ever blowing sea breeze offers some cooling. This combination
causes the climate of Zeeland to be one of the most pleasant in the
Netherlands during the summer. During sunny days temperatures are high
enough to spend your day on the beach. On the other hand, temperatures
are also pleasant enough for an active holiday. The temperature of the
North Sea and other waters in Zeeland are pleasant enough to go
swimming. However, do not expect tropical temperatures. During the
summer the temperature of the sea is about 20 degrees Celsius (59.0
Rain and wind
Because the Zeeland province is
situated on the sea and the landscape is very flat the wind can blow
freely and rain clouds do not dissolve. During the winter this
influences the climate of Zeeland. During the summer a fierce wind
coming from the sea may affect the weather. During these days it is
almost impossible to spend your day on the beach without a windscreen.
During the largest part of the year the wind comes from the sea. When
the wind comes from the land temperatures are a few degrees lower.
Precipitation is quite evenly spread out over the year. The first part
of the year is slightly wetter than the second part on average.
Because Zeeland has a moderate
maritime climate extremes in weather are uncommon. Temperatures far
below freezing point are uncommon and tropical temperatures are
tempered by the presence of the North Sea. However, periods with
extremely high precipitation figures are not uncommon. These figures
may be so high that it is impossible for the farmers to work their
The flood of 1953 was caused by a combination of a spring tide with a
north westerly storm. This caused dikes to break and the water to flow
freely into the lower areas of Zeeland. This was the fourth time on
record this happened. The first time this happened was recorded in
1421. The Delta Works should prevent a fifth time from happening.
The influence of the water
The North Sea, Easter Scheldt, Wester
Scheldt and other waters in Zeeland all affect its climate. sometimes
this influence is positive, sometimes negative but it is always there.
Because of this influence longer periods with subzero temperatures are
uncommon and temperatures are somewhat tempered during the summer.
Over the past few centuries the people of Zeeland have learned to live
with the sea. Because of this they know the sea may give and the sea
may take. Consequently the Zeeland flag shows the coat of arms of
Zeeland in the center with a lion rampant in wavy blue lines
representing the waves and the constant struggle against the sea.
Best traveling periods
The best period to visit Zeeland is during the summer. during the
summer the tourist industry is at its peak and there is always
something to do in this province. The only disadvantage of visiting
Zeeland during the summer is that it may be very crowded. There will
be lines of people waiting at most attractions and the beaches are
anything but abandoned. In most cities and villages fairs and markets
are held where you can buy products which are typical of this
you like some peace and quiet the best periods for visiting Zeeland
are spring and fall. During most days the climate is still pleasant
enough for outdoor activities. However, there is also the possibility
that you can hardly go outdoors during your stay because of bad
The beach during the winter
On the website
www.whatstheweatherlike.org you can find extensive
information and statistics about the climate and weather in Zeeland as
well as several cities such as: Middelburg, Domburg, Vlissingen and
the climate of Zeeland
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