So says Auke Spijkstra, president of the ice cream association Winterswijk against RTL Nieuws. “The scare I had came true: there is beautiful ice, we have about a centimeter and a half.” Several volunteers worked all night to prepare the ice.

“In different shifts that constantly alternated, we sprayed all night. With results. At the moment there are about 30 people on the track, but there is already a queue at the checkout. 50 people wanting to skate. Have a fantastic day.”

Spijkstra does not recall opening the track so early the previous year. And that may be true, says meteorologist Leander de Wit of Buienradar. A record has been broken: never in this century has it been so cold on November 20. “It was a lightning winter that briefly conquered our country,” says De Wit.

super clear weather

How is it possible? “An area of ​​high pressure formed over Scandinavia earlier this week, a bubble of colder air then moved over our country. This process already started on Friday evening, when the cold arrived But tonight it was mostly in the center and east of the country, super clear weather, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and there was hardly any wind. temperature could therefore drop further.

And that means it’s already colder today than it was all of last winter, with Twente being the coldest place in the country. There it became -8.8 degrees. “So this is the first moderate national frost of the year. On average, it doesn’t happen until around Christmas, more than a month later. So it can be called special from all sides. “

Thaw in the country

They love it in Winterswijk, they will be able to skate there at least until this afternoon. “But the thaw will make an attempt in the country today,” says De Wit. “It is already warming up in the southwest and in Limburg, where it will be around 6 to 8 degrees this afternoon. In Winterswijk the cooler air will hold, it will not warm up much further than 1 or 2 degrees there. The problem is that it’s going to rain there around 4 p.m. and then the skating will stop there.”

After possible snowflakes this afternoon around Flevoland and Overijssel, we will return to the “normal agenda” tomorrow. Although it will also remain quite gloomy tomorrow in the northern provinces. “It really can only be called winters this weekend. If I hadn’t had to work today, I could now also be found at the ice rink. Hopefully there will be more opportunities this winter, because next week will be ‘just’ fall again.”

This is how cold it is in the Netherlands right now: