From: Reuters
Published December 28, 2007 09:52 AM

Netherlands has another record warm year

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The average temperature in the Netherlands in 2007 matched 2006, the warmest year in 300 years, and the Dutch meteorological institute said it was a sign of global warming.

The average temperature in 2007 was 11.2 degrees Celsius (52.16F) which, along with 2006, is highest average since Dutch temperatures were first measured in 1706, the KNMI institute said on Friday. The normal annual average is 9.8 degrees.

"The most important reason for the recent high temperatures is the slow global warming of the climate," KNMI said.

Dutch temperature records are among the oldest in the world.

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Eight out of the ten warmest years in the Netherlands were after 1988.

(Reporting by Gilbert Kreijger; Editing by Stephen Weeks)

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