Amsterdam weather in April

DutchAmsterdam.nl — April in Amsterdam brings good news and bad news when it comes to the weather.

The good news: this is normally the driest month of the year. It does rain, but the spring showers are usually short-lived and not too wet.

April in Amsterdam

Canalside terrace, Singel, Amsterdam

The bad news: April is a month with sharp contrasts.

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April doet wat hij wil, the Dutch say. It means that ‘April does whatever it wishes to do,’ which can include anything from abundant sunshine and almost summertime temperatures to, well, snow on the ground.

Erratic weather, from day to day and sometimes hour to hour.

Updated, April 28, 2016

It’s official: This is the wettest April in fifteen years, and it ain’t over yet.

Thursday (28) Variably cloudy, partial sun from time to time, and scattered light rain, drizzle throughout the day — plus hail and/or thunderstorms in the morning. High temperature 9° Celsius (48.2° Fahrenheit), but you should count on 6° Celsius (42.8° Fahrenheit) for most of the day, and realize the feels-like temperature is 3-5 degrees lower than that. Welcome to April weather.

Friday (29) Heavy clouds, with scattered light rain or drizzle. Possibly some partial sun in the late afternoon. No warmer than 8° Celsius (46.4° Fahrenheit).

Saturday (30) Sunny, hardly any clouds. High temperature of 10-11° Celsius (50-51.5° Fahrenheit). No rain.

For more days and the long term forecast, see the Weather in May.

This is the ideal time to see Holland’s famous tulip and flower fields and gardens

Normal highs and lows in April:

1-10: 3.8 – 11.6° Celsius (38.84 – 52.88° Fahrenheit)

11:20: 4.2 – 12.6° Celsius (39.56 – 54.68° Fahrenheit)

21-30: 6 – 15.2° Celsius (42.8 – 59.36° Fahrenheit)

This information will be updated throughout the month of April

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Queen’s Day King’s Day Weather

But what everyone wants to know this time of year is: What will the weather be like on King’s Day (formerly: Queen’s Day)?

We’re talking about the world’s biggest street party — when millions of Dutch people (wearing something orange, of course) take to the streets and canals to celebrate the King’s birthday.

Queen's Day 2013.  Nowadays it's King's Day.

Queen’s Day 2013. Nowadays it’s King’s Day.

King’s Day will take place on April 27, the King’s birthday.

We’ve often had good weather. But at times there have been grey skies as well — which tends to make for a somewhat less abundant party atmosphere. (‘Somewhat less’ is relevant. You haven’t seen a party this big anywhere else).

See Holland’s Tulip & Flower Fields and Gardens

If you like tulips and other flowers, April is an ideal month in which to visit Amsterdam.

Excursions to the nearby tulip and bulb fields, as well as the world-renowned Keukenhof (known as the Garden of Europe, one of the world’s largest flower gardens) are popular with tourists and locals alike.

And you can’t miss a visit to the the Aalsmeer Flower Exchange — the world’s largest flower auction.

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See Holland’s world famous tulip and flower fields [Click for details]

Sunshine!

Note that on average in April the sun shines on Amsterdam 177 hours.

That works out to 43 per cent of the time that it could possible shine — a marked improvement over the 33 per cent we normally get in March.

Amsterdam Weather Facts: April

Temperatures
• Average lows: 3.3° C (38° F)
• Average highs: 12.8° C (55° F)

Sunrise & Sunset
• April 1 – 7:16 a.m. / 8:13 p.m
• April 30 – 6:13 a.m. / 9:02 p.m.

Rainfall
• Average: 47 mm (1.8 inches) in 72 hours

What to wear in Amsterdam in April

Two men take advantage of the sun to get some work done at the crossing of two car-free streets in the center of Amsterdam

Two men take advantage of the sun to get some work done at the intersection of two car-free streets in the center of Amsterdam

You’ll want to come prepared for bright, sunny weather and warm spring-time temperatures. Or bright, sunny weather and low temperatures. Or the type of storms that make you think it’s fall.

In other words, try and determine what kind of weather the day brings and dress accordingly. Dress in layers so you can add or subtract something if and when the weather changes.

A light jacket is a good idea.

You can pick up inexpensive umbrellas just about anywhere, but if you do encounter a spot of rain simply make a beeline into the nearest café — just like the Dutch do.

Tips

  • On warm, sunny days Amsterdammers come out in droves in order to shop, relax in a park, or people watch at outdoor cafés. It’s a good idea to join them. You’ll hear Dutch people say something like, “Zullen we een terrasje pakken?” which means “Shall we sit on a terrace?” (literally, ‘shall we take a terrace’). By all means, do the same. Here’s how to order a beer in Amsterdam.
  • Take advantage of the lengthening days — courtesy of nature and helped a bit by the ‘Summer Time’ (Daylight Saving Time) that started the last Sunday of March. At the beginning of April sunset is around 8pm, and by the end of the month it stays light out till about 9pm.

See also
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