April 1st, 2015 | Last updated: April 27th, 2015
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.
The bad news: April is a month with sharp contrasts.
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.
Starting today temperatures are expected to plummet to quite a bit below what’s normal for this time of the year. The weather pros say it will stay that way throughout the week.
Fortunately the Amsterdam weather forecast for today, Monday (27th), has become a lot more positive than it was just a few days ago. This national holiday — King’s Day, in honor of the King’s birthday — started before midnight will and last through the evening.
It will remain dry, and most of the day should be quite sunny or at least partially sunny.
Nevertheless, the midday high will be just 10-11-12° Celsius (50-51.8° Fahrenheit), and for much of the morning — and in the late afternoon — the windchill factor, due to gentle to moderate breeze from the north, will make it feel more like 4° Celsius (39.2° Fahrenheit).
Long-range forecast, Friday, May 1 through Friday, May 8: This week will see a continuation of the changeable weather pattern, along with temperatures below for the time of year. Gradually less change of rain, though.
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
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.
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).
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
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.
Average: 47 mm (1.8 inches) in 72 hours
What to wear in Amsterdam in April
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.
- 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 take 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.
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