DutchAmsterdam.nl — It’s official: according to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) 1, Holland experienced its coldest spring in 40 years.
Sure, we had a few sunny days — but even then it remained relatively cold.
Fortunately, June started out quite nice — with lots of sun, albeit also with lots of those characteristic Dutch clouds (and a rather chilly wind from the north).
Then we had some ‘stable, rather sunny weather’. That’s weather-pro speak for ‘partially cloudy,’ though you we did enjoy several days of blue skies and abundant sunshine.
We were promised pounding sun and sweltering heat for two days this week — but that turned out to be true only for the south and east of the country. Amsterdam remained rather overcast, and for the past two days it’s been raining quite a bit.
Sure enough, KNMI’s website sports that age-old weather forecast the Dutch know by heart: Through Thursday the 27th we can expert periods of sun interspersed with showers.
Afternoon temperatures will hover at around 16° Celcius (60.8° Fahrenheit) — relatively cool for July.
The long-range forecast, through July 5th, says there’s a high probability (around 70%) for this ‘changeable weather pattern’ to continue — with maximum temperatures a few degrees below what is normal for the time year.
Normal for June
The normal average temperature during the month of June in Amsterdam is 15° C (59° F).
This is a good month to visit Amsterdam. Overall you can expect quite a bit of sunshine, with lots of blue skies.
You can, of course, expect a rain shower every now and then, but don’t let that stop you. Investigate a variety of activities ahead of time and be prepared to select one at the spur of the moment, depending on the weather.
Mind you, the Dutch grew up with this more of less steady weather forecast: In the morning sunshine and here and there’ some rain; in the afternoon sunshine with now and then a shower.
A brilliant forecast, come to think of it.
Amsterdam Weather Facts: June
• Average lows: 10° C (50° F)
• Average highs: 20° C (68° F)
Sunrise & Sunset
• June 1 – 5:25 a.m. / 9:21 p.m
• June 30 – 5:22 a.m. / 22:06 p.m.
• Average: 73 mm (2.9 inches) in 72 hours
What to wear in Amsterdam in June
For the most past it’s shorts and T-shirts weather — or, as the case may be, skirts and tops or summer dresses. Short sleeves!
Jeans, light slacks, or — if you tend to be on the cold side — light sweats are fine, too, especially at night.
As always you should plan for a mix of weather: lots of sunshine interspersed with (brief) showers and/or overcast days.
Don’t go overboard with the rain gear. The weather is mild, even when it rains and/or is overcast.
You’ll just have to play it by ear. If it looks like it’s going to rain for quite some time, visit a museum and/or catch a movie. If only showers are expected, enjoy the outdoors and pop into a pub, coffeeshop (or coffee house) or an eatery for a while.
Just remember: your pictures will have the bluest skies when you shoot them while standing with your back turned toward the sun. Otherwise the sky tends to come out rather white.
- Dutch: Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut ↩
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