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Amsterdam weather in August

August: Sunniest of the three summer months

On average, August is the sunniest of the three summer months — though there really isn’t much difference in the total hours of sunshine during June, July, and August.

It also is the wettest month of the summer, but here again there’s only a slight difference between July and August.

But when it comes to Amsterdam weather in August, the news can be good or bad.

Waalseilandgracht

The Waalseilandgracht, near Amsterdam Central Station. On the far side, the street is called Kromme Waal. On the near side, Binnenkant. Typical Amsterdam August weather, by the way: sun, blue skies, with cumulus clouds

As always in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands, it’s hard to predict what the weather will be like. Long-range forecasts are something of a standing joke — and, come to think of it so are short-range weather forecasts.

That said, in 2009, 2012 and 2013 August was warm dry and sunny — whereas in 2010 and 2011 the month was cool, wet and somber.

Influenced by the aftermath of hurricane Bertha, half a world away, August 2014 was an anomaly: the coldest and wettest in 30 years. Many days of almost fall-like weather drove the summer heat right out of the country.

August 2015 was warm and quite wet, with more rain showers than usual.

Amsterdam Weather August 2017

Updated August 15, 2017

Wednesday, August 16 Cloudy and overcast skies with intermittent sunny spells. No rain. Mid-afternoon high temperature around 22° Celsius (71.6° Fahrenheit).

Thursday, August 17 Overcast and/or cloudy, with intermittent periods of scattered, light rain showers from about mid-morning through about mid-afternoon. Oh, and possibly some sunny spells in the early evening — some time between 7 and 8 pm. And yes, today’s high temperature of around 19° Celsius (66.2° Fahrenheit) occurs in the early evening as well.

Friday, August 18 Light to heavy rain showers from early morning through about mid-afternoon from heavily cloudy skies. Sunny intervals from mid afternoon through mid evening. Late afternoon high: about 20° Celsius (68° Fahrenheit).

Saturday, August 19 Sunny intervals, with the possibility of a light rain shower, or just some drizzle, around 2 pm. You’ll have to wait till the late afternoon for a high temperature of barely 18° Celsius (64.4° Fahrenheit).

Sunday, August 20 Sunny intervals, with a mid afternoon high temperature of around 21° Celsius (69.8° Fahrenheit). No rain.

Monday, August 21 Sunny intervals in the morning, giving way to beautiful sunny weather in the afternoon. No rain. Afternoon high: 23° Celsius (73.4° Fahrenheit).

Long term forecast, Tuesday August 22 through Tuesday August 29, 2017: High probability (70-80%) of a predominantly dry weather pattern with lots of sun and temperatures around those normal for this time of the year.

Normal Lows and Highs in August

1-10: 13.8/22.8° Celsius (56.84/73.04° Fahrenheit)
11-20: 13.4/22.4° Celsius (56.12/72.32° Fahrenheit)
21-31: 12.7/20.8° Celsius (54.86/69.44° Fahrenheit)

Use your time in Amsterdam wisely. Book skip-the-line tickets, tours, excursions, and more ahead of time.

What to wear in Amsterdam in August

You won’t need warm clothes, but a light sweat jacket may come in handy when it’s a bit too windy.

On warm days short sleeves and shorts or a skirt will do just fine.

Normally even rainy days are quite mild.

It can also be quite muggy at times.

Amsterdam August tips: mosquitoes, umbrellas

The humidity during the months of July and August turns Amsterdam into an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Pharmacies and some drug stores carry a mosquitoes repellent by the unlikely name of ‘Muggenmelk’ (literally, mosquitoes milk). Those whose blood is favored by the tiny pests swear that Muggenmelk provides the best defense.

You won’t need an umbrella. Should it rain for a bit, just pop into an eatery or a brown café where you can wait out the shower.

If it looks like it’s going to rain for a few hours, make your way to one of Amsterdam’s many museums.

Amsterdam Weather Facts: August

Temperatures
• Average lows: 12° C (54° F)
• Average highs: 22° C (72° F)

Sunrise & Sunset
• August 1 – 6:00 a.m. / 9:33 p.m
• August 31 – 6:49 a.m. / 8:32 p.m.

Rainfall
• Average: 65 mm (2.5 inches) in 72 hours

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This post was last updated: Aug. 15, 2017