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.
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 24, 2017
Friday, August 25 Cloudy with sunny intervals throughout most of the day. No rain. Maximum temperature around 22° Celsius (71.6° Fahrenheit) in the late afternoon.
Saturday, August 26 Cloudy (around 65-70%) with sunny intervals. No rain. Mid-afternoon high around 23° Celsius (73.4° Fahrenheit).
Sunday, August 27 A sunny spell in the morning makes way to sunny intervals and/or slightly cloudier weather throughout the afternoon. Afternoon high may reach 21° Celsius (69.8° Fahrenheit).
Monday, August 28 Sunny intervals throughout the day, with a maximum afternoon high temperature of 21° Celsius (69.8° Fahrenheit).
Tuesday, August 29 Sunny in the morning. Cloudy in the late morning, and scattered, light rain showers throughout the afternoon. Today’s high temperature of 19° Celsius (66.2° Fahrenheit) occurs in the late morning.
Wednesday, August 30 Partially cloudy all day (meaning more clouds than sun), with intermittent and scattered light rain showers from late morning through mid-evening. Mid-afternoon high: 17° Celsius (62.6° Fahrenheit).
Long term forecast, Thursday August 31 through Thursday September 7, 2017: High probability (60%) that we’ll see a changeable weather pattern with maximum temperatures initially slightly below those normal ??for the time of year and later slightly better.
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
• 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.
• Average: 65 mm (2.5 inches) in 72 hours
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