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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. In 2016 it was quite warm and sunny, while August 2017 was a tad ‘chilly.’

Amsterdam Weather Forecast, August 2019

Updated throughout August 2019

As a service to our readers we update this page with weather forecasts throughout the month of August.

Until then the general information on this page will be good guideline on what kind of weather to expect.

Long term forecast

The long term forecast will be available in August.

September Weather

Where this information comes from
Our weather information is based on long-term averages plus current forecasts as reported by various meteorological services, including the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

Average Low and High Temperatures in August

Normal Average Low and High Temperatures in August in Amsterdam
Date Minimum Maximum
August 1-10 13.8° Celsius (56.84° Fahrenheit) 22.8° Celsius (73.04° Fahrenheit)
August 11-20 13.4#176; Celsius (56.12° Fahrenheit) 22.4° Celsius (72.32° Fahrenheit)
August 21-31 12.7° Celsius (54.86° Fahrenheit) 20.8° Celsius (69.44° Fahrenheit)

Tickets: Museums, Tours, Activities

Amsterdam is extremely busy in August. Get tickets for museums, tours, public transport ahead of time.

Did you know that the Van Gogh Museum, the most popular museum in the Netherlands, does not sell tickets at the door?

Hotels

Amsterdam hotels are in high demand throughout the year. For the best rates (and to make sure you can even get a room) Book your hotel as early as possible.

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: Jul. 5, 2019