July 31st, 2015 |
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 the coldest and wettest in 30 years. Many days of almost fall-like weather drove the summer heat right out of the country.
That was an anomaly. Nevertheless, plan for sunny and warm weather, but have alternatives handy for rained-out days.
Amsterdam Weather August 2015
Update, July 27, 2015:
Saturday (1): Mostly sunny in the morning, and partially cloudy in the afteroon. Expect a mid-afternoon high of 22° Celsius (71.6° Fahrenheit). No rain expected.
Sunday (2) brings repeat of yesterday: sunny in the morning, partially cloudy in the afternoon. Warmer, though, with a high of 25° Celsius (77° Fahrenheit) around 4 pm.
Monday (3): Sunny and warm. It’s expected to be about 21° Celsius (69.8° Fahrenheit) by 8 am, and 33° Celsius (91.4° Fahrenheit) by mid-afternoon. It will still be about 21° Celsius (69.8° Fahrenheit) at 9 pm — along with a possibility of scattered thunder showers.
Tuesday (4) looks to be cloudy, with scattered rain showers possible throughout the day. Mild, thoug: around 19° Celsius (66.2° Fahrenheit) for most of the day, and a high of 21° Celsius (69.8° Fahrenheit) between 2pm and 4 pm.
Wednesday (5): Yet another mid-afternoon high of 21° Celsius (69.8° Fahrenheit). Partially sunny till then, and abundantly sunny between 5pm and 9pm.
Thursday (6) starts out sunny. Partially cloudy later on, with an afternoon high of 27° Celsius (80.6° Fahrenheit).
Long-rang forecast, Friday August 7 through Friday August 14: During the first few days there’s a 60-70% chance of a mostly-dry weather pattern. But, says the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, after the weekend there possibility of cooler weather — with now and then some rain — increases somewhat.
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)
We update this Amsterdam Weather in August information throughout the month.
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.
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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