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.
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.
Plan for sunny and warm weather, but have alternatives handy for rained-out days.
During the month of July we had very good in Amsterdam. Sure, toward the end of the month the country got drenched in torrential rains, but overall thus far we’ve had a great year in terms of the weather.
It is expected to be dry, partially cloudy and sunny in the week leading up to August.
But while Friday, August 1st still looks good, there’s a 70% chance of rain on Saturday, August 2nd — the day of the hugely popular Gay Pride Canal Parade.
We’re still expecting midday highs of 24° C (75.2° F) on both Saturday and Sunday.
Long-term, the weather pros at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute say they’re a good chance that temperatures will be around normal for the time of year — with regular periods of sun, and now and then a (brief) shower.
Normal for the time of year is 22.8° C (73.04° F)
This information will be updated 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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