Amsterdam weather in August

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.

Amsterdam weather in August

The Waals-Eilandsgracht, near Amsterdam Central Station.

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, August 22, 2015:

Saturday (22) Partially sunny throughout much of the morning and much of the afternoon, but a cloud cover from the late morning to the early afternoon. The high temperature of 26° Celsius (78.7° Fahrenheit) will hang around from noon well in the evening.

Sunday (23) Abundantly sunny throughout the day. 24° Celsius (75.2° Fahrenheit) at noon, and a high of 26° Celsius (78.8° Fahrenheit) from around 4 pm and into the early evening. Clouds move in around 7 pm, and just before midnight some light rain may fall.

Monday (24) Partially sunny for much of the morning. Hazy sunshine at times. Abundantly sun at other times. Today’s high of 22° Celsius (71.6° Fahrenheit) will hit around 2 pm. Scattered, light rain showers can be expected any time between 4-8 pm, but it will remain about 19° Celsius (66.2° Fahrenheit) through 9 pm.

Long-rang forecast, Tuesday August 25 through Tuesday September 1: Initially a bit cooler and possibly rain or scattered showers. It looks like later on the summertime weather pattern will return.

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)

arrow 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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