DutchAmsterdam.com — After six months of below-average temperatures, July 2013 will be remembered for its extended heatwave.
But thus far, August has brought us lots of typically Dutch summer weather: blue skies, dotted with — for the most part — white cumulus clouds, and as the weather service puts it: now-and-then and here-and-there some showers.
Mind you, the showers tend to be brief, unless it’s one of those days on which it simply rains for long periods at a time.
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, though there’s only a slight difference between July and August.
As always in Holland, it’s hard to predict what the weather will be like — and long-range forecasts are something of a standing joke. (Come to think of it, so are short-range weather forecasts.)
That said, in 2009 and 2012 August was warm, 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.
On sunny days the blue skies and puffy cumulus clouds can make for dramatic pictures. Try to stand with your back toward the sun in order for the bluest skies to show up in your photographs.
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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