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.
Plan for sunny and warm weather, but have alternatives handy for rained-out days.
Amsterdam Weather August 2014
Update, August 17, 2014:
Since June 2013, every month — with two exceptions — has seen above-average temperatures in Amsterdam.
But August 2014 has broken that trend. Normally one of the warmest months of the year, this August is shaping up to be the coldest and wettest in 30 years.
Influenced by the aftermath of hurricane Bertha, half a world away, we’ve seen a few days of almost fall-like weather.
Rain- and thundershowers, some rather intensive, have driven the summer warmth out of the country.
The weather professionals say that at least through Saturday, August 23 we will continue to have cool, below-average temperatures for the time of year.
Normal average midday highs for this time of the month: 22.4° C (72.32° F) and lows 13.4° C (56.12° F).
Instead, you can expect highs of about 19° C (66.2° F) and lows around 11° C (51.8° F).
We will see the sun from time to time, but there’s also ample opportunity to get acquainted with Holland’s notorious ‘here-and-there and now-and-then rain showers’ weather. Just realize that without it Holland wouldn’t look nearly as green.
Long-term — Sunday August 24 through Sunday August 31 — there’s a 70% chance that this cool-with-scattered-showers situation will continue.
On the other hand, there’s a 20-30% chance that temperatures will return to average for the time of year, with fewer showers.
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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