October Weather in Amsterdam: ‘It Can Freeze, Or It Can Thaw’
In ancient times the month of October was referred to in Holland as aarselmaand — hesitation month, as the weather hesitates between fall and winter.
“Het kan vriezen of het kan dooien,” (literally, “It can freeze or it can thaw”) the Dutch say — in an expression that means the outcome is uncertain: anything is possible.
That is quite true for the weather in Amsterdam during the month of October. The weather in Holland in notorious for being consistently inconsistent at any time during the year, and October is no exception. The day can start out sunny, only to quickly give way to showers and occasional gusty storms.
That said, in recent years October has had a fair share of gorgeous days — sunny, blue skies, and often even warm enough to enjoy an outdoor café.
And no, it won’t actually ‘freeze’ in October.
Amsterdam Weather October 2018
Updated October 21, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018 Sunny intervals throughout the day, with more sun (70%-75%) than clouds. No rain. Mid-afternoon high temperature around 16° Celsius (60.8° Fahrenheit).
Monday, October 22, 2018 Sunny intervals with more sun than clouds. No rain. Mid-afternoon high: 16° Celsius (60.8° Fahrenheit).
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Cloudy, overcast, and sunny intervals play tag throughout the day. No rain, but the mid-afternoon high temperature is only 14° Celsius (57.2° Fahrenheit).
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Cloudy and/or overcast all day. No rain. The afternoon high of 14° Celsius (57.2° Fahrenheit) will persist through most of the evening.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 Cloudy and/or overcast all day, although the sun may peep through a few times in the afternoon. No rain. Mid-afternoon high temperature about 14° Celsius (57.2° Fahrenheit).
Friday, October 26, 2018 Overcast from early morning through early afternoon. Then some sun (± 15%) in mid- to late afternoon, along with the possibility (50%-60%) of scattered, light rain showers throughout most of the afternoon. Midday high temperature: 12° Celsius (53.6° Fahrenheit).
Saturday, October 27, 2018 Sunny intervals from early morning through late afternoon, with about 40%-50% sun. There is 50%-60% chance of scattered, light rain showers from late morning through mid-evening. Today’s high temperature only 10° Celsius (50° Fahrenheit).
Note: in the night from Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, October 28 the end of Daylight Saving Time will take place.
Long Term Forecast
Sunday, October 28, 2018 through Sunday, November 4, 2018: A fairly big chance (around 70%) of a changeable weather pattern with afternoon temperatures below those normal for this time of the year.
Where this information comes from
Our weather information is based on long-term averages as reported by various meteorological services, including the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).
Average Low and High Temperatures in October
|Normal Average Low and High Temperatures in October in Amsterdam|
|October 1-10||9.2° Celsius (48.56° Fahrenheit)||16° Celsius (60.8° Fahrenheit)|
|October 11-20||7.4° Celsius (45.32° Fahrenheit)||14° Celsius (58.1° Fahrenheit)|
|October 21-31||6.6° Celsius (43.88° Fahrenheit)||12° Celsius (55.04° Fahrenheit)|
Tickets: Museums, Tours, Activities
Even though it is not the high season Amsterdam is very popular and crowded in October Get tickets for museums, tours, public transport ahead of time.
Did you know that the Van Gogh Museum, the most popular museum in the Netherlands, does not sell tickets at the door?
Amsterdam hotels are in high demand throughout the year. For the best rates (and to make sure you can even get a room) Book your hotel as early as possible.
In Amsterdam we’ve learned to live with this kind of weather: bright and sunny one moment; cloudy and rain showers the next. It’s not for nothing we’ve got so many cafes to pop in to.
Average Amsterdam temperatures in October
On average you can expect lots of grey days, some sunny days, and some rain. Guidebooks and websites can not seem to agree whether or not October is the wettest month, but you’ll want to use an umbrella on a regular basis.
The average high temperature is 13° Celsius (55.4° Fahrenheit), and the average night-time low is 4° Celsius (39.2° Fahrenheit) — while the average median temperature is 10.4° (50.72° Fahrenheit).
But note that on average the temperatures at the end of October are four degrees lower than at the beginning of the month. September is on average 4 degrees warmer than October, while November is on average four degrees colder.
The weather in the coastal regions of the country tends to be warmer and wetter than the weather further inland. Overall, October has some 60 hours of rain, and an average of 104 hours of sunshine.
The end of Daylight Saving Time
At the start of October the sun rises at about 7:45 am, and sets at about 7:20 pm. At the end of the month, when the country has reverted to wintertime, sunrise starts at about 7:35 am and sunset occurs at about 5.15 pm.
In 2018 summertime in the Netherlands started on March 25. It will revert back to wintertime — Daylight Savings Time will end — during the night of Saturday October 27 to Sunday October 28. That means you will get an extra hour of sleep (or, as the case may be, party time) since at 3:00 am the clock will be turned back to 2:00 am, Central European Time. Remember: spring forward, fall back. Currently in Europe there is quite a bit of discussion about the possibility of ending the Daylight Saving Time switch since it no longer serves a clear purpose. Our guess: it will end, but not any time soon.
In 2019 summertime starts Sunday, March 31, and ends on Sunday, October 27.
What to wear
Humid air and strong wind can make the weather in Amsterdam feel colder than it actually is.
You’ll want a wind- and waterproof jacket, and it is a good idea to dress in layers, including a sweater or sweatshirt and jacket. Stores, pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as cinemas and theaters will be warm, so you’ll need to be able to take something off.
Wear shoes instead of sandals or flip-flops.
Inexpensive umbrellas are for sale all over downtown Amsterdam so you don’t need to worry about bringing one. You get what you pay for, but generally the wind is not yet strong enough to trash your umbrella.
Right now (2018), the month actually starts out with an ‘Indian summer’ — unseasonably warm and sunny weather.
And then there are days like this (October 28, 2013):
Things to do
Amsterdam is at its prettiest when the sun in shining, but the city is beautiful any time of the year, come sunshine or rain.
Keep your schedule as flexible as possible so you can take advantage of good weather for outside activities, while you visit museums at other times.
If and when it rains you’ll likely want to pop into a pub for a coffee or a beer while you wait for the shower to end.
During this month the leaves on Amsterdam’s trees change their green color to hues of yellow, orange and red. Have your camera ready (with a camera rain cover, perhaps).