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.
October 2017 Amsterdam Weather Forecast
Wednesday, October 25 Partly cloudy all day, with an afternoon high of 16° Celsius (60.8° Fahrenheit). No rain.
Thursday, October 26 Cloudy in the morning, partly cloudy during the afternoon. No rain. The midday high temperature is about 15° Celsius (59° Fahrenheit).
Friday, October 27 Cloudy in the early morning, giving way to sunny intervals through the rest of the day. No rain. Mid afternoon high temperature around 13° Celsius (55.4° Fahrenheit).
Saturday, October 28 Cloudy or overcast, possibly with some sunny intervals from late morning through early afternoon. Afternoon high about 12° Celsius (53.6° Fahrenheit). Possibly some scattered, light rain showers from mid- through late evening.
Sunday, October 29 At 3 am: the end of Daylight Savings Time. Cloudy in the morning and evening. In between partly sunny or sunny intervals. Possibility of a brief, (very) light rain shower in the afternoon. Today’s high temperature: just 11° Celsius (51.8° Fahrenheit).
Monday, October 30 Cloudy or partly cloudy, with an early afternoon high only just reaching 11° Celsius (51.8° Fahrenheit). No rain.
Tuesday, October 31 Overcast all day. Possibility of some light rain in the afternoon. The high of 10° Celsius (50° Fahrenheit) will occur in the late afternoon.
Long-term forecast, Wednesday November 1 through Wednesday November 8, 2017: 60% probability that we’ll have slightly changeable weather with maximum temperatures a single degree below long-term average values.
Normal Lows and High in October
1-10 9.2-16° Celsius (48.56-60.8° Fahrenheit)
11-20 7.4-14.5° Celsius (45.32-58.1° Fahrenheit)
21-31 6.6-12.8° Celsius (43.88-55.04° Fahrenheit)
Book your Amsterdam museums, excursions and activities ahead of time:
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 2016 summertime in the Netherlands started on March 27. It will revert back to wintertime in the night of Saturday October 29 to Sunday October 30. 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.
In 2017 summertime starts Sunday, March 26, and ends on Sunday, October 29.
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.
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 jacket, perhaps).