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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.

cafe terrace

The terrace of Café De Pieper at Prinsengracht 424 in Amsterdam — as seen on a day in October

Amsterdam Weather October 2018

Updated October 16, 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Sunny intervals (more sun than clouds, actually) from early morning through just before mid-afternoon. Even sunnier from then on. No rain. Mid- to late afternoon high temperature: 22° Celsius (71.6° Fahrenheit). Yes, that’s quite warm for the middle of October.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Sunny intervals throughout the day — for the most part more sun than clouds. No rain. Mid-afternoon high about 20° Celsius (68° Fahrenheit).

Thursday, October 18, 2018 Overcast all day. No rain. Mid-afternoon high: 16° Celsius (60.8° Fahrenheit).

Friday, October 19, 2018 Cloudy, with now and then some sunshine. No rain. Mid-afternoon high temperature around 15° Celsius (59° Fahrenheit).

Saturday, October 20, 2018 Mostly cloudy, but with some sun in the late morning and late afternoon. No rain. Mid-afternoon high: 16° Celsius (60.8° Fahrenheit).

Sunday, October 21, 2018 A sunny day with a few clouds for good measure. No rain. Mid-afternoon high temperature around 17° Celsius (62.6° Fahrenheit)

Long Term Forecast

Monday, October 22, 2018 through Monday, October 29, 2018: A fairly big chance (60%) that we will see a transition to a slightly changeable weather pattern with temperatures slightly below the long-term averages 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).

November Weather

Average Low and High Temperatures in October

Normal Average Low and High Temperatures in October in Amsterdam
Date Minimum Maximum
August 1-10 9.2° Celsius (48.56° Fahrenheit) 16° Celsius (60.8° Fahrenheit)
August 11-20 7.4° Celsius (45.32° Fahrenheit) 14° Celsius (58.1° Fahrenheit)
August 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?

Hotels

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.

bicycle

In Amsterdam you park your bike with a plastic bag covering the seat — so it won’t get wet in the ‘inevitable’ scattered showers.

The end of Daylight Saving Time

Amsterdam Winter Time

At 3:00 am on October 28, 2018, the clock jumps back 1 hour — 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):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRAM7ml2r_E

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).

See Also

Amsterdam weather in other months

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This post was last updated: Oct. 15, 2018