DutchAmsterdam.nl — The weather in Amsterdam during the month of November is best characterized by the word ‘turbulent.’
Update: November 15, 2014
This has been a year (longer, even) of warmth-records in the Netherlands, and though the temperatures in Amsterdam generally are a bit lower than those in the national forecast, life has been pretty good here as well.
We just had an exceptionally mild first half of November — with at times Spring-like weather.
We have not yet seen any of the winter storms this month is known for.
But it’s getting a bit colder, and this weekend you can expect to see lots of scattered (brief) rain showers.
The rest of the week should be drier. It will be rather cloudy, though, and you’ll see some brief rain showers from time to time. Now and then you’ll even see the sun, though, so keeps your cameras ready.
Oh, the nights will be clear, which means they will be colder. We’re talking midnight minimums of around 6° Celcius (42.8° Fahrenheit), and midday highs of 10-11° Celcius (50-51.8° Fahrenheit).
Long-range — Saturday November 22 through Saturday November 29: There’s a 60% chance that the changeable weather pattern — with lots of clouds and from time to time some rain — will hang around. Temperatures are expected to be around normal for the time of year.
Normal at the end of November means midnight lows of 4.1° Celcius (39.3° Fahrenheit), and midday highs of 9.3° Celcius (48.74° Fahrenheit).
The Dutch often refer to November as wind- or dolmaand — windy or crazy month.
Indeed, with winter on its way there are many days when a cold, drizzly rain is driven through the streets by gusty winds of up to 50 miles per hour.
Then again, as always is the case with the weather in the Netherlands, one could experience a pleasant, sunlit day with temperatures of 20° or more — or, at the other extreme, a -10° night with severe frost.
What to wear in Amsterdam in November
November normally is one of the wettest months in Holland, so a raincoat is must. An umbrella may come in handy, but only on those days when it’s not too windy — or if you have one of those handy, foldable windproof umbrellas.
You’ll want to dress in something warm enough to protect you from the cold, keeping in mind that the wind and the rain — anything from a steady drizzle to a steady downpour — can make temperatures feel lower than they really are.
Layer your clothes though. Quite often the weather will be milder than you’d guess from looking out of your hotel room window.
Also, when you pop into a warm café or restaurant you want to be able to take something off.
Amsterdam Weather Facts: November
• Average lows: 27° C (2.7° F)
• Average highs: 48° C (9° F)
Sunrise & Sunset
• November 1 – 7:37 a.m. / 5:12 p.m.
• November 30 – 8:26 a.m. / 4:32 p.m.
• Average 79mm (3.1 inches) in 72 hours
— – DutchAmsterdam.nl
While Amsterdam is a great city for walking, don’t be foolhardy about it. If there’s too much rain or you’re getting too cold, make a beeline for a museum, theater, or cinema. Scout a few out before you leave the hotel so you know where they are and what buses or trams can take you there.
Inclement weather also provides you with a good excuse to spend a few hours at one of Amsterdam’s cozy brown cafes.
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