November 1st, 2014 | Last updated: November 28th, 2014
DutchAmsterdam.nl — The weather in Amsterdam during the month of November is best characterized by the word ‘turbulent.’
Update: November 28, 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 had an exceptionally mild first half of November — with at times Spring-like weather.
Sure, the second half brought colder weather, but overall we have had many rather mild days.
Interestingly, we have’t yet seen any of the winter storms November is known for. Come to think of it, there wasn’t much rain either. What is going on?
Of course, at the end of the month it normally is colder than it was at the start. Long-term averages show November starting out with a maximum of 11.2° Celcius (52.16° Fahrenheit), and ending with 7.9° Celcius (46.22° Fahrenheit).
What kind of weather can you expect in Amsterdam during the next few days? Lots of sunny periods, and near freezing temperatures, with a max no higher than 5° Celcius (41° Fahrenheit) and lows in the neighborhood of -1° Celcius (30.2° Fahrenheit) — though it will feel slightly colder than that.
From Tuesday on: more clouds, a bit milder, and now and then some rain.
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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