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Amsterdam Weather in November

DutchAmsterdam.nl — The weather in Amsterdam during the month of November is best characterized by the word ‘turbulent.’

Overcast skies are common in Amsterdam during the month of November

Overcast skies are common in Amsterdam during the month of November

Updated November 20, 2016

Note: Subtract about 3-6 degrees to arrive at the wind chill factor.

Monday (21) Overcast, with scattered light rain or drizzle throughout the day. Afternoon high temperature around 12° Celsius (53.6° Fahrenheit).

Tuesday (22) Quite cloudy, but we may see the sun from time to time. It is expected to remain dry, and we can look for an early afternoon high of 12° Celsius (53.6° Fahrenheit).

Wednesday (23) Heavily clouded, but dry. Mid-afternoon high around 11° Celsius (51.8° Fahrenheit).

Thursday (24) Quite cloudy, but possibly some partial sunshine every now and then. No rain, but it won’t be warmer than the afternoon high of about 9° Celsius (48.2° Fahrenheit).

Friday (25) Hazy clouds in the morning may give way to a rather sunny day from the late morning through the late afternoon. Various weather forecast services foresee anything from between 5-8° Celsius (41-46.4° Fahrenheit) during the afternoon — and a feels-like temperature ranging between -2-3° Celsius (28.4-37.4° Fahrenheit)

Saturday (26) Partly cloudy, possibly with some sunny spells. Scattered light rain or drizzle possible throughout much of the day. Mid-afternoon high around 5° Celsius (41° Fahrenheit)

Long-term forecast: Sunday November 27 through Sunday December 4, 2016 Gradually increasing chance (10-50%) of rain showers, with temperatures at of slightly below those normal for the time of year.

A word of advice: Keep in mind that the ‘feels like’ temperature (windchill factor) generally is 4-6 degrees lower than listed temperatures.

Other than that: Realize that Dutch weather is notoriously difficult to predict.

The info on this page is based on long-term records reported by the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI), one of the oldest weather reporting organisations in the world.

Normal low and high temperatures in November

1-10: 5.6 – 11.2° Celsius (42.08 – 52.16° Fahrenheit)
11-20: 4.1 – 9.3° Celsius (39.38 – 48.74° Fahrenheit)
21-30: 3 – 7.9° Celsius (37.4 – 46.22° Fahrenheit)

Book your Amsterdam museums, excursions and activities ahead of time:

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 — unless you have one of those 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.

Keizersgracht in Amsterdam on a nice November day

Keizersgracht on a nice November day

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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This post was last updated: Dec. 5, 2016