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Amsterdam weather in February

What is the weather like in Amsterdam in February?

DutchAmsterdam.nl — February is the coldest month throughout the Netherlands, and the coldest time of the year to spend in Amsterdam.

The average high temperature is 6° Celsius (42.8° Fahrenheit), and the average low temperature is 0.5° Celsius (32.9° Fahrenheit).

The wind chill factor usually makes the feels like temperature 3-4 degrees colder.

The good news is that February is one of the driest months, second only to April which normally sees the least precipitation.

Thus far the winter of 2018 has been rather mild, by the way. We did have some snow on the ground for a couple of days in December, but none in January.

Prinsengracht, Amsterdam

When the trees are bare it’s much easier to see and photograph the beautiful gables, such as here on Prinsengracht

Amsterdam February Weather Forecast

Updated February 14, 2018

Due to the windchill factor the feels like temperature will usually be 3-6 degrees colder.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Overcast or cloudy, with scattered light rain showers from before dawn through mid afternoon. Mid afternoon high around 9° Celsius (48.2° Fahrenheit).

Friday, February 16, 2018 Sunny, or sunny intervals, from early morning through late afternoon. No rain. Afternoon high: 7° Celsius (44.6° Fahrenheit).

Saturday, February 17, 2018 Early morning clouds give way to sunshine from about mid morning through late afternoon. No rain. High temperature around noon about 8° Celsius (46.4° Fahrenheit).

Sunday, February 18, 2018 Cloudy in the morning. Overcast from mid morning into the evening. Intermittent rain showers from just after noon through the early evening.
Today’s high temperature of 6° Celsius (42.8° Fahrenheit) will not occur until the early evening hours.

Monday, February 19, 2018 Overcast all day, with light rain showers from mid morning through late afternoon. Early afternoon high temperature about 8° Celsius (46.4° Fahrenheit).

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Overcast but dry all day. Early afternoon high temperature: 8° Celsius (46.4° Fahrenheit).

Long term forecast

Long term weather forecast, Wednesday February 21, 2018 through Wednesday February 28, 2018: High probability (80%) of a calm, dry weather pattern with temperatures below normal.

Average Low And High Temperatures in February

Normal Average Low and High Temperatures in February in Amsterdam
Date Minimum Maximum
February 1-10 1° Celsius (33.8° Fahrenheit) 6° Celsius (42.8° Fahrenheit)
February 11-20 -0.2° Celsius (31.64° Fahrenheit) 5.4° Celsius (41.72° Fahrenheit)
February 21-28 0.7° Celsius (33.26° Fahrenheit) Max. 6.5° Celsius (43.7° Fahrenheit)

Things To Do

Even in February, lots of tourists visit Amsterdam. Book museums, excursions and activities ahead of time:


Hotel prices are relatively low during this time of the year. Take advantage by booking your hotel as early as possible.

Remember Valentine’s Day: Wednesday, February 14.

Seen the weather forecast? Now you’ll understand why we’ve got so many museums (and pubs)

Ice skating on the canals?

Normally in February the average day-time temperature in Amsterdam is 2.4º Celsius (36.32º Fahrenheit) – but wind and fog (and yes, storm) can make it feel much colder than that.

The nights are very cold, with temperatures usually below freezing.

ice skating prinsengracht

Ice skating fun on Prinsengracht, February 2012

Amsterdam weather in February isn’t quite the same from year to year, though.

In 2012 during the second week of February we had a deep-freeze the likes of which we had not experienced in about ten years. People were ice skating on the canals of Amsterdam (videos). (And take a look at wintery Amsterdam as seen from the air).

February of 2013 brought no such skating opportunities.

Hotel sign in Amsterdam
There’s a lot to see and do in Amsterdam any time of the year.

That’s why tourists visit all year round.

The earlier you look for a hotel, the wider the choice. [View Amsterdam hotels on a map]

The winter of early 2014 was one of the mildest since the Dutch started keeping a record of the weather — in 1706. Mind you, it was still cold, but not nearly as cold as normal. And no, no ice skating on the canals whatsoever.

February 2017 was mild and quite somber, and the ice skates stayed in the closet.

Anyway, on average in February you can expect 78 hours of sunshine in Amsterdam, compared to 51 in January and 42 in December. But don’t make the mistake of thinking sunny days are warm. They’re sunny and cold.

What to wear in Amsterdam in February

When you visit Amsterdam during the month of February bring warm clothes, including long-sleeved sweaters, sweats, and a winter proof coat or jacket.

Thermal underwear is not a luxury. Neither are leggings, warm socks and padded insoles.

Come prepared to dress in layers, because coffee houses, coffeeshops, restaurants, café’s and homes will be cozily warm.


  • If you prefer to travel light you can always pick up a pair of earmuffs, along with knitted winter gear (hats, scarfs, mittens) at downtown souvenir shops. For inexpensive basic warm undies shop at any HEMA or Zeeman department store. You’ll find a HEMA right inside Amsterdam Central Station
  • The trees are still bare, allowing a much better view of the gabled canal-side houses than you get during spring and summer. Take advantage of a sunny day for a canal tour (See the photography/filming tip there). If you prefer to walk along the canals, walk on the shadow side so you can take photos of the sunny side.
  • When you explore the city, steer clear of fast-food outlets, and instead warm up at a café or two. Here’s how the locals do it. And, for the love of coffee, stay away from Starbucks.

Amsterdam Weather Facts: February

• Average lows: -1° C (30.2° F)
• Average highs: 5.5° C (42° F)

Sunrise & Sunset
• February 1 – 8:22 a.m. / 5:27 p.m.
• February 28 – 7:31 a.m. / 6:17 p.m.

• Average 44mm (1.7 inches) in 72 hours

This weather information is provided by Amsterdam native Anton Hein, who is not a meteorologist, and who can not be blamed if your weather experience in Amsterdam is different from what he led you to believe.

Suffice it to say that he knows when to stay indoors with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, some jazz and soul on the radio, and a pot of chili on the stove.

Visit Anton Hein dot com for photos of Amsterdam.

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This post was last updated: Feb. 14, 2018