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Amsterdam weather in February

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

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 2017 has been rather mild, by the way. We did, finally, have some snow on the ground in the weekend of Feb 12-13.

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

Weather Forecast

Updated during the month of February

As always, the DutchAmsterdam team updates this entry with the actual weather forecasts during the entire month of February.

Until then, the general information on this page will serve as a guide.

You may also want to take a look at how the January weather is progressing.

Normal Low and High Temperatures in February:
1-10: Min. 1° Celsius (33.8° Fahrenheit); Max. 6° Celsius (42.8° Fahrenheit)
11-20: Min. -0.2° Celsius (31.64° Fahrenheit); Max. 5.4° Celsius (41.72° Fahrenheit)
21-28: Min 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:

Hotels

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)

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 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.


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.

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.

Tips

Amsterdam Weather Facts: February

Temperatures
• 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.

Rainfall
• 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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