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Amsterdam weather in March

What is Amsterdam’s March weather like?

DutchAmsterdam.nl — March in Amsterdam, as in all of the Netherlands, is characterized by erratic weather. Indeed, the old joke that Holland has four seasons a day is more likely to make sense in March than in any other month.

Loosje pub, Amsterdam

Sunshine (and jackets) on the terrace of Café ‘t Loosje, at Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam

What kind of weather you will encounter is the luck of the draw, but it can range from dull, drab and cold to bright, sunny and ‘warm’ — for the time of the year, that is.

Normally in March you can expect lots of relatively brief showers in Holland, and temperatures between 1°C and 10°C (33.8°F and 50°F).

By the way: Daylight Saving Time starts at the end of this month.

Also: are you expecting to visit the Keukenhof flower garden this month?

Amsterdam Weather Forecast for March 2020

Updated February 19, 2020
Current

As a service to our readers we update this page with weather forecasts throughout the month of March, 2020.

During the rest of the year, the general information on this page will give you a good idea as to what you may expect.

Here’s what we already know:

Long Term Forecast

Wednesday, February 26 through Wednesday, March 4, 2020: High chance (80-90%) that the changeable weather pattern will persist. That includes consistent rain showers and sometimes quite a lot of wind. The temperatures remain above or around the long-term average.

Check out what April weather is like in Amsterdam.

Where our weather information comes from

Our weather information is based on long-term averages as reported by various meteorological services, including the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

On to April weather.

Average Low and High Temperatures in March

Normal Average Low and High Temperatures in March in Amsterdam
Date Minimum Maximum
March 1-10 1.7° Celsius (35.06° Fahrenheit) 7.8° Celsius (46.04° Fahrenheit)
March 11-20 2.8° Celsius (37.04° Fahrenheit) 9.3° Celsius (48.74° Fahrenheit)
March 21-31 3.4° Celsius (38.12° Fahrenheit) 10.6° Celsius (51.08° Fahrenheit)

Things To Do

Even in March, 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.

The weather in other months

On average it will snow somewhere in Holland on 4 days this month. Hail can be expected on 3 days, and a thundershower on 1 day.

Holland is no stranger to extreme weather. In March 2005 a temperature of -20,7°C (-5°F) was measured in Marknesse, north-east of Amsterdam.

But while night frost is common, particularly in the first half of the month, the average daytime temperature ranges from 4°C (39°F) at the start of the month to 8°C(46°F) at the end.

On average there are 3 days during which the temperature reaches about 15°C (59°F).

This is the month that cafè terraces will include higher numbers of Amsterdam locals rather than just tourists willing to brave the cold for the experience.

Marcella pub, Amsterdam

Customers take to the terrace of Café Marcella at Amstelveld, Amsterdam on a spring-like day in March

Mind you, a Dutch rhyme goes, “Maart roert zijn staart” — ‘March wags its tail.’ It’s a reference to the fact that while Spring starts on March 21, the weather can still be very cold and winter-like even at the end of the month.

On average March has 5 days during which the sun isn’t seen at all. That said, the sun is out 33% of the time that it can shine (compared to 33% – 43% April through August).

Amsterdam Weather Facts: March

Temperatures
• Average lows: 1.1° C (34° F)
• Average highs: 8.8° C (48° F)

Sunrise & Sunset
• March 1 – 7:28 a.m. / 6:19 p.m
• March 31 – 7:19 a.m. / 8:12 p.m. (See ‘Central European Summer Time‘)

Rainfall
• Average: 66 mm (2.6 inches) in 72 hours

Tips

  • Cold days with sunny weather are perfect for taking photos with bright, vivid colors. With the trees still bare you have good views of the gabled canal-side houses. Grey and rainy days are perfect for experimenting with black & white photography.
  • As the month progresses the days grow longer. At the end of March the sun doesn’t set until about 8:15 p.m.
  • While you will likely need an umbrella, there’s no need to pack one. Get yourself a cheap ‘throw away’ brolly at Etos, HEMA, or a souvenir shop.
  • On clear, sunny days join Amsterdammers and your fellow tourists by having a drink or two at a café terrace.
beguinage in Amsterdam

Spring arrives at Begijnhof (Beguinage) in the center of Amsterdam

What to wear in Amsterdam in March: Packing List

Here’s what you should pack for your trip:

You’ll want to bring warm clothes, including sweaters, long-sleeved sweats, and a winter proof coat or jacket.

Warm socks and/or padded insoles are not a luxury.

Count on the fact that you will want to dress in layers. Cafés, coffeeshops, restaurants — as well as venues such as cinemas and theaters — tend to be well-heated.

Do you wear eyeglasses? Bring a reusable anti-fog wipe. You’ll thank us each time you come in from the cold. Great for camera lenses as well.

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Daylight Saving Time in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Daylight Saving Time 2020

Amsterdam Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 29, 2020. At 2:00 a.m. the clock jumps forward to 3:00 a.m.

At 2:00 a.m. CET (Central European Time) / 2:00 a.m. CUT (Coordinated Universal Time1) on the last Sunday in March (2020: March 29), the Netherlands switches to Central European Summer Time (known in the U.S. as Daylight Saving Time) — which means the clock jumps forward by 1 hour.2

Summer time ends at 2:00 a.m. CEST (Central European Summer Time3) on the last Sunday of October (2020: Oct. 25).

In other words:

  • In Amsterdam on March 31, 2020 at 2:00 a.m. the clocks will move forward to 3:00 a.m.
  • That means you lose one hour of sleep (or partying). You get this hour back on the last Sunday of October.
  • If you fail to adjust your clocks, you will show up for appointments one hour too late.4

Amsterdam Weather Facts + Weather in Other Months

Our weather information is based on long-term averages as reported by various meteorological services, including the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

Notes:

  1. Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is often casually interchanged with Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) but there are some differences, particularly when considering fractions of a second
  2. An easy way to remember whether the time moves forward or backward is the phrase: “Spring forward; Fall backward” or “Spring ahead; Fall behind”
  3. Some tourist guides refer to Central European Daylight Saving Time (CEDT) instead of Central European Summer Time (CEST) to avoid confusion with Central European Standard Time (CEST). Makes sense…
  4. The clocks on computers, mobile phones and various gadgets will usually adjust by themselves. Make sure you adjust other clocks and watches yourself. Yes, you can do so before you go to bed.
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This post was last updated: Feb. 19, 2020