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Amsterdam weather in April

What is Amsterdam’s April weather like?

April in Amsterdam brings good news and bad news when it comes to the weather.

The good news: this is normally the driest month of the year. It does rain, but the spring showers are usually short-lived and not too wet.

Oh… and we’ve got millions — MILLIONS — of tulips and other flowers.

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A terrace alongside Singel canal in the center of Amsterdam

The bad news: April is a month with sharp contrasts.

April doet wat hij wil, the Dutch say. It means that ‘April does whatever it wishes to do,’ which can include anything from abundant sunshine and almost summertime temperatures to, well, snow on the ground.

Erratic weather, from day to day and sometimes hour to hour.

Weather Forecast for April 2019

Updated April 27, 2019

As a service to our readers we update this page with weather forecasts throughout the month of April, 2019.

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

Saturday, April 27, 2019 — King’s Day Wouldn’t you know it: all weather forecasts predict a cloudy morning, followed by an afternoon with about 20% sunshine. Worse, intermittent rain showers can be expected throughout the day — from very early in the morning until late night on Sunday. Mind you, at present most weather forecast services predict a partly cloudy and mostly dry afternoon. The showers will vary in intensity from a light drizzle to heavy rain (the latter just before mid afternoon). Mid afternoon high temperature: 11° Celsius (51.8° Fahrenheit).

That’s the fickleness of April weather: one weekend it feels like summer (which was the case last weekend); another it feels like fall. Of course the Dutch are well used to this climate, and you’ll notice that we won’t let a little rain spoil a party. Our advice: just go with the flow. Get wet, have fun, dry out later.

Update posted at Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 10:37 AM CET

It looks like it’s not going to be as wet as initially predicted. Here’s the rain radar for the next three hours:

Sunday, April 28, 2019 Mostly cloudy (with about 20% sunshine) through late afternoon — sunnier (±60% from then till sunset at 8:55 PM). Intermittent light rain showers from before midnight through late this evening. Late afternoon high: 11° Celsius (51.8° Fahrenheit).

Monday, April 29, 2019 Abundantly sunny in the morning. Cloudy and/or sunny intervals from mid afternoon through mid evening. No rain. Late afternoon high temperature around 15° Celsius (59° Fahrenheit).

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Mostly sunny, though a bit cloudier (±60%) in mid afternoon. No rain. Mid afternoon high around 14° Celsius (57.2° Fahrenheit).

Long Term Forecast

See our May weather forecast.

Where our weather information comes from

This weather information is based on long-term averages as reported by various meteorological services, including the Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI) — the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).

Average Low and High Temperatures in April

Normal Average Low and High Temperatures in April in Amsterdam
DateMinimumMaximum
April 1-103.8° Celsius (38.84° Fahrenheit)11.6° Celsius (52.88° Fahrenheit)
April 11-204.2° Celsius (39.56° Fahrenheit)12.6° Celsius (54.68° Fahrenheit)
April 21-306° Celsius (42.8° Fahrenheit)15.2° Celsius (59.36° Fahrenheit)

Things To Do

During the month of April lots of tourists visit Amsterdam. Book skip-the-line tickets, museums, excursions and activities ahead of time:

Hotels

Due to high demand, hotel prices tend to be higher during the months of April and May. For the best rates (and to make sure you can even get a room) Book your hotel as early as possible.

Queen’s Day King’s Day Weather

But what everyone wants to know this time of year is: What will the weather be like on King’s Day (formerly: Queen’s Day)?

We’re talking about the world’s biggest street party — when millions of Dutch people (wearing something orange, of course) take to the streets and canals to celebrate the King’s birthday.

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Queen’s Day 2012 (nowadays it’s King’s Day) at Korte Prinsengracht, Amsterdam

King’s Day will take place on April 27, the King’s birthday.

We’ve often had good weather. But at times there have been grey skies as well — which tends to make for a somewhat less abundant party atmosphere. (‘Somewhat less’ is relevant. You haven’t seen a party this big anywhere else).

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See Holland’s Tulip & Flower Fields and Gardens

If you like tulips and other flowers, April is the ideal month in which to visit Amsterdam.

Excursions to the nearby tulip and bulb fields, as well as the world-renowned Keukenhof (known as the Garden of Europe, one of the world’s largest flower gardens) are popular with tourists and locals alike.

Many people combine their visit to the Keukenhof with a tour of the flower fields and/or an excursion to the famous windmills at Zaansche Schans.

When do the tulips bloom?

Tulips bloom from the end of March to the middle of May. Normally the best time to visit the tulip fields is during the last 2 weeks of April and the first week of May, when the flowers are at their peak.

However, around the 30th of April most of the flowers in the fields are ‘topped.’ That means the flowers are cut off in order to stimulate the bulbs to grow. There will be some flowers left in the fields — just not as many.

The exception is Keukenhof.

In 2017, Keukenhof is open From March 23 through May 21. Plan your visit as soon as possible.

Sunshine!

Note that on average in April the sun shines on Amsterdam 177 hours.

That works out to 43 per cent of the time that it could possible shine — a marked improvement over the 33 per cent we normally get in March.

Amsterdam Weather Facts: April

Temperatures
• Average lows: 3.3° C (38° F)
• Average highs: 12.8° C (55° F)

Sunrise & Sunset
• April 1 – 7:16 a.m. / 8:13 p.m
• April 30 – 6:13 a.m. / 9:02 p.m.

Rainfall
• Average: 47 mm (1.8 inches) in 72 hours

What to wear in Amsterdam in April

Working on laptops in Amsterdam

Two men take advantage of the sun while getting some work done at the intersection of two car-free streets in the center of Amsterdam

You’ll want to come prepared for bright, sunny weather and warm spring-time temperatures. Or bright, sunny weather and low temperatures. Or the type of storms that make you think it’s fall.

In other words, try and determine what kind of weather the day brings and dress accordingly. Dress in layers so you can add or subtract something if and when the weather changes.

A light jacket is a good idea.

You can pick up inexpensive umbrellas just about anywhere, but if you do encounter a spot of rain simply make a beeline into the nearest café — just like the Dutch do.

Tips

  • On warm, sunny days Amsterdammers come out in droves in order to shop, relax in a park, or people watch at outdoor cafés. It’s a good idea to join them. You’ll hear Dutch people say something like, “Zullen we een terrasje pakken?” which means “Shall we sit on a terrace?” (literally, ‘shall we take a terrace’). By all means, do the same. Here’s how to order a beer in Amsterdam.
  • Take advantage of the lengthening days — courtesy of nature and helped a bit by the ‘Summer Time’ (Daylight Saving Time) that started the last Sunday of March. At the beginning of April sunset is around 8pm, and by the end of the month it stays light out till about 9pm.

See also
arrow General information about the weather in Amsterdam, including month-by-month details

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This post was last updated: Apr. 27, 2019