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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 1, 2020

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

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Sunny intervals (30-50% sunshine) in the morning; cloudier from then on. No rain. Afternoon high temperature 9° Celsius (48.2° Fahrenheit).

Thursday, April 2, 2020 Sunny intervals throughout the day. Sunniest (±90% sunshine) in early and mid morning; about 70% sunshine by late morning, segueing into a cloudier mid afternoon (about 30% sunshine). Then about 50% sunshine from late afternoon until sunset, at 20:13 (8:30 p.m.) No rain. Afternoon high 10° Celsius (50° Fahrenheit).

Friday, April 3, 2020 Sunny intervals (about 70% sunshine) in the early morning. A bit less sunshine in late morning, along with a 30% chance of scattered light showers. Cloudy around mid afternoon, and a bit sunnier (50% sunshine initially, gradually more) again in the late afternoon and early evening. Afternoon high 8° Celsius (46.4° Fahrenheit), but it will feel several degrees colder.

Saturday, April 4, 2020 Sunny intervals (about 60%) during the morning and early evening. Cloudy (95%) in the afternoon. No rain. Afternoon high temperature 10° Celsius (50° Fahrenheit).

Sunday, April 5, 2020 Sunny intervals (50%) in the early morning, and abundantly sunny from about mid morning through sunset. No rain. Late afternoon high temperature 17° Celsius (62.6° Fahrenheit) — and it will feel that warm as well. Too bad that we’re supposed to say inside due to the Coronavirus ‘lockdown.’

Monday, April 6, 2020 Abundantly sunny from early morning through about noon. Very cloudy from about mid afternoon through late afternoon, by which time it will be fully overcast. There is a 40% chance of light rain toward mid evening.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Abundantly sunny all day. No rain. Mid afternoon high temperature around 14° Celsius (57.2° Fahrenheit).

Long Term Forecast

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 through Wednesday, April 15, 2020: Initially a mild weather pattern, for which the chance of changeable weather is about the same as the chance of drier weather. Various weather forecasting models leave us uncertain about the predicted temperatures for the latter part of the period.

Check out what May 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 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

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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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