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Amsterdam weather in April

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A terrace alongside Singel canal in the center of Amsterdam. At the first hint of sunshine, Amsterdammers flock to the terraces.

What is Amsterdam’s April weather like?

Amsterdam weather in April brings good news and bad news.
The good news is that this is usually the driest month of the year. It does rain, but the spring showers are usually short-lived and not too wet.

Oh… and we have millions – MILLIONS – of tulips and other flowers at Keukenhof and the surrounding flower fields.

The bad news: April is a month of stark contrasts.

April doet wat hij wil, say the Dutch. That means “April does what it wants.” That can be anything from abundant sunshine and almost summer temperatures to snow on the ground.

Erratic weather, from day to day and sometimes from hour to hour. Keep things interesting.

Spring in Amsterdam

Here are some things to look forward to:

  • Easter Sunday (April 17) and Easter Monday (April 18). Easter Monday is a bank holiday in the Netherlands. Many people have a day off work on Easter Monday. Banks, post offices and many businesses are closed. However, most Amsterdam museums and tourist attractions are open.
  • King’s Day (April 27) World’s biggest street party.
  • Keukenhof (7 million tulips and other flowers) is open all month (closes May 15, 2022).
  • Van Gogh and the Olive Groves. This special temporary exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum runs until June 12.

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Amsterdam Weather Forecast, April 2022

Current Weather

Updated April 23, 2022

We update this Amsterdam weather forecast throughout April.

During the rest of the year see the general information on this page.

Note: Even in April the feels-like temperature can be several degrees lower than those shown.

Sunday, April 24, 2022 — Abundantly sunny in the morning. Sunny intervals in the afternoon: 60% sunshine in the early afternoon, about 90% in late afternoon, and back to 60% in the evening. Sunset today takes place at 20:52 (8:52 pm). No rain. Afternoon high 14° C | 57.2°.

Monday, April 25, 2022 — Sunny intervals in the morning, starting out at 70% sunshine. Cloudier as the morning and day progresses. Early afternoon is marked by overcast skies. Sunny intervals return in late afternoon and hang around, with about 60-70% sunshine, until sunset. No rain. Late afternoon high temperature 14° C | 57.2°.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 — Sunny intervals in the morning (± 20% sunshine). Cloudier from late morning through late afternoon, but with some sunny spells. Abundantly sunny in the evening. No rain. Early afternoon high 13° C | 55.4°.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 (King’s Day) — Unfortunately, right now it looks like it will be overcast all day. No rain, though. Afternoon high 12° C | 53.6°.

Thursday, April 28, 2022 — Abundantly sunny almost the entire day. Some clouds (about 30% around mid-afternoon and in the evening. No rain. Afternoon high temperature 13° C | 55.4°.

Friday, April 29, 2022 — Cloudy in the morning, overcast the rest of the day. No rain. Early afternoon high 11° C | 51.8°.

Long Term Amsterdam Forecast

Saturday, May 30, 2022 – Saturday, May 7, 2022: High chance (70-80%) of a weather pattern with temperatures below the long-term average. The daily chance of (some) rain is about 30-40%. At the end of the period, the chance of maximum temperatures above the long-term average for this time of the year increases to approximately 30%.

Where our weather information comes from

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

Normal High and Low Temperatures in April

1-10: 3.8 / 11.6° Celsius (38.84/ 52.88° Fahrenheit)
11-20: 4.2 / 12.6° Celsius (39.56/ 54.68° Fahrenheit)
21-31: 6 / 15.2° Celsius (42.8/ 59.36° Fahrenheit)

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Queen’s Day King’s Day Weather

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.

King's Day Amsterdam
Crowds line the bridges as boats make their way through Prinsengracht canal during a pre-pandemic King’s Day celebration in Amsterdam

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

We’ve often had good weather on that day. But at times there have been grey skies as well. That 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.

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

Corner of Roomolenstraat and Langestraat 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

In April you will want to come prepared for bright, sunny weather and warm spring temperatures. Or bright, sunny weather and low temperatures. Or the kind of storms that make you think it’s fall.

In other words, try to figure out what weather the day will bring and dress accordingly. That is easier said than done. On days that weather forecasters excitedly state that it will be, say, 17 degrees (62.6° F) and sunny, it may still only be just 5° C | 41° F in the morning.

The trick is to dress in layers so you can add or leave something out if the weather changes. A light jacket is a good idea.

The only drawback is that you will have to hand-carry a sweatshirt or jacket in the afternoon, so bring a handy bag.

Cheap umbrellas are available almost everywhere, but if it does rain, simply hide in the nearest café – just like the Dutch.

Amsterdam in April 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.

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


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