August: Sunniest of the three summer months
On average, August is the sunniest of the three summer months — though there really isn’t much difference in the total hours of sunshine during June, July, and August.
Yes, it can rain. But showers tend to be brief, scattered, and/or intermittent.
As always in Amsterdam and the rest of the Netherlands, it’s hard to predict what the weather will be like. Long-range weather forecasts are something of a standing joke. Come to think of it, so are short-range forecasts.
That said, more often than not in Amsterdam August is warm, dry and sunny. But there have also been years in which the month was cool, wet, and somber.
In fact, there are years in which travel agents offering last minute trips to the sun do a brisk business.
Amsterdam Weather Forecast, August 2020
Updated August 23, 2020
As a service to our readers we update this page with weather forecasts throughout the month of August.
During the rest of the year see the general information on this page.
|Sunday, August 23, 2020||Mostly overcast, with scattered light rain showers from early morning through about mid afternoon. Sunny intervals (about 80% sunshine) in the late afternoon and early evening. Afternoon high 19º Celsius (66.2º Fahrenheit).|
|Monday, August 24, 2020||Sunny intervals in the early morning (±70% sunshine) and throughout the rest of the day. Scattered light rain showers from late afternoon through well after midnight. Afternoon high around 17º Celsius (62.6º Fahrenheit).|
|Tuesday, August 25, 2020||Mostly overcast, with scattered light rain showers from well before daybreak until midnight. In the evening heavy gusts of wind — 80 km/hr (50 mph) — are expected. Late afternoon and early evening high temparture 19º Celsius (66.2º Fahrenheit).|
|Wednesday, August 26, 2020||Overcast for most of the day. Sunny intervals in the late afternoon and early evening. Scattered light rain showers from early morning through late at night. Afternoon high 18º Celsius (64.4º Fahrenheit).|
|Thursday, August 27, 2020||Sunny intervals in the early morning, with about 80% sunshine. Cloudy or overcast the rest of the day. Small chance of a light rain shower in late afternoon. Scattered light rain showers from just before midnight and throughout the night. Afternoon high temperature around 17º Celsius (62.6º Fahrenheit).|
|Friday, August 28, 2020||Sunny intervals all day — usually not more than 30% sunshine. Bit more in the early morning, and it will be mostly cloudy during the late morning. Scattered light showers from just before midnight until midnight tonight. Mid afternoon high 17º Celsius (62.6º Fahrenheit).|
|Saturday, August 29, 2020||Mostly cloudy in the early morning, followed by sunny intervals the rest of the day (about 40% sunshine). Scattered light rain showers from just before noon through midnight. Afternoon high temperature 15º Celsius (59º Fahrenheit).|
Long Term Amsterdam Forecast
Sunday, August 30 — Sunday, September 6, 2020: Initially unstable weather with maximums below the long-term average. Later in the period the chance of a drier and warmer weather pattern increases.
Check our September weather information.
Normal High and Low Temperatures in August
1-10: 13/21.6° Celsius (55.4/70.88° Fahrenheit)
11-20: 13.3/21.8° Celsius (55.94/71.24° Fahrenheit)
21-31: 13.8/22.6° Celsius (56.84/72.68° Fahrenheit)
What to wear in Amsterdam in August
You won’t need warm clothes, but a light sweat jacket may come in handy when it’s a bit too windy.
On warm days short sleeves and shorts or a skirt will do just fine.
Rain showers tend to be both light and brief. Dutch weather forecasters say they occur “hier en daar” (here and there). That’s their way of saying it will rain intermittently, as the wind blows the rain clouds across Amsterdam.
However, normally even rainy days are quite mild.
It can also be muggy at times.
Speaking of which: bring your swimwear. Fully 24% of Amsterdam consists of water. There are swimming pools, (semi-) approved natural swimming locations, and some great wild swimming spots. See: Where to Swim in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam August tips: mosquitoes, umbrellas
The humidity during the months of July and August turns Amsterdam into an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Pharmacies and some drug stores carry a mosquitoes repellent by the unlikely name of ‘Muggenmelk’ (literally, mosquitoes milk). Those whose blood is favored by the tiny pests swear that Muggenmelk provides the best defense.
You won’t need an umbrella. Should it rain for a bit, just pop into an eatery or a brown café where you can wait out the shower.
If it looks like it’s going to rain for a few hours, make your way to one of Amsterdam’s many museums.
Amsterdam Weather Facts: August
• Average lows: 12° C (54° F)
• Average highs: 22° C (72° F)
Sunrise & Sunset
• August 1 – 6:00 a.m. / 9:33 p.m
• August 31 – 6:49 a.m. / 8:32 p.m.
• Average: 65 mm (2.5 inches) in 72 hours
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