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Amsterdam weather in August

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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.

Typical Amsterdam summer weather: sunny, blue skies, some cumulus clouds. Shown is the Waaleilandgracht, a canal in downtown Amsterdam.
The Waalseilandgracht, a picturesque canal near Amsterdam Central Station. On the far side, the street is called Kromme Waal. On the near side, Binnenkant. Typical Amsterdam August weather, by the way: sun, blue skies, with cumulus clouds.

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.

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Amsterdam Weather Forecast, August 2023

Current Weather

Updated August 8, 2023

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

During the rest of the year the general information on this page will tell you what you need to know about the city’s climate in August.

The short version: Amsterdam’s July weather can be precarious: it’s the warmest month of the year, but you can also encounter wet and cool days (or weeks, even).

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This week: Sunrise: 6:11 (6:11 am) — Sunset: 21:19 (21:19 pm)

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 — Sunny intervals all day. From early afternoon until midnight a 30% possibility of scattered light rain showers as well. Daytime high 17° C | 62.6° F.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 — Sunny intervals, with 50-70% sunshine. Abundantly sunny from late afternoon until sunset. No rain. Afternoon high 19° C | 66.2° F.

Thursday, August 10, 2023 — Sunny intervals in the morning and evening. Mostly overcast during the afternoon. No rain. Afternoon high temperature 21° C | 69.8° F.

Friday, August 11, 2023 — Sunny intervals all day, with 50-75% sunshine. No rain. Afternoon high 25° C | 77° F.

Saturday, August 12, 2023 — Sunny intervals, but cloudy around noon and in the evening. Possibility of late-night shower. Afternoon high 23° C | 73.4° F.

Sunday, August 13, 2023 — Sunny intervals, with possibly some scattered light rain showers in the afternoon. Afternoon high temperature 21° C | 69.8° F.

Monday, August 14, 2023 — Abundantly sunny in the morning. Sunny intervals (50-70% sunshine) from around noon until sunset. No rain. Afternoong high 21° C | 69.8° F.

Long Range Forecast

Tuesday August 15, 2023 – Tuesday August 22, 2023: Calm summer weather with sunny periods, temperatures around normal for this time of the year, and a daily precipitation probability of about 30%.

See our August weather forecast for Amsterdam.

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 is a ‘Kwakkelzomer’?

What does the Dutch word ‘Kwakkelzomer’ mean?

A kwakkelzomer is a summer with unsteady periods of dry, warm weather and often rain showers. In other words: changeable, frequently inclement weather conditions with too little typical summer weather.

Not quite “four seasons a day” – as some jokingly claim. But certainly days when the sun shines brightly one moment, and it rains the next. Or all-day showers, all-day sun, or all-day grey and gloomy.

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 mosquito repellent by the unlikely name of ‘Muggenmelk’ (literally, mosquito 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

Temperatures
• 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.

Rainfall
• Average: 65 mm (2.5 inches) in 72 hours

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