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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 2024

Updates posted during the month of August

Current 5 day forecast:

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Amsterdam, NL
3:03 am, Jun 14, 2024
weather icon 14°C | °F
L: 13° H: 14°
light intensity drizzle rain
Humidity Humidity 79 %
Pressure Pressure 1006 hPa
Wind Wind 9 Km/h SSE
Wind Gust Wind Gust 0 Km/h
UV Index UV Index 0
Precipitation Precipitation 0.23 mm
Clouds Clouds 20%
Rain Chance Rain Chance 0%
Air Quality Air Quality Good
Sunrise 5:17 am
Sunset 10:03 pm
DailyHourly
Daily ForecastHourly Forecast
Today 2:00 am light rain
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12°17°°C | °F 3.65 mm 100% 19 Km/h 90 % 1005 hPa
Tomorrow 2:00 am moderate rain
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12°16°°C | °F 12.56 mm 100% 28 Km/h 62 % 1003 hPa
Sunday 2:00 am moderate rain
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10°19°°C | °F 5.53 mm 100% 22 Km/h 51 % 1006 hPa
Monday 2:00 am light rain
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13°20°°C | °F 1.68 mm 95% 17 Km/h 57 % 1012 hPa
Tuesday 2:00 am light rain
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14°19°°C | °F 5.37 mm 100% 18 Km/h 92 % 1008 hPa
Wednesday 2:00 am moderate rain
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12°16°°C | °F 14.7 mm 100% 19 Km/h 97 % 1008 hPa
Thursday 2:00 am overcast clouds
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11°16°°C | °F 0 mm 0% 16 Km/h 71 % 1015 hPa
Friday 2:00 am overcast clouds
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11°18°°C | °F 0 mm 0% 20 Km/h 66 % 1021 hPa
Today 5:00 am light rain
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12°13°°C | °F 1 mm 100% 10 Km/h 85 % 1006 hPa 0 mm/h
Today 8:00 am broken clouds
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13°13°°C | °F 0.8 mm 80% 17 Km/h 86 % 1005 hPa 0 mm/h
Today 11:00 am light rain
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12°12°°C | °F 0.25 mm 25% 18 Km/h 91 % 1005 hPa 0 mm/h
Today 2:00 pm overcast clouds
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15°15°°C | °F 0 mm 0% 17 Km/h 87 % 1005 hPa 0 mm/h
Today 5:00 pm light rain
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17°17°°C | °F 0.42 mm 42% 16 Km/h 76 % 1004 hPa 0 mm/h
Today 8:00 pm light rain
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16°16°°C | °F 0.92 mm 92% 12 Km/h 87 % 1003 hPa 0 mm/h

The short version: On average in Amsterdam August is the sunniest of the three summer months. It is also the rainiest, but showers tend to be brief. Expect lots of blue skies, dotted with white cumulus clouds.

  Where to swim in and around Amsterdam

Long Range Forecast

Coming in August

See our September 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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