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Amsterdam weather in January

January in Amsterdam

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The Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, with the iconic Westertoren in the background. Snow covered bicycles and house boats make for a typical Amsterdam winter scene.
The Prinsengracht, with the iconic Westertoren, on a January morning.

Amsterdam is beautiful any time of the year, and January is no exception — provided you dress for the occasion.

According to the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute 1 (KNMI), January is the coldest month in most of the Netherlands. Along the sea coast February is slightly colder yet, when the water of the North Sea is at its coldest.

Normal Amsterdam weather in January is like this: the average temperature is 2.7º Celsius (36.68º Fahrenheit). That’s cold, especially when there’s a stiff wind. It’s a rainy month as well.

You can also expect anywhere from five to eight days of snow — which looks wonderful.

Amsterdam Weather Forecast, January 2022

Current Weather

Updated January 30, 2022

We update this page with weather forecasts throughout January.

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

Note: Keep in mind that the feels-like temperature can be several degrees lower than those shown.

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Sunday, January 30, 2022 — Partly cloudy in the early morning, followed by sunny intervals in late morning and around noon. Overcast the rest of the day. No precipitation. Warmest temperature around mid-afternoon: 7° C | 44.6° F.

Monday, January 31, 2022
Code Orange Weather Alert

Code Orange Weather Alert Netherlands
Code Orange weather alert issued by Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI) — the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute.

KNMI warns, “Strong gusts of wind will occur in the west and northwest towards the end of the night. These will expand over the country during the morning. For the second half of the morning, a code orange is in force for the northwest for very heavy gusts of wind from 90-110 km/h, by the sea and above the IJsselmeer up to about 120 km/h. Elsewhere, a code yellow will be in effect for the morning and part of the afternoon for gusts of 75-100 km/h. This can cause damage and danger from falling trees and flying objects The wind gusts are coming from a northwesterly direction. In the course of the afternoon the wind decreases again.”

Code Orange means: Be Prepared. There is a high risk of dangerous or extreme weather with a major impact and a risk of damage, injury or a lot of nuisance. This can be very local. Code orange can be issued 24 hours in advance if the probability of extreme weather is 60 percent or more.

Other than that, heavy rain and scattered showers from well before daybreak until noon or beyond. Overcast the rest of the day. Daytime high 7° C | 44.6° F, but the feels-like temperature will be about 5 degrees lower.

Long Term Amsterdam Forecast

Check our February weather information.

Normal High and Low Temperatures in January

1-10: 0.3/5.1° Celsius (32.54/41.18° Fahrenheit)
11-20: 0.9/5.7° Celsius (33.62/42.26° Fahrenheit)
21-31: 0.7/5.5° Celsius (33.26/41.9° Fahrenheit)

Sunshine — but not much

On average there will be 50 hours of sunshine — spread out over the entire month.

That said, while you may see many gray and gloomy days, from time to time there will be several hours worth of blue, cloudless skies. When that happens grab the opportunity to take postcard-perfect photographs of Amsterdam’s sunlit streets and canals.

Since the trees are bare, many canal-side façades that normally are somewhat hidden from view by the foliage are now more easy to see.

Oudezijds Voorburgwal, with the tower of the Old Church. Note the gables, which are normally hidden by the leaves on the trees.

Cold or Mild

Mind you, we’re talking averages here. January can be much colder or much milder. January 2007 was so mild that if confused birds, plants and trees into acting like it was spring. Conversely, January 2010 turned out to be one of the snowiest in a long time.

January 2014 was very mild, as was the entire year. (In fact, 2014 was the warmest year since the weather service started keeping track three centuries ago).

2018 brought us a rather mild January, with hardly any snow (we had a huge snow storm in the previous December, one for the record books) — with high temperatures well above those normal for the month.

Is it global warming? Who knows, but January 2019 was yet another rather mild one. There was one day of snow, though.

As always, go with the flow. Plan to see some of Amsterdam’s many museums during inclement weather.

Tip: Films shown in Dutch movie theaters are shown in their original languages — subtitled in Dutch.

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What to wear in Amsterdam in January

Warm clothes are a must, and you will want to wear a winter proof/waterproof coat or jacket.

A good, windproof hat is not a luxury and no one will look at you funny if you happen to be wearing earmuffs.

Complete you outfit with a warm scarf and gloves.

Don’t forget warm socks and padded insoles.

As always, dress in layers because restaurants, café’s and homes are well-heated.

That said, you may want to consider wearing long johns or thermal underwear. You’ll thank us when you’re waiting for a bus or tram in the biting cold.

InTip: case of snow or ice, road salt is spread on nearly all the streets — certainly at key points such as bridges and crossings. Protect your shoes with a waterproof spray. If you get salt spots anyway, they can be removed with a cloth and some vinegar.

Don’t Spend Your Amsterdam Trip Waiting in Line

(Certainly not in this kind of weather)

The off season in Amsterdam includes the months of October and November, as well as January and February. During these months the city sees the fewest tourists.

These are usually the gloomiest months of the year, often with bad weather and low temperatures. Read: not standing-in-line weather.

So as always when visiting Amsterdam, it’s a good idea to buy tickets for museums, tours, public transport ahead of time — if only to skip the line.

Amsterdam weather facts: January

Temperatures
• Average lows: -0.5° C (31° F)
• Average highs: 4.4° C (40° F)

Sunrise & Sunset
• January 1 – 8:51 a.m. / 4:38 p.m.
• December 31 – 8:24 a.m. / 5:26 p.m.

Rainfall
• Average 72mm (2.8 inches) in 72 hours

The weather in other months

Would you rather visit us during another time of the year? Check the weather page roundup, which includes details about our climate during the other months of the year.


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  1. Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
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