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Amsterdam weather in February

What is the weather like in Amsterdam in February?

DutchAmsterdam.nl — February is the coldest month throughout the Netherlands, and the coldest time of the year to spend in Amsterdam.

And yes, due to Global Warming thus far February 2020 has been — and continues to be — exceptionally mild.

Normally the average high temperature is 6° Celsius (42.8° Fahrenheit), and the average low temperature is 0.5° Celsius (32.9° Fahrenheit).

The wind chill factor usually makes the feels like temperature 3-4 degrees colder.

The good news is that February is one of the driest months, second only to April which normally sees the smallest amount of rainfall.

Until now the winter of 2019-202 has been rather mild, by the way. We had a very mild January. Thus far, February also has temperatures (well) above the long term averages.

Prinsengracht, Amsterdam

When the trees are bare it’s much easier to see and photograph the beautiful gables, such as here on Prinsengracht

Amsterdam February Weather Forecast

Updated February 19, 2020
Current

As a service to our visitors we update this page with current weather forecasts throughout the month of February.

Keep in mind that the feels-like temperature (windchill factor) tends to be 4-6 degrees lower than the values listed.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Sunny intervals all day — ranging from about 60-70% sunshine in the morning, to 30-40% in the afternoon. No rain. Earl afternoon high 7° Celsius (44.6° Fahrenheit).

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Overcast all day. Scattered light rain showers from late afternoon (about 5 PM) through midnight. Early afternoon high temperature around 9° Celsius (48.2° Fahrenheit).

Friday, February 21, 2020 Sunny intervals (about 70% sunshine) in the morning, giving way to mostly overcast skies in the afternoon. In the middle of the late afternoon sunny spells may be back (about 30% sunshine), until sunset at 17:58 (5:58 PM). No rain. Afternoon high 9° Celsius (48.2° Fahrenheit).

Saturday, February 22, 2020 Overcast all day, accompanied by light rain from early morning through mid evening. Afternoon high temperature 11° Celsius (51.8° Fahrenheit)..

Sunday, February 23, 2020 Overcast and scattered light rain showers from early morning through just before mid afternoon. Possibly some sunny spells (about 25-30% sunshine) in the late afternoon. Afternoon high around 12° Celsius (53.6° Fahrenheit), which will feel like it as well. Yes, it’s February!

Monday, February 24, 2020 Cloudy in the morning. Sunny intervals in the afternoon, starting out with about 65% sunshine around noon and ending up with about 40% sunshine in the late afternoon. No rain. afternoon high around 11° Celsius (51.8° Fahrenheit).

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Overcast all day, along with scattered light rain showers from early morning through… midnight on Thursday. Day time high 5° Celsius (41° Fahrenheit).

Long Term Forecast

Wednesday, February 26 through Wednesday, March 4, 2020: High chance (80-90%) that the changeable weather pattern will persist. That includes consistent rain showers and sometimes quite a lot of wind. The temperatures remain above or around the long-term average.

Check out what March is like in Amsterdam.

Where our weather information comes from

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

Average Low And High Temperatures in February

Normal Average Low and High Temperatures in February in Amsterdam
DateMinimumMaximum
February 1-101° Celsius (33.8° Fahrenheit)6° Celsius (42.8° Fahrenheit)
February 11-20-0.2° Celsius (31.64° Fahrenheit)5.4° Celsius (41.72° Fahrenheit)
February 21-280.7° Celsius (33.26° Fahrenheit)Max. 6.5° Celsius (43.7° Fahrenheit)

Things To Do

Even in February, lots of tourists visit Amsterdam. Book museums, excursions and activities ahead of time:

Hotels

Hotel prices are relatively low during this time of the year. Take advantage by booking your hotel as early as possible.

Remember Valentine’s Day: Wednesday, February 14.

Seen the weather forecast? Now you’ll understand why we’ve got so many museums (and pubs)

Ice skating on the canals of Amsterdam?

Normally in February the average day-time temperature in Amsterdam is 2.4º Celsius (36.32º Fahrenheit) – but wind and fog (and yes, storm) can make it feel much colder than that.

The nights are very cold, with temperatures usually below freezing.

ice skating prinsengracht

Ice skating fun on Prinsengracht, February 2012

Amsterdam weather in February isn’t quite the same from year to year, though.

In 2012 during the second week of February we had a deep-freeze the likes of which we had not experienced in about ten years. People were ice skating on the canals of Amsterdam (video). (And take a look at wintery Amsterdam as seen from the air).

February of 2013 — 2016 brought no such skating opportunities.

Hotel sign in Amsterdam
There’s a lot to see and do in Amsterdam any time of the year.

That’s why tourists visit all year round.

The earlier you look for a hotel, the wider the choice. [View Amsterdam hotels on a map]

The winter of early 2014 was one of the mildest since the Dutch started keeping a record of the weather — in 1706. Mind you, it was still cold, but not nearly as cold as normal. And no, no ice skating on the canals whatsoever.

February 2017 was mild and quite somber, and the ice skates stayed in the closet.

Anyway, on average in February you can expect 78 hours of sunshine in Amsterdam, compared to 51 in January and 42 in December. But don’t make the mistake of thinking sunny days are warm. They’re sunny and cold.

What to wear in Amsterdam in February

When you visit Amsterdam during the month of February bring warm clothes, including long-sleeved sweaters, sweats, and a winter proof coat or jacket.

Thermal underwear is not a luxury. Neither are leggings, warm socks and padded insoles.

Come prepared to dress in layers, because coffee houses, coffeeshops, restaurants, café’s and homes will be cozily warm.

Tips

  • If you prefer to travel light you can always pick up a pair of earmuffs, along with knitted winter gear (hats, scarfs, mittens) at downtown souvenir shops. For inexpensive basic warm undies shop at any HEMA or Zeeman department store. You’ll find a HEMA right inside Amsterdam Central Station
  • The trees are still bare, allowing a much better view of the gabled canal-side houses than you get during spring and summer. Take advantage of a sunny day for a canal tour (See the photography/filming tip there). If you prefer to walk along the canals, walk on the shadow side so you can take photos of the sunny side.
  • When you explore the city, steer clear of fast-food outlets, and instead warm up at a café or two. Here’s how the locals do it. And, for the love of coffee, stay away from Starbucks.

Amsterdam Weather Facts: February

Temperatures
• Average lows: -1° C (30.2° F)
• Average highs: 5.5° C (42° F)

Sunrise & Sunset
• February 1 – 8:22 a.m. / 5:27 p.m.
• February 28 – 7:31 a.m. / 6:17 p.m.

Rainfall
• Average 44mm (1.7 inches) in 72 hours

This weather information is provided by Amsterdam native Anton Hein, who is not a meteorologist, and who can not be blamed if your weather experience in Amsterdam is different from what he led you to believe.

Suffice it to say that he knows when to stay indoors with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, some jazz and soul on the radio, and a pot of chili on the stove.

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This post was last updated: Feb. 19, 2020