The best times to visit Amsterdam for ideal weather are
May 21st to October 7th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Amsterdam Travel Guide
Weather in Amsterdam
Average temperatures in Amsterdam vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 30th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Amsterdam, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early July where highs are regularly around 73.5°F (23.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 56.9°F (13.8°C) at night.
Amsterdam Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Amsterdam Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Amsterdam Perceived Temperature (F)
Amsterdam Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Amsterdam Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Amsterdam are April, March, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid April. For example, on the week of April 16th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 9th.
When can you find snow in Amsterdam? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around December, especially close to late November to early December. The best time to ski (if at all) in Amsterdam is often around around November 26th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Amsterdam.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Amsterdam (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Amsterdam has some extremely humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is May (64.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (84.4%).
Wind in Amsterdam is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by December and February. January’s average wind speed of around 11.7 knots (13.5 MPH or 21.7 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid January where average top sustained speeds reach 19.3 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Amsterdam.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||11.7||Significant breeze||17.9||Strong breeze|
|Feb||10.4||Gentle breeze||16.3||Significant breeze|
|Mar||10.2||Gentle breeze||16.2||Strong breeze|
|Apr||8.8||Gentle breeze||15||Significant breeze|
|May||9.3||Gentle breeze||15.5||Strong breeze|
|Jun||8.7||Gentle breeze||15||Significant breeze|
|Jul||9||Gentle breeze||15.5||Strong breeze|
|Aug||8.7||Gentle breeze||15||Significant breeze|
|Sep||8.5||Gentle breeze||14.6||Strong breeze|
|Oct||9||Gentle breeze||14.7||Significant breeze|
|Nov||10.2||Gentle breeze||16.4||Strong breeze|
|Dec||11.4||Significant breeze||17.7||Strong breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Amsterdam?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Aug 21, 2019 there are travel warnings for the Netherlands; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 14, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Amsterdam, the Netherlands is January, followed by August and September. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Amsterdam in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Amsterdam Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 66.5°F (19.2°C) and 47.2°F (8.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 6 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 7 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Amsterdam, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 68°F (20°C) and 45.8°F (7.7°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 8 to 9 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Amsterdam to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 47.2°F (8.4°C) and 41.7°F (5.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 10 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.