The best times to visit the Netherlands for ideal weather are

May 14th 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.

 

 


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Weather in the Netherlands

Temperature

Average temperatures in the Netherlands vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 36th 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 the Netherlands, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 71.4°F (21.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 56.7°F (13.7°C) at night.

the Netherlands Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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the Netherlands Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

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.

the Netherlands Perceived Temperature (F)

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the Netherlands Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average the Netherlands 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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 43 39.5 35.4
Feb 43.4 39.3 35
Mar 48.7 43 37.3
Apr 56.5 49.2 41.9
May 60.7 54.2 47.4
Jun 65.8 59.2 52.4
Jul 70 63.4 56.8
Aug 69.9 63.3 56.7
Sep 64.7 58.6 52.4
Oct 58.1 52.8 47.3
Nov 50.7 46.7 42.3
Dec 44.5 41 36.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 6.1 4.2 1.9
Feb 6.3 4.1 1.7
Mar 9.3 6.1 2.9
Apr 13.6 9.6 5.5
May 15.9 12.3 8.6
Jun 18.8 15.1 11.3
Jul 21.1 17.4 13.8
Aug 21.1 17.4 13.7
Sep 18.2 14.8 11.3
Oct 14.5 11.6 8.5
Nov 10.4 8.2 5.7
Dec 6.9 5 2.7

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in the Netherlands are April, March, and then February. 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 December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 3rd.

When can you find snow in the Netherlands? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around November, especially close to late November to early December. The best time to ski (if at all) in the Netherlands 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.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in the Netherlands.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in the Netherlands (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 20% 0 2
Feb 14% 0 1.2
Mar 13% 0 1.2
Apr 8% 0 0.7
May 14% 0 1.5
Jun 16% 0 1.6
Jul 21% 0 2.6
Aug 19% 0 2.3
Sep 16% 0 1.7
Oct 17% 0 1.9
Nov 19% 59.1 1.8
Dec 21% 59.1 2.1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 20 0 5.1
Feb 14 0 3
Mar 13 0 3
Apr 8 0 1.8
May 14 0 3.8
Jun 16 0 4.1
Jul 21 0 6.6
Aug 19 0 5.8
Sep 16 0 4.3
Oct 17 0 4.8
Nov 19 150.1 4.6
Dec 21 150.1 5.3

 

Humidity and Wind

the Netherlands has some extremely humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is May (69.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (81.4%).

Wind in the Netherlands is usually stronger than many places. The windiest month is December, followed by January and November. December’s average wind speed of around 13.6 knots (15.6 MPH or 25.2 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 December where average top sustained speeds reach 21.5 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in the Netherlands.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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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 13.6 Significant breeze 19.7 Strong breeze
Feb 12.2 Significant breeze 18 Strong breeze
Mar 12 Significant breeze 18 Strong breeze
Apr 10.2 Gentle breeze 16.1 Significant breeze
May 10.7 Gentle breeze 16.7 Strong breeze
Jun 9.8 Gentle breeze 15.6 Significant breeze
Jul 9.9 Gentle breeze 15.9 Strong breeze
Aug 9.9 Gentle breeze 15.8 Significant breeze
Sep 10.3 Gentle breeze 16 Strong breeze
Oct 11.2 Significant breeze 17 Strong breeze
Nov 13 Significant breeze 19.4 Strong breeze
Dec 13.6 Significant breeze 19.9 Strong breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 81.2%
Feb 79.8%
Mar 74%
Apr 69.5%
May 69.2%
Jun 71.6%
Jul 73.1%
Aug 73.1%
Sep 75.6%
Oct 78.2%
Nov 81.4%
Dec 81.2%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to the Netherlands?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 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 22, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in the Netherlands is August, followed by July and April. 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 the Netherlands in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 78.8 in November means 78.8% of the tourists vs. August.

 

 

Overall the Netherlands Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 63.7°F (17.6°C) and 46.3°F (7.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 4 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 the most precipitation with 5 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in the Netherlands, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 66.8°F (19.3°C) and 45.8°F (7.7°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 6 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 the Netherlands to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 46.3°F (7.9°C) and 41.1°F (5.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 7 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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