Amsterdam Weather Guide

In weatherman terms, Amsterdam is susceptible to mostly mild conditions thanks to its oceanic climate and surrounding bodies of water. In layman's terms, this means it's always bike-riding weather in Amsterdam.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

On average, summer in Amsterdam is more warm than hot, although steamy days and rain are not totally out of the question. The weather may be slightly unpredictable but one constant is the number of tourists - a lot! Like most of Europe, summer in Amsterdam marks the tourist high season with travellers coming in their droves and accommodation prices soaring. The warmer conditions means it time to flash the flesh at a number of summer festivals including the Gay and Lesbian Summer Festival in July and numerous dance music fests.

Average temperatures: 15 - 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Casual summer clothes.
Don't forget: Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

Autumn: September to November

If you'd rather avoid the tourist hordes, then hold out until autumn to visit Amsterdam when the weather is still quite pleasant, but the crowds considerably smaller. During these months, Amsterdam hosts a number of enjoyable events and festivals including Open Monument Day, Museum Night, Bock Beer Festival and the dubious High Times Cannabis Cup. Check out the Lockdown Festival in September for bass and beats, and the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival in November too.

Average temperatures: 7 - 14 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Light layers and a jacket or jumper for night-time.
Don't forget: To book festival tickets in advance.

Winter: December to February

Spending winter in Amsterdam is very much about spending Christmas in Amsterdam. While the promise of a white Christmas is hard to resist, winter in Amsterdam also means shopping at Christmas markets, ice skating outside, admiring the festive lights and warming up with mulled wine. All in all, winter is a picture-perfect time to visit the city if you don't mind the cold.

Average temperatures: 3 - 4 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Warm clothes, a scarf, beanie and a warm winter coat.
Don't forget: Your camera and Euros to hire ice skates.

Spring: March to May

As the capital of a country famed for its tulips, spring in Amsterdam is very much about colour. Parks come into bloom in an array of hues, locals shed their winter coats to reveal colourful spring fashion and the country's public holiday of Koningsdag, or King's Day (formerly known as Queen's Day) in late April, sees the city burst with orange-coloured celebrations to commemorate the Netherland's much-loved royals.

Average temperatures: 6 - 12 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering - jeans, long-sleeve tops and jumpers.
Don't forget: An orange costume, mask or wig for King's Day.