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The Definitive Guide to Amsterdam Weather

Planning a vacation to Amsterdam but you don’t have any clear idea as to how you’re going to prepare for it? Or maybe you don’t have any idea as to what you’re supposed to bring? A lot of people enjoy travelling, and that’s not a surprise. What’s sometimes (or often) disappointing is that in the midst of all the preparations, people like to remember the non-essential things such as bringing attractive clothes or bringing lots of makeup, but they end up forgetting about the things that matter, such as the climate and the weather conditions of their country or city of destination.

When it comes to Amsterdam, it’s essential that you really take the climate conditions seriously, because if you’re not used to it, and you’re not prepared for it, then it’s really going to be a bit of a struggle. Well, it’s actually a good thing that you’re reading this now, because this will serve as your ultimate and definitive guide to Amsterdam’s weather conditions, as well as what to do to make the most out of your vacation. Enjoy the ride.

Amsterdam in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall

Winter in Amsterdam
Amsterdam in Winter

Fact: The Amsterdam climate is oceanic due to the proximity to the North Sea. In layman’s terms, this means the temperature does not fluctuate too much. If you go in the summer, it’s usually warm but not too hot. On the other hand, the winters are often mild with not very much snow. However, here is one thing you can definitely count on: clouds and rain. While umbrellas are readily available for sale along the streets of Amsterdam, it’s still better to have some rain gear with you to save you from the hassle of having to buy them when you’re already caught in the rain.

Amsterdam in Winter: So, what’s Amsterdam like in the winter? Typically Amsterdam is chilly in wintertime, with temperatures hovering around freezing. It may rain a lot or even snow, but you can also hope for crisp sunny days. Given this, what are the best things to do in such a chilly time? There are several things you can do even when it’s cold. Wintertime is a terrific season to be in Amsterdam. Be sure to check out the holiday lights and the Amsterdam Light Festival. Go ice skating on the local squares. Take a break at a cafe with a friendly fireplace and everyone’s favorite cozy bars.

Summer in Amsterdam
Amsterdam in Summer

Amsterdam in Spring: If you visit Amsterdam in spring, what can you expect? Can you expect lots of greenery and flowers? You bet. As the weather warms up in spring, Amsterdam comes to life. When the sun peeks out behind the clouds, all Amsterdammers run to sit in the nearest patch of sunshine to soak up the rays after the dark winter. Trees sprout fresh green leaves and flowers bloom in every garden. It’s a beautiful time of year to visit the parks and wander the neighborhoods. Many tourists come to Amsterdam in spring to see the tulips and other flowers at the famous Keukenhof gardens.

Amsterdam in Summer: The sun is out and it’s also the time that you take your vacation in Amsterdam. What is it like? Is it dreary? Or is it very hot? Hmm, here’s a fun fact about Amsterdam’s summers. If you hate hot weather you will love summer in Amsterdam. It isn’t usually too hot, and even if there is a heat wave it will soon pass with sea breezes or a big rainstorm. Summer thunderstorms are fun to experience, with thunder and lightning and torrential downpours. Forget your umbrella, just get soaked and enjoy it.

To tell you the truth, it really doesn’t matter which season you choose to visit Amsterdam. What’s important is that you know what weather conditions are going to greet you when you get there, and that you’re well-prepared for them.


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