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How is the Weather in Amsterdam in August?

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August in Amsterdam features comfortable afternoons with cool to chilly nights. 


Temperatures

Daytime high temperatures generally are near 22-23 C (71-74 F) early in August but will fall to 20-21 C (68-70 F) near the end of this month. 

A few of the warmer afternoons, especially early in August can reach up near 27 C (81 F).

The record high temperature for Amsterdam during August is 34.5 C (94.1 F).

Late night and early morning low temperatures tend to be near 14 C (57-58 F) early in the month but will fall to 12-13 C (53-55 F) near the end of the month.

A few of the cooler mornings, especially near the end of the month, can dip down near 9 C (48 F).

The record low temperature for Amsterdam during August is 0 C (32 F).

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Sun and Rain

During August, on average, you should expect about 13 sunny, 4 partly sunny, and 14 mostly cloudy days.

About 11-14 days will record some rainfall, however, only 8-9 days record at least 1 mm (0.04 inches) or more. 


Daylight 

The number of daylight hours decreases rapidly this month from about 15.5 hours on the 1st to about 13.7 hours by the 31st. 


Windspeed

During August, wind speeds will be mostly gentle to moderate at 12-28 kph (8-18 mph).


Ocean Beaches

The beaches near Amsterdam are more rugged but offer great photo ops as well as many water sports.

Ocean temperatures tend to be on the cool side during August, mostly 18-19 C (65-66 F).


What to Wear in Amsterdam During August?

Summer in Amsterdam offers comfortable days with few very warm days. 

It is best to bring both long and short-sleeved shirts, comfortable pants, jeans, and dresses for both cool and warm days.

A windbreaker and a couple of sweaters will be needed for the cooler nights and mornings, especially late in August.

Sandals and sneakers, comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella for the rainy days will also come in handy.


Things to Do in Amsterdam During August

While there is expected to be a lot of rain and cloudy days this month, there should also be enough sunny days that you might want to consider a pay-what-you-want walking tour of Amsterdam.

This would also be a good time to take a cruise down the canals of Amsterdam and feel the breeze on a hot summer day.

If you're trying to avoid the heat, consider waiting until after dark to take a tour of the historic Red Light District.

For more ideas, make sure to check our full post covering things to do in Amsterdam.


Fred Pickhardt

Ocean Weather Services

About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: May 28th, 2022
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