Amsterdam Climate & Weather

Amsterdam Climate and Weather

The climate of Amsterdam is temperate, generally mild and damp, with the weather influenced by the prevailing westerly winds and the Atlantic Ocean. Winters, between December and February, are fairly mild, though frost can occur; while summers, between June and August, are warm but seldom hot. Cloudy, rainy days can be expected at any time of year, and rainfall usually comes in the form of drizzle. On the whole the weather in Amsterdam is very changeable, and even in mid-summer visitors who travel to Amsterdam should be prepared for sudden drops in temperature. Spring and autumn in particular are characterised by unsettled weather. A foul weather jacket is advisable at any time of year.

The best time to visit Amsterdam is spring (March to May), when the famous tulips are in bloom, although summer, between June and August, is the peak tourist season and can be crowded. Essentially Amsterdam is a year-round destination and some travellers prefer to visit in autumn or winter, when the city is at its cheapest and least crowded - the majority of Amsterdam's tourist attractions are cultural and can be enjoyed in any weather, which is a good thing considering the unreliability of the climate in any season.

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