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Netherlands Climate & Weather

Netherlands Climate and Weather


The Netherlands has a fairly temperate climate, very similar to the UK: there are four distinct seasons but the temperatures are variable year-round and rain occurs throughout the year. The weather is particularly changeable on the coast, where it is influenced by the ocean. The Netherlands experiences cool summers, between June and August, and mild winters, between December and February. The average summer temperatures range between 53°F and 72°F (12°C and 22°C), and the average winter temperatures range between 34°F and 43°F (1°C and 6°C). Snow can fall anytime between November and April, although the Netherlands only experiences about 25 snowy days a year on average. Although rainfall can occur at any time of year it is marginally more common in summer and autumn. Tourists should ensure that they take along a rain jacket whatever time of year they are travelling to the Netherlands.

Despite the hordes of tourists the best time to visit the Netherlands is over the summer (June ot August), or in spring (May) when the famous tulips are in bloom. However, the Netherlands is a year-round travel destination as enjoyment of the cultural attractions, like museums, galleries, restaurants and historic buildings is mostly not weather dependant.


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