Netherlands Weather Guide

The Netherlands has a typical moderate marine climate. Because it’s close to the sea, the winters aren’t too cold and the summers aren’t too hot. It does rain a fair bit in Holland especially in the afternoons, so make sure you pack an umbrella or raincoat.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Summer is a popular time to visit the Netherlands. The canals are packed with tiny boats, the parks are filled with picnickers and everyone is out in the sun having a lovely time. The weather is warm with about 7 hours of daily sunshine, so summer is a good season for watersports too. There’s a little bit of rain, but not holiday-spoiling showers.

Autumn: September to November

Autumn is a colourful time to visit Holland. The forests and parks turn lovely shades of yellows, oranges, reds and browns, perfect for Instagramming or posting on Facebook. Weather-wise, there’s a few storms and more rainfall, but still plenty of sunshine to enjoy. It’s also the best time of year to eat oysters and mussels at chic cafes.

Winter: December to February

Holland’s winter gets a little icy and a little snowy, but don’t let the cold put you off, there’s plenty of delicious Dutch dishes that’ll warm your belly. Plus, the landscapes are quite lovely in the snow too with plenty of festive cheer at the seasonal Christmas markets. It’s also the time of year where you can strap on your ice skates for a turn around the outdoor rinks, or get comfy indoors in a cosy pub.

Spring: March to May

Spring, also known as tulip season, is when the country is in full bloom. It’s also when King’s Day is held, making April a fabulous time to visit for street parties and festivities across the country. Don’t forget to don orange from top to toe! Weather-wise, things are starting to warm up around the Netherlands, so you can have a day at the beach or on the water. The nights are a little chilly still though, so make sure you pack a few woollies.