Average Weather at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Netherlands
At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the summers are comfortable; the winters are long, very cold, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 34°F to 72°F and is rarely below 22°F or above 81°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for warm-weather activities is from late June to early September.
The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 10 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 66°F. The hottest day of the year is August 5, with an average high of 72°F and low of 57°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.8 months, from November 20 to March 13, with an average daily high temperature below 48°F. The coldest day of the year is February 8, with an average low of 34°F and high of 43°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol begins around March 30 and lasts for 6.2 months, ending around October 6. On July 22, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 58% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 42% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 6 and lasts for 5.8 months, ending around March 30. On December 30, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 68% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 32% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from August 29 to February 3, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on December 23.
The drier season lasts 6.8 months, from February 3 to August 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on April 23.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 36% on December 23.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 26, with an average total accumulation of 2.4 inches.
The least rain falls around April 19, with an average total accumulation of 1.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 41 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 16 hours, 48 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:18 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 32 minutes later at 8:50 AM on December 30. The earliest sunset is at 4:27 PM on December 13, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 39 minutes later at 10:06 PM on June 25.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol during 2017, starting in the spring on March 26, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 29.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 2% of 2% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from October 10 to March 25, with average wind speeds of more than 13.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 2, with an average hourly wind speed of 15.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.5 months, from March 25 to October 10. The calmest day of the year is August 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.3 weeks, from January 4 to January 13 and for 2.3 months, from October 2 to December 10, with a peak percentage of 38% on October 31. The wind is most often from the west for 3.1 months, from January 13 to April 17; for 4.5 months, from May 16 to October 2; and for 3.6 weeks, from December 10 to January 4, with a peak percentage of 45% on July 3. The wind is most often from the north for 4.1 weeks, from April 17 to May 16, with a peak percentage of 29% on April 25.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.2 months, from June 29 to October 3, with an average temperature above 60°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 14, with an average temperature of 65°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.8 months, from December 18 to April 12, with an average temperature below 46°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 20, with an average temperature of 41°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to early September, with a peak score in the first week of August.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
The growing season at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol typically lasts for 7.5 months (231 days), from around April 3 to around November 20, rarely starting before March 2 or after April 26, and rarely ending before October 25 or after December 17.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol should appear around April 29, only rarely appearing before April 15 or after May 13.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from April 30 to August 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 27, with an average of 6.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from October 24 to February 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 0.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are 52.310 deg latitude, 4.760 deg longitude, and -13 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 138 feet and an average elevation above sea level of -14 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (233 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (466 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is covered by artificial surfaces (67%) and cropland (32%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (42%) and grassland (25%), and within 50 miles by water (44%) and grassland (19%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.
In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.
The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to Valkenburg, De Bilt, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Soesterberg Air Base, De Kooy, Gilze-Rijen, Lelystad Airport, and Hoorn-A Helipad Oil Platform.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .