Amsterdam’s geographic position and close proximity to the North Sea give the city a cool oceanic climate, best described as mild and damp. Rain is likely throughout the year, though more in the form of light rain than heavy showers, so whatever the time of year you visit the city, pack an umbrella or rainwear. Spring is a good time to come to Amsterdam, particularly if you plan a trip out to see the tulip fields, but the weather can be quite changeable. Summers tend be warm, with temperatures between 20 and 25 °C and the city is at its liveliest, with terraces teeming with locals and tourists. As can be expected, the coldest months are from December to March with cold north-westerly winds, and although temperatures rarely drop below 0 °C, it can feel bitterly cold at night. Snow is rare, but gives the city a special atmosphere and in really cold spells, you will see the Dutch enjoying ice-skating. The climate is not Amsterdam’s greatest asset, but its main attractions can be enjoyed all year round.
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