Amsterdam weather

Our guide to the weather in Amsterdam during May

16

Average high

4

UV Index

79mm

Monthly rainfall

76%

Humidity

We've looked at the most up-to-date weather data for Amsterdam, covering the last 12 years up to 2023, plus we've asked our team of travel bloggers for their first-hand experiences in order to answer the most frequently asked questions about Amsterdam weather in May.

What's the weather like in Amsterdam during May?

Carrie Ann Lightley The weather in Amsterdam in May is pleasant, with warm temperatures which get higher towards the end of the month. It's often breezy, with petals from the blossom trees blowing around the city. Answered by Carrie Ann Lightley

What should I pack for a holiday in Amsterdam during May?

Carrie Ann Lightley Packing for Amsterdam in May should include jeans or light trousers, tshirst, and especially if you feel the cold easily, a jacket to protect against the breeze. Answered by Carrie Ann Lightley

What's great about Amsterdam in May?

Carrie Ann Lightley May is the last chance to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere in Amsterdam before the busy crowds and high temperatures of the summer months. Answered by Carrie Ann Lightley

What's the temperature like in Amsterdam during May?

The temperature reaches around 16℃ during the daytime in May, falling away to 9℃ at night. The UV index will be moderate at this time of year, so not something to worry about for the average person. However, if you're going to be outside for long periods it's worth wearing a broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen and UV-blocking sunglasses. Remember that bright surfaces, such as water and sand increase UV exposure.

Does it rain in Amsterdam during May?

On average, there will be 6 rainy days during the month, amounting to 78.8mm in total. That's broadly comparable with the amount of rain we see in England during the summer months, and would be considered dry. There's a small chance that you'll catch a thunderstorm during your trip.

Is it windy in Amsterdam during May?

You're unlikely to experience any strong winds. Expect a gentle breeze that increases to moderate at times during May. With moderate air temperatures, any breeze will feel cool.

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