Sick of Dutch rain? May will start off dry and relatively sunny

Cold Dutch weather is finally giving us a break, as May brings some much-needed sun and drier days. 

It’s fair to say the Netherlands hasn’t really been blessed with warm spring weather this year. In fact, it wasn’t till the very last week of April that we started to see hints of summer creeping over the horizon. 

So, onto the question you’ve all been waiting for: will we finally get hours of sunshine to enjoy a drink on a terrasje? Sure, but only at the beginning of May (cue: rolls eyes in frustration). 🙄

The first week of May: drier days

April gave us disappointingly cold and rainy days, where we were more than happy to stay inside to avoid getting soaked. To make up for it, May will be kinder and will start off a whole lot drier, reports

While a few showers are possible at the beginning of the week (this is the Netherlands, after all!), the chance of rain gradually decreases over the following days.

Temperatures over the upcoming days may hit a max of 15 degrees Celsius in the south, whilst the north isn’t quite as lucky and only averages about 12 degrees Celsius. 

Despite the week ahead alternating between sun and clouds, the weather should at least stay dry enough that we won’t need our warm rainproof jackets.

Back to disappointment: winds ahead 

For those hoping that the Netherlands would eindelijk give us balmy sunny days where we can throw on our shades and go swimming, we’re afraid to be the bearer of bad news. 

Strong westerly winds will hit our country during the second and third week of May, bringing with them a higher chance of rain. Since wind direction strongly determines the temperature, temperatures in mid-May will be between 16 to 19 degrees Celsius. 

(So close to that 20 degrees Celsius we’ve been longing to hit, but, unfortunately, not close enough. 😓)

There’s no need to despair just yet, though! The last week of May may give us what we’re all hoping for: temperatures between 17 and 20 degrees Celsius, making it the perfect weather to plan some fun outdoor activities. 🏖️

How are you planning to enjoy the drier weather ahead? Tell us in the comments below!

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Francesca Burbano
Francesca Burbano
Francesca is an international at heart but moved to the Netherlands to get her degree in media and communication. While she's not a big fan of the cold weather and biking (for good reason — she's been hit by bikes three times already), she fell in love with the canals, bitterballen, and the 'gezelligheid' of Dutch culture. When she's not writing, you'll find her reading thriller books, hitting her personal records at the gym, and cuddling up with her Ragdoll cat.


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