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Weather in May in The Netherlands

Planning a journey to the Netherlands this May and curious over the weather conditions to await? Your essential details are found on this page, answering your query:

What is the weather like in the Netherlands in May?

May in the Netherlands generally has temperatures that range from moderate to pleasant, with moderate precipitation.

Temperatures

Based on our climate data spanning from 1990-2020, the average maximum temperature is moderate in Oost-Vlieland at 14°C to pleasant in Roggel at 20°C. Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 9°C in Roggel and 11°C in Oost-Vlieland.

Precipitation

In May, precipitation varies across different areas. From moderate rainfall in De Koog with an average of 53 mm to moderate rainfall in Biddinghuizen with 73 mm.

Average sunshine

Meanwhile, Amsterdam enjoys close to 220 hours of sunlight. This means it's a great month if you prefer bright and sunny days.

For a closer look at May's conditions in the Netherlands, see the map below. For a more detailed look at the Netherlands's yearly weather, check out our the Netherlands climate page.

Where to go in the Netherlands in May

Find more information for the most popular destinations in the the Netherlands on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailes.

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Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

Popular destinations

What is the weather like in May for the 5 most popular destinations in the Netherlands?

Amsterdam

In May Amsterdam generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 17°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 10°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Amsterdam
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
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<<   April April
<<  
14°C 
6°C 
181 hours 
56 mm 
13 days 
17°C 
10°C 
220 hours 
66 mm 
14 days 
June   >> June
>>  
20°C 
12°C 
203 hours 
75 mm 
14 days 
Climate in Amsterdam

Zandvoort

In May Zandvoort generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 16°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 10°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Zandvoort
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
<<   April April
<<  
12°C 
7°C 
52 mm 
13 days 
16°C 
10°C 
64 mm 
14 days 
June   >> June
>>  
18°C 
13°C 
71 mm 
13 days 
Climate in Zandvoort

The Hague

In May The Hague generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 17°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 10°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

The Hague
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
<<   April April
<<  
14°C 
6°C 
192 hours 
52 mm 
13 days 
17°C 
10°C 
232 hours 
63 mm 
14 days 
June   >> June
>>  
19°C 
12°C 
218 hours 
69 mm 
13 days 
Climate in The Hague

Rotterdam

In May Rotterdam generally has pleasant temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 18°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Rotterdam
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
<<   April April
<<  
15°C 
6°C 
193 hours 
54 mm 
13 days 
18°C 
9°C 
228 hours 
65 mm 
14 days 
June   >> June
>>  
21°C 
12°C 
215 hours 
71 mm 
13 days 
Climate in Rotterdam

Maastricht

In May Maastricht generally has pleasant temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 19°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Maastricht
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
<<   April April
<<  
16°C 
6°C 
179 hours 
55 mm 
16 days 
19°C 
9°C 
210 hours 
63 mm 
16 days 
June   >> June
>>  
22°C 
12°C 
206 hours 
75 mm 
15 days 
Climate in Maastricht

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in the Netherlands.

Is May the best time to visit the Netherlands?

Given the typically tolerable weather conditions in Amsterdam, May might be a good time to visit the Netherlands.

On average, the best time to visit the Netherlands is in June, July and August with generally perfect weather in Amsterdam. On the other hand, the weather in January, February, March and December tend to be poor.

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