Best Time to Visit North Sea

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit North Sea. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Sylt und Norderney. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit North Sea for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol -1 °C to 19 °C
Waves Symbol 3 °C to 20 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.383.7 in (8 – 16 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 8.4 °C (Sylt) and 9 °C (Norderney)
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Geographical location

The North Sea in northern Europe covers an area of approximately 357000 square miles and is 95 metres deep on average.

It borders Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Norway and Denmark. It also borders the European North Sea in the north, the English Channel in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east.

In the North Sea there are various groups of islands, the most famous of which are the East Frisian and North Frisian islands. The climate data of the two popular German destinations Sylt (North Frisia) and Norderney (East Frisia) are shown on this page as examples.

Other well known German North Sea islands are Föhr, Amrum, Borkum, Pellworm, Langeoog, Spiekeroog and Juist.

Climate at the North Sea

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Characteristics of the North Sea are quite many rainy days, steady wind and a strong tidal change between low and high tide about every 12 hours. In the neighbouring regions there is a maritime climate with moderate temperatures in summer and often mild temperatures in winter, as the sea stores the heat. The temperature of the water varies from region to region.

In the northern North Sea, the water temperature is usually around 10 °C, while in more southern areas the temperature rises to 20 °C in summer. The summer months on the German North Sea islands are comparatively fresh, but quite friendly and with 7 to 8 hours of sunshine per day also very pleasant. In fact, Sylt, for example, is one of the sunniest regions in the north.

Best Time to Visit North Sea: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 3 °C
Water max. 6 °C
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 4 °C
Water max. 7 °C
MarchMar
MaximumMax. 6 °C
Water max. 11 °C
AprilApr
MaximumMax. 9 °C
Water max. 14 °C
MayMay
MaximumMax. 14 °C
JuneJun
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OctoberOct
MaximumMax. 13 °C
Water max. 13 °C
NovemberNov
MaximumMax. 8 °C
Water max. 11 °C
DecemberDec
MaximumMax. 5 °C
Water max. 8 °C

When to go to the North Sea?


Basically the North Sea is worth a trip all year round. Between November and February it is not only cold, but the days are also very short and gloomy. From mid-March it will be slower, Easter is already a very popular travel season on Sylt, Norderney and the other islands.

The best time to visit the North Sea Islands is between May and mid-October. In the summer months, the North Sea warms up in the south so that bathing is also possible on warm days. Although there is precipitation all year round, the constant wind changes the weather faster than in other regions. Because of the wind, the North Sea is very popular with sailors and surfers.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (North Sea) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
SyltJune, July, August, and September
NorderneyJune, July, August, and September

Climate Charts North Sea

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Sylt

Climate Chart Sylt
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Norderney

Climate Chart Norderney
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables North Sea

In the following, you will find some climate tables for North Sea, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Sylt (North Sea)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature14°17°19°19°16°12°
Night Temperature-1°-1°12°13°14°12°
Water Temperature10°13°16°17°15°13°
Precipitation (inch)2.241.381.771.571.652.22.442.833.273.53.72.83
Rainy days12810989111113131613
Hours of Sunshine234688775321
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Sylt is 8.4 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (16.2 °C)
Coldest month: February (0.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Sylt is 17 °C. Comfortable bathing is possible at water temperatures of about 21 °C.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
August

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 29.41 inch on 133 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, April, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 8.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.7 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Norderney (North Sea)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature14°17°19°19°17°13°
Night Temperature-0°12°14°15°12°
Water Temperature11°14°17°19°20°19°15°13°11°
Precipitation (inch)2.361.62.081.621.922.472.992.872.843.163.452.93
Rainy days13912101111111111111414
Hours of Sunshine124577665321
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Norderney is 9 °C.

Warmest month: August (17 °C)
Coldest month: January (1.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Norderney is 20 °C. Comfortable bathing is possible at water temperatures of about 21 °C.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
May, June, July, and August

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 30.29 inch on 138 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, April, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 7.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.2 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


The North Sea is one of the busiest seas in the world and there are many ports on the mainland worth seeing. Especially the numerous fishing harbours are particularly popular with tourists and promise exciting, maritime impressions. Most of the offers in the Dutch and German North Sea resorts are aimed at sport and recreation.

Exciting sights are for example the seal station in Norddeich, the German Naval Museum (Wilhelmshaven), the lighthouse Norderney and the Zwischenahner Meer. On the North Frisian islands we recommend the Erlebniszentrum Naturgewalten Sylt, the Amrum beach and the legendary Uwe Düne near Kampen, while in West Frisia, for example, the Drents-Friese Wold National Park is worth a visit.

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Sylt (Station Tinnum)
overcast clouds     overcast clouds, 2.1 °C
Clouds: 90 %       Wind: 7 mph WNW
Air Pressure: 997 hPa       Humidity: 93 %
Last updated: 24th Jan 2021, 08:08 pm
The next days …
25th Jan 202126th Jan 202127th Jan 202128th Jan 202129th Jan 202130th Jan 2021
light snow4 °C to 4 °Clight rain3 °C to 5 °Cbroken clouds3 °C to 5 °Clight rain2 °C to 4 °Clight rain4 °C to 6 °Cscattered clouds1 °C to 6 °C
4 °C to 4 °C3 °C to 5 °C3 °C to 5 °C2 °C to 4 °C4 °C to 6 °C1 °C to 6 °C
Clouds: 37 %Clouds: 99 %Clouds: 69 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 44 %
0 in of snow0.1 in of rainNo Precipitation0.14 in of rain0.38 in of rainNo Precipitation
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Germany: Regions

North Sea is part of the holiday destination Germany. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

North Sea: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 12 reviews for North Sea holiday already. Average rating is 3.9 of 5 stars.
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    Günther, 66 years old was there in May

    Something from everyone, sometimes sun times wind and cool-even North Sea weather

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Jürgen Schubert, 56 years old was there in April

    Hello together we were back on Norderney from the beginning until the middle of April 2018. We come to the island that has become our second home at least twice a year. We’re just comfortable here. As always, the weather was made for us with sun and wind. Everything for cycling and hiking. We’ll be back soon.
    Many greetings

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Ursula, 66 years old was there in March

    There was everything from bright sunshine to heavy rain.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Peter, 66 years old was there in August

    It has never rained heavily. 1 hour of light drizzle, mostly on the
    At night one could count on heavy rainfalls, from noon on always beautiful sunshine and it was pleasantly warm.
    Been there last week in August.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Petra, 57 years old was there in September

    The weather was partly sunny, partly cloudy, but mostly dry.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Petra, 48 years old was there in December

    It was just winter.pity that there was no snow.It rained a lot.

    Weather Rating: 1 stars – Mostly bad

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    bärbel, 48 years old was there in July

    the first day of arrival was cold and stormy, but from the second day it was sunny and warm

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    luise, 56 years old was there in September

    from 16 days, lots of sun, very pleasant temperatures, little rain and wind

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    sabine, 59 years old was there in August

    sunshine sometimes very windy
    2 days calm and very warm
    beautiful and 19 degrees warm North Sea

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Dagmar, 63 years old was there in May

    It was Majorca weather. From 14 days 1 day was not quite
    Sometimes it was too warm in the wicker beach chair.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Kerstin, 28 years old was there in June

    The weather was very changeable. One day very cool and windy, the next days sun and a little warmer and less windy, then rain and wind, but pleasant temperature.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Elvira, 39 years old was there in October

    dry for a week with sun and very good temperatures. Sometimes I could even go for a walk without my jacket.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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