The Netherlands has a temperate climate with gentle winters, cool summers, and rainfall in every season. With the North Sea on its doorstep, Dutch weather can be quite unpredictable. In wintertime (December to February) there are some days of frost and you will probably see some snow. However, the wet and windy winter cold can be penetrating. If you spend a winter in the Netherlands, by about March you will understand why Dutch people talk so much about the glorious sunshine of countries to the south, and why the minute that spring arrives they run out and turn their faces to the sun every chance they get. In summer (June to August) there are usually a few fairly hot days. In the months between, the temperature will vary from about 5º to 15º C (40º to 60º F) in the course of the day.