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The climate of Zutphen (the Netherlands)
Zutphen is a Hanseatic city located in the province of Gelderland. The Hanseatic route is one of the oldest trading routes in Europe. Among other cities on this trading route were: Bergen (Norway), Hamburg (Germany), Riga (Lithuania) and Brugge/Bruges (Belgium). Zutphen was granted a charter and town privileges in the 11th century, making it one of the oldest towns in the country. Only Deventer and Utrecht preceded Zutphen in receiving town privileges. This also allowed Zutphen to become self-governing and have a judicial court. Zutphen is located on the banks of the river IJssel. Zutphen is situated on the border of two regions, the Achterhoek in the eastern part and the Veluwe in the western part of the city, which is also known as the Hoven.
Zutphen is also known as the ‘Tower City’or the city of many towers. Prior to the division of the Netherlands into provinces by the Union of Utrecht Zutphen was the capital of the County of Zutphen which extended as far as Doetinchem. The county of Zutphen was the last county to join the province of Gelderland. Partially because of this Arnhem became the capital of the province of Gelderland. However, when you stroll through the city center, you will notice a large number of monumental buildings, churches and towers for a comparatively small city with a population of 47,000.
The largest and oldest church in Zutphen is the St. Walburgis (St. Walpurga) church dating back to the eleventh century. The present Gothic building contains monuments of the former counts of Zutphen (later to become the dukes of Guelders), a fourteenth century so-called Jerusalem Chandelier, an elaborate copper holy water font (1527), and a monument to the Van Heeckeren family (1700), and on the pillars and vaulted ceilings of the church a great number of secco paintings can be found. The church used to be a collegiate church run by canons, complete with dean and chapter. The building and the interior of its library have remained almost unchanged throughout the ages. The church still houses a library ("Librije"), in fact a pre-Reformation library which contains a great number of valuable manuscripts and incunabula. The greater part of the original collection of books is still in situ. It is considered to be one of the 3 remaining medieval chained libraries in Europe (the other 2 being in England and Italy). The old books are still chained to their ancient wooden desks, a method introduced centuries ago, dating from the times when the library was a "public library" and the chains prevented the books from being stolen. Guided tours are held in the Walburgis church and the Librije (March – October).
Nowadays Zutphen has one of the best preserved medieval town centres of North-Western Europe, including the remains of the medieval town wall and a few hundred buildings dating from the 13th - 15th centuries. Because of its ideal situation in between the Veluwe and the Achterhoek Zutphen is very popular among cyclists and walkers. Zutphen has a moderate maritime climate with mild winters and cool and wet summers. However, the surroundings of Zutphen mainly consist of sandy grounds causing temperatures to be slightly higher during the summer than in other places in the country.


Climate information
The data below is based on registered weather data and applies to Zutphen:

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temperature (°C)
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average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 5 -1 2 20 n/a
February 6 -1 3 14 n/a
March 9 2 4 20 n/a
April 13 3 5 18 n/a
May 18 7 7 19 n/a
June 20 10 6 20 n/a
July 22 12 7 19 n/a
August 22 12 7 19 n/a
September 19 9 5 19 n/a
October 14 6 4 20 n/a
November 9 3 2 22 n/a
December 6 1 2 22 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

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