Weather Expressions in Spanish


Guide to Talking About the Weather in Spanish

The weather, a universal conversation starter, transcends language barriers. In Spanish, discussing the weather is a breeze with the right knowledge. This guide equips you with essential vocabulary, grammar tips, and a variety of expressions to navigate any weather-related chat, making you a weather-whiz in Spanish!

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Essential Vocabulary and Grammar

  • Verbs and Subjects: Many weather expressions rely on the verb “hacer” (to do/to make). Remember, weather phenomena are the subjects, so “hacer” is conjugated accordingly. “Hace sol” (it is sunny) emphasizes the sun as the active agent.
  • Accents and Pronunciation: Spanish uses written accents to indicate stressed vowels. Mastering these accents is crucial for clear communication. Here are some common weather terms with accents: viento (wind), frío (cold), llueve (it rains).

Vocabulary List:

  • General Weather in Spanish:
    • el tiempo (weather)
    • el clima (climate)
    • hacer buen tiempo (to have good weather)
    • hacer mal tiempo (to have bad weather)
  • Sunny in Spanish:
    • el sol (sun)
    • soleado/a (sunny)
    • un día radiante (a radiant day)
    • un sol hermoso (a beautiful sun)
  • Cloudy in Spanish:
    • las nubes (clouds)
    • nublado/a (cloudy)
    • estar cubierto (to be overcast)
    • el cielo está encapotado (the sky is heavy/clouded)
  • Rainy in Spanish:
    • la lluvia (rain)
    • llover (to rain)
    • estar lloviendo (it is raining)
    • un chaparrón (a downpour)
    • llovizna (drizzle)
  • Snowy in Spanish:
    • la nieve (snow)
    • nevar (to snow)
    • estar nevando (it is snowing)
    • copos (flakes)
    • el paisaje está nevado (the landscape is snow-covered)
  • Hot and Cold in Spanish:
    • el calor (heat)
    • frío (cold)
    • la temperatura (temperature)
    • hacer calor (to be hot)
    • hacer frío (to be cold)
    • sofocante (suffocating)
    • agradable (pleasant)
    • calar los huesos (to chill the bones)
  • Windy in Spanish:
    • el viento (wind)
    • hacer viento (to be windy)
    • soplar (to blow)
  • Other:
    • la niebla (fog)
    • la humedad (humidity)
    • una tormenta (storm)
    • un relámpago (lightning)
    • un trueno (thunder)

Expressions for Every Season in Spanish:

  • Sunny Skies in Spanish:
    • Hace un día radiante. (It’s a radiant day.) – Emphasizes the bright sunshine.
    • Hay un sol hermoso. (There’s a beautiful sun.) – Highlights the beauty of the sunshine.
  • Cloudy Days in Spanish:
    • Está cubierto. (It’s overcast.) – A simpler way to say “it’s cloudy.”
    • El cielo está encapotado. (The sky is heavy/clouded.) – Creates a more descriptive image.
  • Rainy Days in Spanish:
    • Está cayendo un chaparrón. (There’s a downpour.) – Focuses on the intensity of the rain.
    • Llovizna un poco. (It’s drizzling a bit.) – Indicates light rain.
  • Snowy Days in Spanish:
    • Nieva a copos grandes. (It’s snowing in big flakes.) – Describes the size of snowflakes.
    • El paisaje está nevado. (The landscape is snow-covered.) – Creates a picturesque image.
  • Hot and Cold Temperatures in Spanish:
    • Hace un calor sofocante. (It’s suffocating hot.) – Expresses discomfort due to extreme heat.
    • Hace un frío que cala los huesos. (It’s a bone-chilling cold.) – Emphasizes the intensity of the cold.
    • Hay una temperatura agradable. (There’s a pleasant temperature.) – Indicates comfortable weather.