Spanish Weather Vocabulary Words

It’s important to know how to talk about the weather in Spanish. 

Weather is a great conversation starter. 

Think about how often you mention the weather in your Native language. 

For sure a few times a week, right?

Of course, when it comes to the weather, we know it’s important to know different words and phrases.

But those words and phrases are not that popular when you are listening to a podcast, or consuming a lot of Spanish. 

Weather phrases really only come up when you are having conversations with other people. 

So if you’re at the stage of learning Spanish, where you aren’t really communicating with other people that often but consuming a lot of Spanish, it’s very likely that you still aren’t familiar with a lot of the basic weather words and phrases that relate to the weather.

In this article, we will do a quick little review on Spanish weather terms. 

We will give you different words and phrases you can use to explain what the weather is doing.

If you’re a beginner this can serve as a good introduction to this topic…

And if you’re intermediate or advanced, this can serve as a review of important words and phrases related to the weather in Spanish. 

Spanish Weather vocabulary words and phrases

Below is a list of words and phrases about the weather in Spanish. Below each word will be the audio for the pronunciation. Be sure to watch the video above for a more thorough explication of the words and phrases. 

El tiempo – The weather

El clima – the climate

Using the verb "estar" with the weather.

Using the verb “estar” is a good way for beginners to get familiar with talking about the weather. That’s because when we talk about the weather in English we use the “to be” verb. 

For example, “it’s sunny,” “it’s cloud,” “it’s raining,” etc. It’s very important for you to understand how to say phrases like those in Spanish. See below:

Está soleado – it’s sunny

Está lloviendo – it’s raining

Está nevando – it’s snowing

Está tormentoso – it’s storming

Está ventoso – it’s windy

Está despejado – it’s clear

Está nublado – it’s cloudy

¿Qué hace el tiempo? - What's the Weather doing?

Here are where things get a little confusing for non-native speakers. In Spanish, we also use the verb “hacer” to talk about the weather. The verb “hacer” means “to do.” So technically, we are saying “what the weather is doing.”

It’s very common to see the verb “hacer” being used with weather. So if someone asks you, “Qué hace el tiempo hoy?” A direct translation is “What is the weather doing today?” but that phrase really just means, “What’s the weather like today?”

Hace frío – It’s cold

Hace calor – It’s hot

Hace fresco – It’s cool

Hace buen tiempo – the weather is nice

Hace mal tiempo – the weather is bad

¿Qué hay? - What is there?

Hay niebla – there is fog

Hay relámpagos – There is lightning

Hay viento – there is wind

Fenómenos climáticos - Weather Events

Now let’s talk about a few different weather events

Tormenta de nieve – blizzard

La inundación/el diluvio – flood

Tornado – tornado

El huracán – hurricane


That is a quick run-through of different Spanish vocabulary words.

I’m sure I didn’t cover EVERY single weather topic but I wanted to do a quick review…

Because, like I said in the beginning, weather is an important aspect of Spanish to know even though it often gets forgotten. 

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