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.
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” 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
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
Hay niebla – there is fog
Hay relámpagos – There is lightning
Hay viento – there is wind
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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