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Spanish Weather Vocabulary You Need to Know

In this article you will find the most common Spanish weather vocabulary to talk about the weather and climate.

Weather is something we all talk about. Most of the times, it is even a conversation starter. For example, haven’t you ever started a conversation saying something like?: What a nice day! or it is colder today. The same happens in Spanish.

Also, knowing more vocabulary will always help with your speaking skills.

For these reasons, we put together the most common Spanish weather vocabulary including nouns, verbs and expressions. Below, you will find a few tables with the vocabulary and their English translations. Audios are included.

Spanish Weather Vocabulary

When you want to talk about weather in Spanish, the verbs commonly used are: haber, hacer and estar. The last is used to indicate non-permanence. As all we know, weather is not famous for its stability and thus, it is considered a non-permanent state. However, several specific verbs also exists to describe the weather, such as nevar (to snow) or llover (to rain).

How to Ask About the Weather in Spanish

¿Qué tiempo hace?
What’s the weather like?
¿Cómo está el tiempo?
How’s the weather?
¿Qué día hace?
How’s the weather?
What's the weather like?


El bochorno
El calor
El chaparrón
El chubasco
El frío

El granizo
La granizada
La humedad
La lluvia
La llovizna
La niebla
La nieve
Las nubes
La nevada
El sol
La tormenta
El trueno
El viento
La ventisca
La tormenta de nieve
El rayo
El relámpago
Lightning (flash)


To hail
To rain
To drizzle
To snow
To flash lightning
To thunder

What’s the Weather Like?

You can spend a lot of time trying to figuring out what type of verb you need to use to answer this question. From my point of view, the best is to just remember the whole sentences.

Hace bochorno
Hay bochorno
It is sweltering
Hace buen tiempo
The weather is nice/good
Hace calor
It is hot
Hace fresco
It is cool
Hay granizo
Está granizando
It is hailing
Hace humedad
Hay humedad
It is humid
Está lloviendo
It is raining

Está lloviznando
It is drizzling

Está lluvioso
It is rainy
Hace mal tiempo
The weather is bad
Hay niebla
Está nebuloso
It is foggy

Hay neblina
It is misty
Está nevando
It is snowing

Hay nubes
Está nublado
It is cloudy
Hay relámpagos
It is lightning
Hace sol
Está soleado
It is sunny
Hay una tormenta de nieve
Hay una ventisca
Hace ventisca
There is a blizzard
Hay tormenta
There is a storm
Hay truenos
Está tronando
There are thunders
It is thundering
Hace viento
Hay viento
Está ventoso

It is windy
Hay un vendaval
There is strong wind

Other Sentences

Hace un buen día
It is a nice/good day
Hace un día estupendo/maravilloso
It is a wonderful day
Hace un día horroroso
It is a terrible day
Hace un día soleado
It is a sunny day
Hace un mal día
It is a bad day


A lot of colloquial expressions and idioms exist in Spanish for any topic, weather is no different.

¡Cómo pega el Lorenzo!
Lorenzo, which is the sun, is shining hard and thus, it is very hot!
Hace rasca
It is very cold
Hace un calor infernal
It is diabolically hot
Hace un calor que te achicharras
It is burning
Hace un día de perros
It is a terrible day
Hace un frío del carajo
It is so dam cold
It is f* cold
Hace un frío que pela
It is freezing
Hace un frío que cala
It is freezing cold
Hace un sol de justicia
It is blazing hot
Llueve a cántaros
It is raining cats and dogs
Llueve a mares
It is pouring
Me aso de calor
I am roasting
Me estoy asando
I am roasting
Me muero de calor
The heat is killing me
Me muero de frío
The cold is killing me
¡Qué calor!
¡Vaya calor!
How hot!
It is really hot!
It is so hot!
¡Qué chaparrón!
¡Vaya chaparrón!
What a downpour!
¡Qué frío!
¡Vaya frío!
How cold!
It is really cold
It is so cold!
Ser un friolero
To be cold-blooded

Spanish Climate Vocabulary

Climate is the conditions of the atmosphere over a long period of time. From this definition, we can consider that it is something that usually happens or an event in a permanent state. For this reason, we use the verb ser to describe the climate, since ser indicates permanence.

Es cálido
It is warm
Es caluroso
It is hot
Es fresco
It is cool
Es frío
It is cold
Es húmedo
It is humid
Es seco
It is dry
Es lluvioso
It is rainy

Final Thoughts

We hope this post helps you learn and practice the Spanish weather vocabulary.

We recommend you to practice with the examples here and try to make up some others on your own.

Also, you can now enhance even more your weather-related vocabulary and speak like a true Spaniard. Expand your linguistic repertoire by unlocking exclusive phrases and words with our All About the Weather Audio & eBook.

However, if you prefer to explore practical application of this vocabulary through engaging conversations, let us assist you in our online Spanish conversation classes. Practice and master these expressions firsthand!

Additionally, we can practice in the comment section below by answering the following questions:

  • ¿Qué tiempo hace en tu ciudad?
  • ¿Va a llover?
  • ¿Normalmente hace mucho frío en invierno en tu país?

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