Discussing the Weather in Spanish

Discussing the Weather in Spanish

Talking about the weather is a common pastime. Learn how discussing the weather in Spanish can not only help you pass the time with your Spanish speaking friends and acquaintances, but also how it can help you prepare for the day when visiting Spanish speaking countries!

Examples of Discussing the Weather in Spanish

​Asking about the weather:

1. ¿Cómo está el clima? OR ¿Cómo está el tiempo? - How is the weather?
2. ¿Qué tiempo hace? - What's the weather like?
3. ¿Cómo está el clima/tiempo en (name of city)? - How is the weather in (city)?

How to respond using hace:

1. Hace calor - It's hot
2. Hace frío - It's cold
3. Hace fresco - It's brisk/cool
4. Hace sol - It's sunny
5. Hace viento - It's windy
6. Hace buen/mal tiempo - The weather is good/bad

​How to respond using hay:

1. Hay humedad - It's humid
2. Hay nubes - It's cloudy
3. Hay niebla - It's foggy
4. Hay lluvia - It's raining

​How to respond using está:

1. Está lluvioso - It's raining
2. Está nublado - It's cloudy
3. Está oscuro - It's dark

Single Verb Responses:

In addition to using hace, hay, and está, sometimes you can easily use a single verb to describe the current weather, such as using llueve to say 'it's raining,' or nieva for 'it's snowing.' And for more information on weather expressions in Spanish, check out this link for a comprehensive guide.

Tiempo for Time and for Discussing the Weather in Spanish

Finally, talking about the weather in Spanish usually prompts the question, 'How do you know when tiempo means time versus weather?' ¿Cómo está el tiempo? and ¿Qué tiempo hace? will always mean 'How is the weather?' And '¿Qué hora es?' will always mean 'What time is it?' Otherwise, use context clues. For example, 'Tenemos mucho tiempo antes de la fiesta' probably means 'We have a lot of time before the party,' rather than 'We have a lot of weather before the party.' However, if you said 'Tenemos mucho tiempo acá en Seattle,' then you might be talking about having a lot of weather (rain), or having a lot of time to spend in that city if you are on vacation. Additionally, if that sentence was followed by 'Me gusta la lluvia,' then you would know that the original use of tiempo was in reference to weather!

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