214 intriguing weather expressions in Spanish you'll take a shine to

Marco Monroy

Whether you’re trying to figure out what to pack for your vacation or simply want to know if you should grab your umbrella on your way out, learning how to talk about the weather in Spanish will be very helpful.

Talking about the weather and how it impacts us is one of the most essential parts of our lives. As you learn Spanish, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself in many situations where you’ll need some essential weather-related vocabulary.

Although conversations about the weather are often ridiculed as the most inconsequential of small talk, they can actually be very helpful! And, hey, let’s face it–the weather is a great way to make small talk with strangers or new friends. After all, it’s one of the few things that impact everyone regardless of lifestyle or occupation.

Beyond talking to strangers, knowing how to say weather expressions in Spanish will help you:

  • Read the weather report in Spanish.
  • Ask friends and family in Spanish about the weather.
  • Make plans based on meteorological conditions.
  • Learn about the climate in Spanish-speaking countries.

So, are you convinced that learning at least a few words related to the ever-changing climate is a good idea? Keep reading to learn more!

Man checks the weather in Spanish before he goes on a holiday in Spain.

How to actually say weather in Spanish

The first thing you’ll need to know is how to actually say weather. There are two main words for weather:

  • el clima; and
  • el tiempo.

If you’re an intermediate Spanish learner, you may be asking: wait, doesn’t tiempo mean time? And you’d be absolutely right! El tiempo can be used to tell time and also to describe the weather!

On the other hand, el clima can be used to describe the weather and also the climate. The difference between the two can be noted based on whether you use the verb ser or the verb estar. For example, saying “el clima en Costa Rica es bueno” means that the climate there is good year-round. Saying “el clima de hoy está feo” means that today’s weather isn’t good.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
WeatherEl climaˈklimaclee-ma
WeatherEl tiempoˈtjɛ̃mpotee-ehm-po
ClimateEl climaˈklimaclee-ma

How to talk about the weather in Spanish

Want to jump right into conversations about the weather? Here are some expressions in Spanish to get you going. These aren’t organized as a full conversation, but we do have an example question followed by an example answer so you know how to follow along a real conversation.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
What’s the weather like?¿Cómo está el clima?ˈkomo ɛsˈta ɛl ˈklimaco-mo es-ta el clee-ma
It’s sunny but with a cool breeze.Está soleado pero con una brisa heladaɛsˈta soleˈaðo ˈpɛɾo kon ˈuna ˈβɾisa eˈlaðaes-ta so-leh-ah-doe peh-ro con oo-na bree-sa eh-la-da
What’s the temperature going to reach today?¿A cuántos grados llegará la temperatura el día de hoy?a ˈkwãntos̬ ˈɣɾaðos̬ ʝeɣaˈɾa la tɛ̃mpɛɾaˈtuɾa ɛl ˈdia ðe ˈoi̯ah coo-an-toss gra-dos yeh-ga-ra la tem-peh-ra-too-ra el dee-ah deh oy
It’s looking like it will be as cold as 5 degrees this morningParece que podrá llegar hasta a los 5 grados.paˈɾese ˈke poˈðɾa ʝeˈɣaɾ ˈasta a los ˈsĩnko ˈɣɾaðospa-reh-seh keh po-dra yeh-gar as-ta ah los seen-co gra-dos
Will it rain tomorrow?¿Mañana va a llover?maˈɲana ˈβa a ʝoˈβɛɾmah-nyah-nah va ah yo-ver
There’s a chance of rain tomorrow.Hay probabilidades de lluvia para mañana.ˈai̯ pɾoβaβiliˈðaðes̬ ðe ˈʝuβja ˈpaɾa maˈɲanaay pro-ba-bee-lee-da-des deh you-vee-ah pa-ra mah-nyah-na
What will be the hottest day this week?¿Cuál será el día más caluroso de la semana?ˈkwal sɛˈɾa ɛl ˈdia ˈmas kaluˈɾoso ðe la seˈmanacoo-al seh-ree-ah el dee-ah mas ca-loo-ro-so deh la seh-ma-na
Wednesday will be the hottest day.El miércoles será el día más caluroso.ɛl ˈmjɛɾkoles sɛˈɾa ɛl ˈdia ˈmas kaluˈɾosoel mee-air-co-les seh-ra el dee-ah mas ca-loo-ro-so
Will next week be cooler?¿Hará más frío la próxima semana?aˈɾa ˈmas ˈfɾio la ˈpɾoksima seˈmanaah-ra mas free-oh la prox-e-ma seh-ma-na
Next week will be slightly cooler.La próxima semana será ligeramente más helada.la ˈpɾoksima seˈmana sɛˈɾa lixɛɾaˈmɛ̃nte ˈmas eˈlaðala prox-e-ma seh-ma-na seh-ra lee-heh-ra-men-teh mas eh-la-da

List of climate terms in Spanish

We’ve compiled over 200 unique ways to talk about the climate in Spanish. Unless you’re a serious meteorologist, you probably won’t be familiar with many of these words. And you don’t have to be! Keep in mind that this is meant to be an exhaustive guide to weather terms, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself to learn them all.

Ice skating on a frozen lake in Spanish.

Everyday weather terms in Spanish

These are the words most likely to come up in everyday conversation. If you’re looking for the section that will pack the biggest punch–this is it! No matter where you live, you’re sure to find a way to talk about the most common weather phenomena in your city.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
SunnySoleadosoleˈaðoso-leh-ah-doh
SunshineLos rayos del solˈraʝos̬ ðɛl ˈsolra-yos dehl sol
CloudyNubladonuˈβlaðonoo-bla-doh
RainyLluviosoɟʝuˈβjosoyou-vee-oh-so
RainingLloviendoɟʝoˈβjɛ̃ndoyo-vee-ehn-doe
RainLa lluviaˈʝuβjayou-vee-ah
SnowingNevandoneˈβãndoneh-van-doe
SnowLa nieveˈnjeβenee-eh-veh
HailingGranizandoɡɾaniˈsãndogra-nee-zan-doe
HailEl granizoɣɾaˈnisogra-nee-zo
SleetingCayendo aguanievekaˈʝɛ̃ndo aɣwaˈnjeβeka-yen-doe ah-goo-ah-nee-eh-veh
SleetEl aguanieveaɣwaˈnjeβeah-goo-ah-nee-eh-veh
WindyVentosobɛ̃nˈtosoven-toe-so
WindEl vientoˈβjɛ̃ntovee-ehn-toe
OvercastNubladonuˈβlaðonoo-bla-doe
FoggyNeblineadoneβlineˈaðoneh-blee-neh-ah-doe
FogLa neblinaneˈβlinaneh-blee-na
StormyTormentosotoɾmɛ̃nˈtosotore-men-toe-so
StormLa tormentatoɾˈmɛ̃ntatore-men-ta
WinterEl inviernoĩmˈbjɛɾnoeen-vee-air-no
SpringLa primaverapɾimaˈβɛɾapree-ma-veh-ra
SummerEl veranoβɛˈɾanoveh-ra-no
FallEl otoñooˈtoɲooh-toe-nyo

Extreme weather terms in Spanish

Depending on where you live, you may have to talk about extreme weather events with relative frequency. If you live near the Popocatepétl volcano in Mexico or the Osorno volcano in Chile, you’ll have to talk about volcanic events. Likewise, if you live in Cuba or the Dominican Republic, you’ll find some tropical storm vocabulary very useful.

Enjoying a walk on the beach after the rain in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
HurricaneUn huracánuɾaˈkãnooh-ra-can
CycloneUn ciclónsiˈklõnsee-clon
Cold frontUn frente fríoˈfɾɛ̃nte ˈfɾiofrehn-teh free-oh
DroughtUna sequíaseˈkiaseh-key-ah
HeatwaveUna ola de calorˈola ðe kaˈloɾoh-la deh ca-lore
FloodUna inundacióni̯nũndaˈsjõneen-oon-da-see-ohn
FireUn incendioĩnˈsɛ̃ndjoeen-sehn-dee-oh
TyphoonUn tifóntiˈfõntee-fon
ThunderstormUna tormenta eléctricatoɾˈmɛ̃nta eˈlek̚tɾikatore-men-ta eh-lec-tree-ca
Tropical stormUna tormenta tropicaltoɾˈmɛ̃nta tɾopiˈkaltore-men-ta tro-pee-cal
TsunamiUn tsunamitˈsunamisue-na-me
TornadoUn tornadotoɾˈnaðotore-na-doe
DownpourUn aguaceroaɣwaˈsɛɾoah-goo-ah-seh-ro
ThunderUn truenoˈtɾwenotrue-eh-no
LightningUn relámpagoreˈlãmpaɣoreh-lam-pa-go
WhiteoutUn día blancoˈdia ˈβlãnkodee-ah blahn-co
FrostUna heladaeˈlaðaeh-la-da
Acid rainUna lluvia ácidaˈʝuβja ˈasiðayou-vee-ah ah-see-da
AnticycloneUn anticiclónãntisiˈklõnan-tee-seh-clon
AvalancheUna avalanchaaβaˈlãnʧaah-va-lan-cha
BlizzardUna ventiscaβɛ̃nˈtiskaven-tees-ca
LandslideUn corrimiento de tierrakoriˈmjɛ̃nto ðe ˈtjɛraco-re-me-ehn-toe
Lava flowUna colada de lavakoˈlaða ðe ˈlaβaco-la-da deh la-va
Coastal floodingUna inundación de la costai̯nũndaˈsjõn de la ˈkostaeen-oon-da-see-on deh la cos-ta
Dust stormUna tormenta de arenatoɾˈmɛ̃nta ðe aˈɾenatore-men-ta deh ah-reh-na
Flash floodUna inundación relámpagoi̯nũndaˈsjõn reˈlãmpaɣoeen-oon-da-see-ohn reh-lam-pa-go
GaleUn temporaltɛ̃mpoˈɾaltem-po-ral
MesocycloneUn mesociclónmesosiˈklõnmeh-so-see-clon
MonsoonUn monzónmõnˈsõnmon-son
MudflowUn flujo de lodoˈfluxo ðe ˈloðofloo-ho deh loe-doe
SupercellUna superceldasupɛɾˈsɛldasoo-per-sel-da
Tropical cycloneUn ciclón tropicalsiˈklõn tɾopiˈkalsee-clon tro-pee-cal
Polar lowUna baja polarˈβaxa poˈlaɾbah-ha po-lar
WaterspoutUna tromba marinaˈtɾõmba maˈɾinatrom-ba ma-ree-na

Types of clouds in Spanish

If you enjoy cloud-gazing or simply want help identifying the different clouds in the sky, you should take a look at the table below. We’ve compiled a list of the most common clouds in Spanish so you can easily identify the next cirrocúmulo you see from the plane!

Types of clouds in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
CloudsLas nubesˈnuβesnoo-bes
AltocuumulusUn altocúmuloaltoˈkumuloal-toe-coo-moo-lo
AltostratusUn altoestratoaltoɛsˈtɾatoal-toe-es-tra-toe
ArcusUna nube arcoˈnuβe ˈaɾkonoo-beh ar-co
CirrusUn cirroˈsirosee-ro
CirrocumulusUn cirrocúmulosiroˈkumulosee-ro-coo-moo-lo
CirrostratusUn cirrostratosirosˈtɾatosee-ro-stra-toe
CumulonimbusUn cumulonimbuskumuloˈnĩmbuscoo-moo-lo-neem-boos
CumulusUn cúmuloˈkumulocoo-moo-lo
FunnelUna nube embudoˈnuβɛ ɛ̃mˈbuðonoo-beh em-boo-doe
IridescentUna nube iridiscenteˈnuβe i̯ɾiðiˈsɛ̃ntenoo-beh e-ree-dee-sehn-teh
ShelfUna nube estanteˈnuβɛ ɛsˈtãntenoo-beh ehs-tan-teh
RollUna nube rolloˈnuβe ˈroʝonoo-beh ro-yo
StratusUn estratoɛsˈtɾatoes-tra-toe
StratocumulusUn estratocúmuloɛstɾatoˈkumuloes-tra-toe-coo-moo-lo
NimbostratusUn nimboestratonĩmboɛsˈtɾatoneem-bo-ehs-tra-toe
WallUna nube paredˈnuβe paˈɾɛðnoo-beh pa-red

Talking about the temperature in Spanish

Spanish-speaking countries can get hot. From the Sonoran desert in Mexico to the dense Amazonian jungles of Colombia, there are plenty of hot places in Latin America. But before you think you can forget about cold temperatures, there are plenty of those too! From the Argentinian Patagonia to the Andes in Peru and Bolivia, you’ll find plenty of cold places too!

People talking about the temperature in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
TemperatureLa temperaturatɛ̃mpɛɾaˈtuɾatem-eph-ra-too-ra
What’s the weather like?¿Cómo está el clima?ˈkomo ɛsˈta ɛl ˈklima ‖koh-mo es-ta elle clee-ma
It’s hotHace calorˈase kaˈloɾah-seh ca-lore
It’s coldHace fríoˈase ˈfɾioah-seh free-oh
It’s wet outsideEstá mojado afueraɛsˈta moˈxaðo aˈfwɛɾaes-ta mo-ha-do ah-foo-eh-ra
It’s slippery outsideEstá resbaloso afueraɛsˈta rɛs̬βaˈloso aˈfwɛɾaes-ta res-ba-lo-so ah-foo-eh-ra
It’s a nice outsideEstá a gusto afueraɛsˈta a ˈɣusto aˈfwɛɾaes-ta ah goose-toe ah-foo-eh-ra
It’s humidEstá húmedoɛsˈta ˈumeðoes-ta ooh-meh-doe
It’s dryEstá secoɛsˈta ˈsekoes-ta seh-coe
It’s x degreesEstá a x gradosɛsˈta a s̬ ˈɣɾaðoses-ta ah x gra-dos
CelsiusEl grado Celsiusˈɣɾaðo ˈsɛlsjusgra-doe sel-see-oos
FahrenheitEl grado Fahrenheitˈɣɾaðo faɾeˈnei̯tgra-doe fa-ren-heit
KelvinEl grado Kelvinˈɣɾaðo ˈkɛlβĩngra-doe kelvin
It’s freezingEstá helandoɛsˈta eˈlãndoes-ta eh-lan-doe
It’s very hotHace mucho calorˈase ˈmuʧo kaˈloɾah-seh moo-cho ca-lore
Room temperatureA temperatura ambientea tɛ̃mpɛɾaˈtuɾa ãmˈbjɛ̃ntetem-peh-ra-too-ra am-bee-ehn-teh
It’s chillyHace un poco de fríoˈase ũ̯m ˈpoko ðe ˈfɾioah-seh oon po-co deh free-oh
A x percent chance of rainHay un X por ciento de probabilidad de lluviaˈaj ũn s poɾ ˈsjɛ̃nto ðe pɾoβaβiliˈðað ðe ˈʝuβjaah-e oon x pore see-ehn-toe deh pro-ba-bee-lee-dad deh you-vee-ah
It’s a clear skyEl cielo está despejadoɛl ˈsjelo ɛsˈta ðɛspeˈxaðoelle see-eh-lo es-ta des-peh-ha-doe
It’s mistyEstá brumosoɛsˈta βɾuˈmosoes-ta broo-mo-so
I’m meltingMe estoy derritiendomɛ ɛsˈtoi̯ ðɛriˈtjɛ̃ndomeh es-toy deh-ree-tee-ehn-doe
I’m freezingMe estoy congelandomɛ ɛsˈtoi̯ kõnxeˈlãndomeh es-toy con-heh-lan-doe
I’m soakedEstoy empapadoɛsˈtoj ɛ̃mpaˈpaðoes-toy em-pa-pa-doe
What’s the weather forecast?¿Qué dice el reporte meteorológico?ˈke ˈðisɛ ɛl reˈpoɾte mɛteoɾoˈloxiko ‖keh dee-seh elle reh-pore-teh meh-teh-oh-ro-lo-he-co
Tomorrow will be warmerMañana va a hacer más calormaˈɲana ˈβa a aˈsɛɾ ˈmas kaˈloɾma-nya-na va ah ah-ser mas ca-lore
Tomorrow will be colderMañana va a hacer más fríomaˈɲana ˈβa a aˈsɛɾ ˈmas ˈfɾioma-nya-na va ah ah-ser mas free-oh
It might rain tomorrowPuede que llueva mañanaˈpweðe ˈke ˈʝweβa maˈɲanapoo-eh-deh keh you-eh-va mah-nya-na
I can’t stand the heat any longerYa no puedo aguantar el calorɟʝa ˈno ˈpweðo aɣwãnˈtaɾ ɛl kaˈloɾya no poo-eh-do ah-goo-an-tar elle ca-lore
Are winters cold where you’re from?¿Los inviernos son fríos de donde vienes?los ĩmˈbjɛɾnos ˈsõm ˈfɾios̬ ðe ˈðõnde ˈβjenes ‖los een-vee-air-nos son free-os deh don-deh vee-eh-nes
Are summers hot where you’re from?¿Los veranos son calurosos de donde vienes?los̬ βɛˈɾanos ˈsõn kaluˈɾosos̬ ðe ˈðõnde ˈβjenes ‖los veh-ra-nos son ca-loo-ro-sos deh don-deh vee-eh-nes

Talking about climate change in Spanish

This is a section that is, unfortunately, very important for everyone to learn. No matter where you live or where you’re from, you’ve likely seen the ravaging effects of climate change. Climate change has impacted our landforms and water bodies, changing the world forever. As such, it’s important to learn to talk about climate change in Spanish when learning to talk about the weather.

Climate change has impacted our landforms and water bodies in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
Extreme weather eventUn fenómeno meteorológico extremoũm feˈnomeno mɛteoɾoˈloxiko ɛksˈtɾemofeh-no-meh-no meh-teh-oh-ro-lo-he-co
Climate changeEl cambio climáticoˈkãmbjo kliˈmatikocam-bee-oh clee-ma-tee-co
Global warmingEl calentamiento globalkalɛ̃ntaˈmjɛ̃nto ɣloˈβalca-len-ta-mee-ehn-toe glo-bal
Sea surface temperatureLa temperatura de la superficie del martɛ̃mpɛɾaˈtuɾa ðe la supɛɾˈfisje ðɛl ˈmaɾtem-peh-ra-too-ra deh la soo-per-fee-see-eh del mar
Greenhouse effectEl efecto invernaderoeˈfek̚to ĩ̯mbɛɾnaˈðɛɾoeh-fec-toe een-ver-na-deh-ro
Greenhouse gassesLos gases invernaderoˈɣases ĩmbɛɾnaˈðɛɾogah-sehs een-ver-na-deh-ro
PollutionLa contaminaciónkõntaminaˈsjõncon-ta-mee-na-see-on
DeforestationLa deforestaciónðefoɾɛstaˈsjõndeh-fo-res-ta-see-on
MethaneEl metanomɛˈtanomeh-ta-no
OzonoEl ozonooˈsonooh-zo-no
Ozone layerLa capa de ozonoˈkapa ðe oˈsonoca-pa deh oh-soh-no
AtmosphereLa atmósferaat̚ˈmosfɛɾaat-mos-feh-ra
EnvironmentEl medio ambienteˈmeðjo ãmˈbjɛ̃ntemeh-dee-oh am-bee-ehn-teh
Carbon emissionsLas emisiones de carbonoemiˈsjones̬ ðe kaɾˈβonoeh-me-see-oh-nes deh car-bo-no

Other important meteorology terms in Spanish

As we’ve said before, this is an exhaustive list of atmospheric terms in Spanish that you may or may not need to learn. Everyone’s needs will be different, so while you should take a look at the table below to learn some exciting weather words in Spanish, don’t feel pressured to learn every single one!

A boat race and other weather terms in Spanish.

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciation
Weather forecastEl pronóstico del tiempopɾoˈnostiko ðɛl ˈtjɛ̃mpopro-nos-tee-co del tee-em-po
High (forecast)La temperatura máximatɛ̃mpɛɾaˈtuɾa ˈmaksimatem-peh-ra-too-ra max-e-ma
Low (forecast)La temperatura mínimatɛ̃mpɛɾaˈtuɾa ˈminimatem-peh-ra-too-ra mee-nee-ma
MeteorologyLa meteorologíamɛteoɾoloˈxiameh-teh-oh-ro-lo-he-ah
Bad weatherMal climaˈmal ˈklimamal clee-ma
Good weatherBuen climaˈbwɛ̃n ˈklimaboo-ehn clee-ma
Wind warningUna advertencia del vientoaðβɛɾˈtɛ̃nsja ðɛl ˈβjɛ̃ntoad-ver-ten-see-ah del vee-ehn-toe
SquallUna turbonadatuɾβoˈnaðatoor-bo-na-da
ShowerUn chubascoʧuˈβaskochoo-bas-co
FlurryUna ráfaga de nieveˈrafaɣa ðe ˈnjeβera-fa-ga deh nee-eh-veh
GustUna ráfaga de vientoˈrafaɣa ðe ˈβjɛ̃ntora-fa-ga deh vee-ehn-toe
PrecipitationLa precipitaciónpɾesipitaˈsjõnpreh-see-pee-ta-see-ohn
Atmospheric pressureLa presión atmosféricapɾeˈsjon at̚mosˈfɛɾikapreh-see-on at-mos-feh-ree-ca
TroughUna vaguadaβaˈɣwaðava-goo-ar-da
Warm frontUn frente cálidoˈfɾɛ̃nte ˈkaliðofren-teh ca-lee-doe
Wind directionLa dirección del vientoðiɾɛkˈsjõn dɛl ˈβjɛ̃ntodee-rec-see-on del vee-ehn-toe
RainbowUn arcoirisaɾˈkoi̯ɾisar-co-ee-rees
Adiabatic processEl ​​proceso adiabáticopɾoˈseso aðjaˈβatikopro-seh-so ah-dee-ah-ba-tee-co
AdvectionLa advecciónaðβɛkˈsjõnad-vec-see-on
Air massUna masa de aireˈmasa ðe ˈai̯ɾema-sa deh ah-e-reh
AlluviumEl aluviónaluˈβjõnah-loo-vee-ohn
Anabatic windUn viento anabáticoˈbjɛ̃nto anaˈβatikovee-ehn-toe ah-na-ba-tee-co
AnemometerEl anemómetroaneˈmomɛtɾoah-neh-mo-meh-tro
BaroclinityLa baroclinidadβaɾokliniˈðaðba-ro-clee-nee-dad
Barotropic fluidLa barotropíaβaɾotɾoˈpiaba-ro-tro-pee-ah
BarometerUn barómetrobaˈɾomɛtɾoba-ro-meh-tro
Black iceEl hielo negroˈɟʝelo ˈneɣɾoe-eh-lo neh-gro
Chinook windEl viento chinookˈβjɛ̃nto ʧinoˈokvee-ehn-toe chee-nook
CondensationLa condensaciónkõndɛ̃nsaˈsjõncon-den-sa-see-ohn
Thermal conductionLa conducción de calorkõndukˈsjõn de kaˈloɾcon-dook-see-ohn deh ca-lore
ConfluenceUna confluenciakõmˈflwɛ̃nsjaoo-na con-floo-ehn-see-ah
Continental air massUna masa de aire continentalˈmasa ðe ˈai̯ɾe kõntinɛ̃nˈtalma-sa deh ah-e-reh con-tee-nen-tal
ConvectionLa convecciónkõmbɛkˈsjõncon-vec-see-ohn
Coriolis forceEl efecto Corioliseˈfek̚to koˈɾjoliseh-fec-toe co-ree-oh-lees
CoronaLa coronakoˈɾonaco-ro-na
DewEl rocíoroˈsioro-see-oh
DivergenceUna divergencia de vientosðiβɛɾˈxɛ̃nsja ðe ˈβjɛ̃ntosdee-ver-hen-see-ah deh vee-ehn-tos
DownburstUn reventónreβɛ̃nˈtõnreh-ven-ton
DrizzleUna lloviznaʝoˈβis̬nayo-vees-na
Dust devilUn remolino de arenaremoˈlino ðe aˈɾenareh-mo-lee-no deh ah-reh-na
EvaporationLa evaporacióneβapoɾaˈsjõneh-va-po-ra-see-ohn
GlazeEl hielo glaseadoˈɟʝelo ɣlaseˈaðoeh-eh-lo gla-seh-ah-doe
GravityLa gravedadɣɾaβeˈðaðgra-veh-dad
GustUn ramalazoramaˈlasora-ma-la-zo
HazeLa calimakaˈlimaca-lee-ma
Heat IndexLa temperatura de bochornotɛ̃mpɛɾaˈtuɾa ðe βoˈʧoɾnotem-peh-ra-too-ra deh bo-chore-no
HygrometerUn higrómetroiˈɣɾomɛtɾoe-gro-meh-tro
Indian summerUn veranillobɛɾaˈniʝoveh-ra-nee-yo
Jet streamUna corriente en chorrokoˈrjɛ̃ntɛ ɛ̃n ˈʧoroco-ree-ehn-teh en cho-ro
Katabatic windUn viento catabáticoˈbjɛ̃nto kataˈβatikovee-ehn-toe ca-ta-ba-tee-co
Landslide damUna represa de corrimientoreˈpɾesa ðe koriˈmjɛ̃ntore-preh-sa deh co-ree-mee-ehn-toe
Latent heatEl calor latentekaˈloɾ laˈtɛ̃nteca-lore la-ten-teh
Numerical weather predictionEl modelo numérico de predicción meteorológicamoˈðelo nuˈmɛɾiko ðe pɾeðikˈsjõm mɛteoɾoˈloxikamo-deh-lo noo-meh-ree-co deh pre-deec-see-ohn meh-teh-oh-ro-lo-he-ca
PermafrostEl permahielopɛɾmaˈjeloper-ma-e-eh-lo
The Ring of FireEl cinturón de Fuego del Pacíficosĩntuˈɾõn de ˈfweɣo ðɛl paˈsifikoseen-too-ron deh foo-eh-go del pa-see-fee-co
Rossby wavesLas ondas de Rossby barotrópicasˈõndas̬ ðe ˈross̬βi βaɾoˈtɾopikason-das de rossby ba-ro-tro-pee-cas
Sea breezeLa brisa marinaˈβɾisa maˈɾinabree-sa ma-ree-na
El Niño–Southern OscillationEl Niño-Oscilación del Surɛl ˈniɲo osilaˈsjõn dɛl ˈsuɾel nee-nyoh oh-see-la-see-on del soor
StratosphereLa estratosferaɛstɾatosˈfɛɾaes-tra-tos-feh-ra
SubsidenceLa subsidenciasuβsiˈðɛ̃nsjasoob-see-den-see-ah
SwellUn mar de fondoˈmaɾ ðe ˈfõndomar deh fon-do
UpwellingLas surgenciassuɾˈxɛ̃nsjassoor-hen-see-as
VisibilityVisibilidadbisiβiliˈðaðvee-see-bee-lee-dad
VorticityLa vorticidadβoɾtisiˈðaðvore-tee-see-dad
VaporEl vaporβaˈpoɾva-pore
Wind chillLa temperatura percibidatɛ̃mpɛɾaˈtuɾa pɛɾsiˈβiðatem-peh-ra-too-ra pear-see-bee-da
Wind shearLa cizalladurasisaʝaˈðuɾasee-za-ya-doo-ra

Weather related expressions in Spanish

Whether you’re at the beginner Spanish level or are already a seasoned learner, you probably already know how common idioms and phrases are in Spanish. Learning about the weather will allow you to understand and use many new phrases, which are sure to help you stand out from other learners!

EnglishSpanishIPAPronunciationEnglish meaning
Year of snow, year of abundance.Año de nieves, año de bienes.ˈaɲo ðe ˈnjeβes | ˈaɲo ðe ˈβjenesah-nyo deh nee-eh-ves ah-nyo deh bee-eh-nesA snowy winter is a sign of a good harvest to come.
Until the 40th of may, do not take off your jacket.Hasta el cuarenta de mayo, no te quites el sayo.ˈasta ɛl kwaˈɾɛ̃nta ðe ˈmaʝo | ˈno te ˈkites ɛl ˈsaʝoas-ta elle coo-ah-ren-ta deh ma-yo no teh key-tes elle sa-yoThe real heat doesn’t start until mid-June.
When March mays, May marches.Cuando marzo mayea, mayo marcea.ˈkwãndo ˈmaɾso maˈʝea | ˈmaʝo maɾˈseacoo-ahn-doe mar-zo mah-yeh-ah ma-yo mar-seh-ahIf March is warmer than normal, then May will be cooler than normal.
Upon bad weather, good face.Al mal tiempo, buena cara.al ˈmal ˈtjɛ̃mpo | ˈbwena ˈkaɾaal mal tee-ehm-po boo-eh-na ca-raYou should face adversity with a positive attitude.
In April, a thousand waters.En abril, aguas mil.ɛn aˈβɾil | ˈaɣwas̬ ˈmilehn ah-breel ah-goo-as meelApril usually brings plenty of rain.
Windy March and rainy April make a flowery and beautiful May.Marzo ventoso y abril lluvioso hacen a mayo florido y hermoso.ˈmaɾso βɛ̃nˈtoso j aˈβɾil ɟʝuˈβjoso ˈasɛn a ˈmaʝo floˈɾiðo j ɛɾˈmosomar-zo ven-toe-so e ah-breel you-vee-oh-so ah-sehn ah ma-yo air-mo-soApril showers (and March winds) bring May flowers.
It never rains to everyone’s liking.Nunca llueve a gusto de todos.ˈnũnka ˈʝweβe a ˈɣusto ðe ˈtoðosnoon-ca you-eh-veh ah goose-toe deh toe-dosWhile rain may be a good thing for some, not everyone will like it.

Weather questions and phrases to break the ice in Spanish

Even if it may sound painfully boring, talking about the weather is actually a great way to break the ice and make small talk. Whether you’re trying to start a conversation with a stranger at a coffee shop while drinking your favorite beverage or just trying to talk to your new classmates, the weather is a great place to start.

Here are some of the best weather-related questions and phrases in Spanish to break the ice.

EnglishSpanishIPA Pronunciation
It’s hot, isn’t it?Qué calor, ¿no?ˈke kaˈloɾ | ˈnokeh ca-lore no
Are you freezing too?¿Tú también mueres de frío?ˈtu tãmˈbjɛ̃m ˈmwɛɾes̬ ðe ˈfɾiotoo tam-bee-ehn moo-eh-res deh free-oh
The weather has been very weird lately, don’t you think?El clima ha estado muy raro últimamente, ¿no te parece?ɛl ˈklima ˈa ɛsˈtaðo mwi ˈraɾo ˈultimamɛ̃nte | ˈno te paˈɾeseel clee-ma ah es-ta-do mooy ra-ro ool-tee-ma-men-teh no teh pa-reh-seh
It poured, did any water get in your house?Llovió fuertísimo, ¿no se te metió agua?ɟʝoˈβjo fwɛɾˈtisimo | ˈno se te mɛˈtjo ˈaɣwayo-vee-oh foo-air-tee-see-mo no seh meh-tee-oh ah-goo-ah
Do you think it will rain?¿Crees que llueva?ˈkɾees ˈke ˈʝweβacreh-ehs keh you-eh-va
Is it always this hot this time of the year?¿Siempre hace tanto calor en estas fechas?ˈsjɛ̃mpɾe ˈase ˈtãnto kaˈloɾ ɛn ˈɛstas ˈfeʧassee-ehm-preh ah-seh tan-toe ca-lore ehn es-tas feh-chas
I feel like I’m gonna melt with this heat, don’t you agree?Con este calor siento que me voy a derretir, ¿apoco no?kon ˈɛste kaˈloɾ ˈsjɛ̃nto ˈke me ˈβoj a ðɛrɛˈtiɾ | aˈpoko ˈnocon es-teh ca-lore see-ehn-toe keh meh voy ah mo-reer
The weather is really nice, right?Qué bonito está el clima, ¿verdad?ˈke βoˈnito ɛsˈta ɛl ˈklima | bɛɾˈðaðkeh bo-nee-toe es-ta el clee-ma ver-dad
Have you too been enjoying these sunny days?¿Tú también has estado disfrutando de estos días soleados?ˈtu tãmˈbjɛn ˈas ɛsˈtaðo ðisfɾuˈtãndo ðe ˈɛstos̬ ˈðias soleˈaðostoo tam-bee-ehn as es-ta-do dees-froo-tan-doe de es-toes dee-as soh-leh-ah-dos
What do you think of the weather these days?¿Qué opinas del clima estos días?ˈke oˈpinas̬ ðɛl ˈklima ˈɛstos̬ ˈðiaskeh oh-pee-nas del klee-ma es-toes dee-as

Use your weather vocab for more than just small talk

Now that you’ve learned 214 unique ways to talk about the the diverse and changing weather and climate, it’s up to you to put your vocabulary to good use! Try looking at a weather report in Spanish no matter where you live to easily and naturally reinforce some of the vocabulary words you’ve learned so far. We just hope you don’t have to deal with any volcanoes or hurricanes!

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