Talking about the weather in Chinese

How do you talk about the weather in Chinese? Whether you’re experiencing sun, snow, or something in between, this free audio lesson will teach you tons of Mandarin Chinese words you can use in conversation.
 
Whether you’re traveling in a Chinese-speaking country or conversing with Chinese speakers closer to home, the Rocket Chinese team will teach you how to talk about the climate and the current weather conditions in Chinese.We hope you don’t encounter any extreme weather, but to be on safe side we’ll teach you some words for that too. It’s good to be prepared and know what to expect, so let’s get started!

Pronunciation help for talking about the weather in Chinese

As hard as you try, without helpful feedback your Chinese pronunciation is never going to be the same as a native speaker’s. If you've found it difficult to perfect the way you say Chinese words and phrases, this lesson will help you.
 
Using the blue Rocket Record buttons you can record the way you say each word or phrase, and compare it with the way a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese does. That’s right, with Rocket Chinese voice mapping technology you can record your voice as many times as you need until your pronunciation matches the Chinese speaker!

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Jīntiān de tiānqìyùbào zěnme shuō?
今天的天气预报怎么说?
What’s the weather forecast for today?
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Zhège xīngqī de tiānqìyùbào zěnme shuō?
这个星期的天气预报怎么说?
What’s the weather forecast for this week?
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Tiānqì rúhé?
天气如何?
How’s the weather?
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Tiānqì zěnmeyàng?
天气怎么样?
What’s the weather like?
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Wàibiān zěnmeyàng?
外边怎么样?
What’s it like outside?

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There are a lot of possible answers to that question. Here are the most common ones…

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Nuǎnhuo。
暖和。
It’s warm.
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Lěng。
冷。
It’s cold.
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Duōfēng。
多风。
It’s windy.
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Yǒu bàofēngyǔ。
有暴风雨。
It’s stormy.
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Rè。
热。
It’s hot.
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Qínglǎng。
晴朗。
It’s sunny.
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Tiānqíng。
天晴。
It’s clear.
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Duōyún。
多云。
It’s cloudy.
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Tiānqì hěnhǎo。
天气很好。
It’s nice.
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Yǒu bīngxuě。
有冰雪。
It’s icy.
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Tiānqì cháoshī。
天气潮湿。
It’s humid

You can use the word “hěn (很) for all of the above phrases to emphasize that it’s not just cold or warm, but very cold or very warm. For example:

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Hěnlěng。
很冷。
It’s very cold.
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Hěn nuǎnhuo。
很暖和。
It’s very warm.
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Hěnrè。
很热。
It’s very hot.

When talking about rain you can use the following expressions …

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Xiàyǔ le。
下雨了。
It’s raining
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Duōyǔ。
多雨。
It’s rainy.

For a farmer rain might be all he needs, whereas a soccer team might be hoping for a sunny day. Here are some more general answers.

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Tiānqì hěn èliè。
天气很恶劣。
It’s miserable weather.
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Tiānqì hěnhǎo。
天气很好。
It’s good weather.
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Tiānqì bùhǎo。
天气不好。
It’s bad weather.
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Tiānqì hǎojíle。
天气好极了。
It’s beautiful weather.
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Tiānqì hěn zāogāo。
天气很糟糕。
It’s terrible weather.
  • Snow on the highway - Chinese translation

If you are planning to travel to China in the winter time, you’ll probably need to know the next two phrases.

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Xiàxuě le。
下雪了。
It’s snowing
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Bīngtiānxuědì de lěng tiānqì。
冰天雪地的冷天气。
It’s icy cold

Here are some more words that describe certain weather conditions…

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cǎihóng
彩虹
The rainbow
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bīngbáo
冰雹
The hail
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The rain
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léi
The thunder
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léiyǔ
雷雨
The thunderstorm
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shǎndiàn
闪电
The lightning
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dìzhèn
地震
The earthquake
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bàofēngyǔ
暴风雨
The storm
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jùfēng
飓风
The hurricane
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qìwēn
气温
The temperature
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The fog
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shuǐzāi
水灾
The flood
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bīng
The ice
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xuě
The snow
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xuěhuā
雪花
The snowflake
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yún
The cloud

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