Weather in French

Want to know some words for the weather in French? In this French audio lesson you will learn some French words for weather and how to talk about the conditions.

Is it going to rain, snow, or hail? Will the sun shine all day? Will it be a great day for going to the beach or shall we go to the art gallery instead? You might want to ask about the weather in French before making plans.

French weather questions

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Quel temps est prévu pour aujourd’hui ?
What’s the weather forecast for today?
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Quel temps est prévu pour cette semaine ?
What’s the weather forecast for this week?
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Quel est le climat ?
How’s the weather?
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Il fait quel temps ?
What’s the weather like?
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Il fait quel temps dehors ?
What’s it like outside?

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

French weather vocabulary

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C’est agréable.
It’s warm.
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Il fait froid.
It’s cold.
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Il y a du vent.
It’s windy.
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C’est orageux or il y a de l’orage
It’s stormy.
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Il fait très chaud.
It’s hot.
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Il y a du soleil.
It’s sunny.
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Il n’y a pas de nuages.
It’s clear.
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C’est nuageux.
It’s cloudy.
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Il fait beau.
It’s nice.
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C’est gelé.
It’s icy.
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C’est humide
It’s humid

You can use the word “Très” (very) 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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Il fait très froid.
It’s very cold.
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Le temps est très agréable.
It’s very warm.
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Il fait très chaud.
It’s very hot.
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C’est très gelé.
It’s very icy.

When talking about rain you can use the following expressions …

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Il pleut.
It’s raining
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C’est pluvieux.
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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Le temps est misérable.
It’s miserable weather.
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Il fait très beau.
It’s good weather.
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Le temps est mauvais.
It’s bad weather.
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Le temps est magnifique.
It’s beautiful weather.
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Le temps est terrible.
It’s terrible weather.

If you are planning to travel to North of France, Switzerland or Austria during the winter time, you’ll need to know the next two sentences. You might need to use them.

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Il neige.
It’s snowing
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C’est glacé.
It’s icy cold

Here are some more words that describe certain weather conditions…

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L’arc en ciel
The rainbow
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La pluie
The rain
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La grêle
The hail
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Le tonnerre
The thunder
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L’orage
The thunderstorm
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L’éclair
The lightning
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Le tremblement de terre
The earthquake
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La tempête
The storm
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L’ouragan
The hurricane
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La température
The temperature
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Le brouillard or la brume
The fog
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L’inondation
The flood
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La glace
The ice
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La neige
The snow
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Le flocon de neige
The snowflake
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Le nuage
The cloud

That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you enjoyed it.

À bientôt!
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team

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