Weather in German

Being able to talk about the weather in German not only makes for an easy conversation starter, it’s also useful when you’re traveling. After this audio lesson you’ll be able to ask about the climate and current weather conditions in German. You’ll learn tons of German words - from sunshine to snow and everything in between. 

 

Listen to the audio and follow the English translations. And here’s a tip to help you remember: every time you notice or comment on the weather conditions, say the word or phrase in German too. This way the German vocabulary will quickly become part of your daily life.

Talking about the weather in German

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 like to know what the weather is doing before making any plans. You can find out about the weather by asking one of the following questions…

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Wie ist es draußen?
What's it like outside?
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Was macht das Wetter?
What's the weather like?
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Wie ist das Wetter?
How's the weather?
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Wie ist die Wettervorhersage für diese Woche?
What's the weather forecast for this week?
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Wie ist die Wettervorhersage für heute?
What's the weather forecast for today?
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There are a lot of possible answers to that question. Here are the most common ones…

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Es ist schwül.
It's humid.
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Es ist kalt.
It's cold.
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Es ist windig.
It's windy.
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Es ist stürmisch.
It's stormy.
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Es ist heiß.
It's hot.
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Es ist sonnig.
It's sunny.
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Es ist klar.
It's clear.
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Es ist bewölkt.
It's cloudy.
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Es ist schön.
It's nice.
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Es ist eisig.
It's icy.
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Es ist warm.
It's warm.
You can use the word “sehr” (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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Es ist sehr eisig.
It's very icy.
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Es ist sehr heiß.
It's very hot.
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Es ist sehr warm.
It's very warm.
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Es ist sehr kalt.
It's very cold.
When talking about rain you can use the following expressions…

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Es ist regnerisch.
It's rainy.
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Es regnet.
It's raining.

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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Es ist schreckliches Wetter.
It's terrible weather.
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Es ist wunderschönes Wetter.
It's beautiful weather.
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Es ist schlechtes Wetter.
It's bad weather.
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Es ist gutes Wetter.
It's good weather.
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Es ist miserables Wetter.
It's miserable weather.
If you are planning to travel to Germany, Switzerland or Austria during the winter time, you’ll definitely need to know the next two sentences. Let me assure you, there will be plenty of opportunities to use them.

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Es ist eiskalt.
It's icy cold.
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Es schneit.
It's snowing.
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Here are some more words that describe certain weather conditions…

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Der Blitz
The lightning
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Der Hagel
The hail
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Der Regen
The rain
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Der Donner
The thunder
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Das Gewitter
The thunderstorm
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Das Erdbeben
The earthquake
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Der Sturm
The storm
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Der Wirbelsturm
The hurricane
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Die Temperatur
The temperature
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Der Nebel
The fog
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Die Überschwemmung
The flood
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Das Eis
The ice
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Der Schnee
The snow
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Die Schneeflocke
The snowflake
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Die Wolke
The cloud
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Der Regenbogen
The rainbow

Bis bald!

Paul Weber
Paul Weber
Rocket German

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