French Weather Vocabulary

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When there’s nothing to talk about, there’s always the weather! There’s usually a reason for a cliché, and while you may try to avoid a “dull” conversation topic such as this in your native language, you may actually find yourself being thankful for this comfortable social norm while abroad.

This conversation opener is perfect for people you see regularly but aren’t sure yet what you have in common. Because it’s something you can discuss with anyone you run into, it’s a great starting point to move into other conversations in French, allowing you to hear accents and idioms from a wide range of speakers of different ages, backgrounds, and with diverse regional accents.

Imagine you’re a student studying abroad in France, where you’re likely only to speak with French college students of your age group. By mastering weather vocabulary, you have a socially acceptable gateway into discussion with people of all walks of life: the old woman you see at the bus stop every day, the boulanger you buy your pain au chocolat from each morning, or even the mailman! Practicing your French with a wider range of speakers will not only give you a more holistic view of the community and French culture, it will also test your French comprehension skills for different registers of French. Truly, the best thing about learning a foreign language is that it makes even a “boring” topic of conversation like the weather fascinating.

French weather vocabulary can open so many doors while abroad. Don’t leave home without it!

French Weather Vocabulary

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FrenchEnglish
mauvais

Il fait mauvais.
bad

The weather is bad.
humide

Les vêtements ne vont pas bien sécher avec ce temps humide.
wet, humid

The clothes will not dry well in this wet weather.
nuageux

Le ciel était gris et nuageux ce matin.
cloudy

The sky was grey and cloudy this morning.
ensoleillé

Le temps sera ensoleillé, avec une possibilité d'averses et d'orages.
sunny

Today will be mostly sunny, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
froid

Il fait froid en ce moment.
cold

It's cold at the moment.
chaud

Il fait très chaud aujourd'hui.
hot

It's really hot today.
sec

C'est un temps sec.
dry, dried

It is a dry weather.
demain

Demain, il pleuvra toute la journée.
tomorrow

Tomorrow it's going to rain the whole day.
sera

Le soleil sera bientôt de retour.
will be

The sun will be back soon.
hausses

Avec un baromètre, on peut observer les hausses de la pression atmosphérique et prédire si le temps va changer.
increase, rise

Using a barometer, we can observe rises in atmospheric pressure and thus predict if the weather is going to change.
météo

Je voudrais écouter la météo.
weather forecast

I would like to listen to the weather forecast.
degrés

Aujourd'hui il fait dix-sept degrés.
degrees

Today, it's seventeen degrees.
nuage

Il y a un nuage intéressant dans le ciel.
cloud

There's an interesting cloud in the sky.
hiver

Il fait très froid cet hiver.
winter

It's really cold this winter.
vent

Le vent est trop fort pour aller à la mer.
wind

The wind is too strong to go out on the sea.
brouillard

Il y a beaucoup de brouillard aujourd'hui.
fog

There's a lot of fog today.
orage

Un orage est prévu ce soir.
thunderstorm, storm

A thunderstorm is predicted for tonight.
tonnerre

Elle n'a pas peur du tonnerre.
thunder

She's not afraid of thunder.
soleil

Le soleil brille.
sun

The sun is shining.
ciel

Aujourd'hui le ciel est bleu.
sky

The sky is blue today.
nuages

Le ciel est entièrement couvert de nuages.
clouds

The sky is entirely covered with clouds.