Weather in Italian

How could you talk about the weather in Italian? How could you express the different situations whether you’re enjoying the sunshine, snow, or any other kind of weather? If you are learning Italian, in this article we’ll try to answer to all these questions and learn how to describe the different weather conditions.

If you’re travelling in Italy, it’s essential to know how to ask about the clima and the current weather conditions (previsioni meteorologiche) in Italian. It’s good to be prepared and know what to expect, so let’s get started!

Talking about the weather in Italian

The most used questions that Italians make to know about the weather are:

Quali sono le previsioni del tempo per oggi? What’s the weather forecast for today?
Quali sono le previsioni del tempo per questa settimana? What’s the weather forecast for this week?
Com’è il tempo? How’s the weather?
Che tempo fa? What’s the weather like?
Che tempo fa fuori? What’s it like outside?

There are a lot of possible answers to these questions. Here are the most common ones:

Fa caldo. It’s warm.
Fa freddo. It’s cold.
È ventoso. It’s windy.
È burrascoso. It’s stormy.
Fa caldo. It’s hot.
È soleggiato. It’s sunny.
È sereno. It’s clear.
È nuvoloso. It’s cloudy.
È piacevole. It’s nice.
È freddissimo. It’s icy.
È umido. It’s humid.

Notice that you can use the word “molto” (very) for all of the above phrases to emphasize that it’s not just cold or warm, but very cold or very warm.

Examples:

Fa molto freddo. It’s very cold.
Fa molto caldo. It’s very warm.
Fa caldissimo. It’s very hot.
Fa freddissimo. It’s very icy.

If we’re goint to talk about rain we can use the following expressions:

Sta piovendo or piove. It’s raining.
È piovoso. It’s rainy.

Here are other examples that Italians use to describe how is the weather in Italian:

Fa cattivo tempo. It’s miserable weather.
Fa bel tempo. It’s good weather.
È brutto tempo. It’s bad weather.
È bel tempo. It’s beautiful weather.
Fa un tempo orribile. It’s terrible weather.

If you are planning to travel to Italy during the winter time, you’ll definitely need to know the next sentences:

Sta nevicando or nevica. It’s snowing
Fa un freddo gelido. It’s icy cold.

Here there’s a list with more useful words that describe certain weather conditions. Take care to identify which words are verbs, nouns, adjectives…

il tempo weather
 
piovere to rain
la pioggia rain
nevicare to snow
la neve snow
il sole sun
il vento wind
la nebbia fog
la nuvola cloud
 
C’è il sole It’s sunny
C’è il vento It’s windy
C’è la nebbia It’s foggy
È nuvoloso It’s cloudy
È caldo It’s hot
È freddo It’s cold
 
L’arcobaleno The rainbow
La grandine The hail
La pioggia The rain
Il tuono The thunder
Il temporale The thunderstorm
Il lampo The lightning
Il terremoto The earthquake
La tempesta The storm
L’uragano The hurricane
La temperatura The temperature
La nebbia The fog
 L’inondazione  The flood
Il ghiaccio The ice
La neve The snow
Il fiocco di neve The snowflake
La nuvola The cloud

I hope we’ve covered all the vocabulary regarding the weather. Let me assure you, that this topic is very common in a conversation and there will be a lot of opportunities to use all these new terms in Italy.

So, next time you are commenting the weather conditions with your friends, try to think about it in Italian!

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