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How To Talk About The Weather In French

Weather in French

Talking about the weather is one of the best ways to spark up a conversation in French.

It's also something you'll use a LOT when talking with Parisians (since they love to complain about the weather!). 🙂

Quel temps fait-il aujourd'hui?

What's the weather today?

Il fait beau.

It is nice.

Il fait mauvais.

The weather is bad.

Il fait chaud.

It is warm.

Il y a du vent.

It's windy.

Il pleut.

It's raining.

Il fait froid.

It is cold.

Il neige.

It's snowing.

Il fait soleil.

It is sunny.

Il fait couvert.

It is cloudy.

Il fait lourd.

It is close.

Il grele.

It is hailing.

Il gele.

It freezes.

Il degele.

Its is thawing.

Il tonne.

It is thundering.

Il y a de l'orage.

There is a storm

Il y a des eclairs.

There is lightning.

Quand le ciel est bleu, il fait du soleil-il fait beau temps.

When the sky is blue, it is sunny- the weather is nice.

Quand le ciel est gris, it est couvert de nuages-il fait mauvais temps.

When the sky is grey, it is covered with clouds- it is bad weather.

A Paris, il pleut quelquefois.

In Paris, it rains sometimes.

A Cote d'Azur, il pleu rarement; il fait generalement beau.

On the Cote d'Azur, it rarely rains; it is generally good weather.

Normally, we use “faire” (il fait, or past tense il faisait) for the weather: Il fait mauvais ,il fait chaud.  However, to rain, to snow, to hail, to freeze, thaw and to thunder are verbs in their own right, and are used alone. Some other weather to be concerned about:

La brume. Haze, mist. La pluie. Rain. La neige. Snow Le brouillard. Fog

Talking about seasons in French

Robert, quelle saison aimez-vous le mieux?

Robert, which season do you like the best?

J'aime bien l'hiver quand il neige et on peut faire du ski.

I like the winter,when it snows and one can ski.

J'aime bien l'ete, parce qu'il y a de belles fleurs.

I like the summer when there are beautiful flowers.

Discussing meteorology (le meteo) in French

Le matin, le soleil se leve. Le soir, le soleil se couche.

In the morning the sun rises. In the evening, the sun sets.

Le soleil se leve a l'est. Le soleil se couche a l'ouest.

The sun rises in the east. The sun sets in the west.

Pendant le jour, le soleil est dan le ciel.

During the day, the sun is in the sky.

Pendant la nuit le soleil n'est pas visible, mais nous pouvons voir la lune et les etoiles.

During the night, the sun is not visible, but we can see the moon and the stars.

En ete, le soleil se leve de bonne heure.

In summer, the sun rises early.

En hiver, le soleil se leve tard.

In winter, the sun rises late.

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