French Weather Terms – Complete Vocabulary List – Le Temps

If you go to France or any French-speaking countries then you’ll find learning weather words to be very helpful for planning your activities.

Most weather terms use the impersonal expression “il fait + weather word”. To ask, “How’s the weather?”, say “Quel temps fait-il?” A few things to note: While the word for weather is “le temps” the weather forecast on TV is called “la météo”. Also, you can use this table to get used to the temperature in Celsius.

IL FAIT + ADJECTIVE

It's nice out.il fait beau
It's hot out.il fait chaud
It's cold out.il fait froid
It's cool out.il fait frais
It's bad weather.il fait mauvais
It's humid out.il fait humide
It's cloudy out.il fait nuageux
It's stormy out.il fait orageux
It's _ degrees out.Il fait _ degrés.
It's mild weather .Il fait doux

IL FAIT DU + NOUN

It's windy out.il fait du vent
It's sunny out.il fait du soleil
It's foggy out.il fait du brouillard

IL Y A DU + NOUN

It's sunny out.Il y a du soleil.
There's a sunny interval.Il y a une éclaircie.
There's a rainbow.Il y a un arc-en-ciel
It's raining hard.Il y a une forte pluie.
There's rain shower.Il y a une averse.
There's a storm.Il y a de l'orage.
There's a storm.Il y a une tempête.
It's foggy out.Il y a du bruillard.
It's snowing out.Il y a de la neige.

IL + VERB

It's rainingil pleut
It's pouring outil pleut à verse
It's snowingil neige
It's freezingil gèle

NOUNS

thunderle tonnerre
lightningl’éclair
hailla grêle
sunle soleil
cloudle nuage
rainla pluie
icela glace
stormla tempête
snowflakes les flocons de neige (m)
rain showerl'averse (f)

EXTREME WEATHER

tropical cyclone/typhoonle cyclone tropical
hurricanel'ouragan
blizzardla tempête de neige
tornadola tornade
heatwavela canicule
cold snapla vague de froid
droughtla sécheresse
downpourle déluge
floodl'inondation (f)

VERBS

to shine
The sun is shining.
briller
Le soleil brille.
to blow
The wind is blowing
souffler
Le vent souffle
to break
A storm is breaking
éclater
Un orage éclate
to be above
The temperature is above 30C.
dépasser
Les températures depassent trente degrés.
to fall below
The temperature is falling.
baisser
Les températures baissent.

WEATHER EXPRESSIONS

horrible weatherun temps de chien
It's pouring out.Il tombe des cordes.
It's raining buckets.Il pleut à seaux
It's very cold out. Il faut un froid de canard.
It's very hot and sunny.Il fait un soleil de plomb.
It's freezing (slang)ça caille!

TALKING ABOUT THE WEATHER

I'm cold.J'ai froid.
I'm hot.J'ai chaud.
I can't stand the cold.Je ne support pas le froid.
I can't stand the heat.Je ne support pas la chaleur.
I prefer the heat.Je préfère la chaleur.
I'm sweating.Je transpire.
I'm shivering. Je frissonne.

MORE WEATHER VOCABULARY

barometerun baromètre
CelciusCelcius
centigrade (adj)centigrade
degreeun degré
FahrenheitFahrenheit
minusmoins
plusplus
temperaturela température
above zerodessus zéro
below zerodessous zéro
thermometerle thermomètre
weather forecastles prévisions météo
weather reportle bulletin métérologique
climatele climat
tropical climateun climat tropical
atmospherel'atmosphère (f)
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