French Weather Vocabulary - Le Temps

Talking about the weather in French

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Ready to make the ultimate small talk? Learn to chat about the weather in French. Click on the links to hear each word and phrase pronounced in French.

weather le temps
weather forecast la météo
How's the weather?  Quel temps fait-il ?
It's ... Il fait ...(faire)
 hot  chaud 
 cold  froid 
 cool  frais 
 nice out  beau 
 bad weather  mauvais 
 humid  humide 
 heavy  lourd 
 windy  du vent 
 sunny  du soleil 
 foggy  du brouillard 
 cloudy  nuageux 
 stormy  orageux 
It's ...  Il ...  
 raining  pleut(pleuvoir)
 pouring  pleut à verse 
 snowing  neige(neiger)
 freezing  gèle(geler)                                          

Note that in French, you cannot express what the weather is like using the verb être (to be); you must use the impersonal verb faire.

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