A great way to strike up conversation in Spanish with a local is to ask a question about the weather or say something about the weather at the time. Weather is something that we all talk about either with people we know well or complete strangers therefore it is the ideal topic area to learn in Spanish to chat to anyone you meet.
What a nice day!
How hot it is!
Do you know if it’s going to rain tomorrow?
The key tenses you need to know are present, future and maybe past.
In this blog post we will look at some key phrases you could learn so that you can use them on your next holiday to chat with native Spanish speakers.
Hace sol – It’s sunny
Hace calor – It’s hot
Hace frío – It’s cold
Hace fresco – It’s chilly
Hace viento – It’s windy
Hace buen tiempo – It’s good weather
Hace mal tiempo – It’s bad weather
Add “mucho” to say “very”:
Hace mucho calor – It’s very hot
Or “tanto” to say “so …”:
Hace tanto frío – It’s so cold
Está nublado – It is cloudy
Está despejado – It’s clear
Está soleado – It’s sunny
Está lloviendo – It’s raining
Está nevando – It’s snowing
Hay niebla – It is foggy (“There is fog”)
Hay tormenta – There is a storm
It is probably better to learn the weather vocabulary in Spanish as a phrase rather than an isolated word so that you remember which verb to use with which type of weather as there is no definite rule as to whether to use hace, está or hay.
Llueve a cántaros – It’s raining buckets (cats and dogs)
Llueve a mares – It’s raining oceans
Chuzos de punta – heavy rain
¡Hace un frío que pela! – It’s so cold!
Sometimes you could just say one of the following statements and see who responds to you at the bar:
¡Qué calor (hace)! – How hot it is!
¡Qué frío (hace)! – How cold it is!
el invierno – winter
la primavera – spring
el verano – summer
el otoño – autumn
Use “va a + verb” – It is going to …
Va a llover – It is going to rain
Va a hacer sol – It is going to be sunny
Va a estar nublado – It is going to be cloudy
Va a haber una tormenta – There is going to be a storm
¿Crees que va a llover? – Do you think it’s going to rain?
Hizo mucho frío ayer – It was really cold yesterday
Estuvo soleado el domingo – It was sunny on Sunday
Hubo una tormenta anoche – There was a storm last night
If you don’t state a specific time, you would use the imperfect tense:
Hacía mucho calor – It was really hot
Llovía mucho cuando salí de casa – It was raining a lot when I left home
Estaba nublado – It was cloudy
If you want to say that things other than the weather are “hot” or “cold” you wouldn’t use “hacer”, read this blog to find out more: