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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.
 

French weather expressions

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