5 Common Ways to Ask About the Weather in Spanish

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A common Google search is “how do you say how is the weather in Spanish”. I can help you answer that!

Do you want to sound more natural when speaking Spanish? It’s important to know common phrases and expressions like how to ask about the weather. 

Learn the 5 most popular ways to query the forecast in Spanish and you’ll be able to have a conversation with native speakers in no time!

But first, let’s answer another important question.

What is “weather” in Spanish?

Before asking “how do you say how is the weather in Spanish”, let’s talk about the meaning of “weather”.

Native speakers tend to mix the words clima, tiempo and temperatura. Therefore, I want to make it clear that clima means climate, tiempo means weather and temperatura means temperature. 

Maybe you have heard that the word “tiempo” means “time”. However, that is not its only meaning. We use the word “tiempo” to refer to the weather as well.

5 Common Ways to Ask About the Weather in Spanish

¿Qué tiempo hace?

Of all the ways to ask about the weather, “¿Qué tiempo hace?” is likely the most popular. You can use this phrase to inquire about current conditions such as windy/sunny, cold/hot, etc. 

This is an open question that can be answered in multiple ways. See some examples below:

¿Qué tiempo hace? 

  1. Hace frío, por lo general.
  2. Hace mucho calor.
  3. Está lluvioso la mayor parte del tiempo.
  4. Está ventoso.
  5. Hacen menos de 6 grados.

¿Cómo es el clima?

A literal translation of this phrase is “How is the climate?” It can be used when asking more general questions about the weather such as in what season it is best to visit a place, or if a location has an average temperature. 

As an example, you might say “¿Cómo es el clima en Argentina?” (How is the climate in Argentina?) to find out about general weather conditions in that country.

¿Hace frío/calor?

This is another one of the most common ways to ask about the weather in Spanish. It is translated as “Is it cold/hot?” It is often followed by the prepositions “en” (in) or “acá” (here). See an example below:

  • ¿Hace frío en Buenos Aires ahora?
  • ¿En Buenos Aires? ¡Acá hace un calor terrible!

You might ask this question when trying to decide what kind of clothing you should wear.

  • No sé si llevar un abrigo. ¿Hace frío afuera?

¿Qué temperatura hace?

This is the direct translation of “What temperature is it?” It is used to ask what the exact temperature is. 

This can be a good phrase to use when you need more specific weather details than just knowing if it is cold or hot. 

For example, if you’re packing for a trip and need to know how much clothing to bring, “¿Qué temperatura hace?” would be quite useful!

¿Cuál es la temperatura promedio?

This is a unique Spanish phrase because it implies that you are asking for an average temperature, typically over several days or weeks. 

This phrase can be useful in more complex scenarios where you need to gauge the weather conditions of an area over a period of time, such as when trying to decide on the best time of year to visit a certain location.

Useful phrases to express how you feel about the weather in Spanish

These are some useful phrases to express how you feel about the weather in Spanish.

If you don’t like the weather, you can say something like:

  • ¡Qué feo que está! (It ‘s awful).
  • Me muero de frío/calor. (This heat/cold is killing me). 
  • El tiempo está horrible. (The weather is horrible). 

If you are enjoying the weather, you can say something like:

  • ¡Qué lindo que está! (It ‘s so nice). 
  • ¡Qué hermoso día! (What a beautiful day). 
  • Hace buen tiempo. (The weather’s good). 

Conclusion

These are the 5 most common ways to ask about the weather in Spanish:

  1. ¿Qué tiempo hace?
  2. ¿Cómo es el clima?
  3. ¿Hace frío/calor?
  4. ¿Qué temperatura hace?
  5. ¿Cuál es la temperatura promedio?

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I’m so happy you’re here! My name is Melany and I help language learners speak Argentine Spanish. I primarily teach Argentine slang and idioms, how to sound more natural and to speak Spanish with confidence.

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