¿Qué tiempo hace? – Talking about the weather in Spanish 2

Talking about the weather is a very handy topic in every language when you don’t know what to say. Here, I am going to give you all the vocabulary necessary to solve this uncomfortable silences in the lift.

When you are talking with someone living in another city or country and you  want to ask what the weather is like over there, you can ask:

  • ¿Qué tiempo hace (por allí)?
    – What’s the weather like (over there)?


  • ¿Cómo hace?
    – How’s the weather?

And now, the answers.

  • Weather conditions:











To tinge the weather conditions, you can use “mucho” o “poco” for “hace” and “muy” for “está” right after the verb. Although if the word that follows “está” is a verb, then you can’t use “muy” but “mucho” and you will have to add it after the verb. Look ath the examples:

  • Hace mucho frío.
    – It’s very cold. 

  • Hace poco calor.
    – It’s a little hot. 

  • Está muy despejado.
    – It’s very clear. 

  • Está lloviendo mucho.
    – It’s raining a lot.

To express the negative of all these ideas, you just need to add “no” in front of the verb.

  • No está nevando mucho.
    – It’s not snowing a lot.
  • A bit of vocabulary:
  • lloviznar > ‘to drizzle’

  • granizar > ‘to hail’

  • llover > ‘to rain’

  • nevar > ‘to snow’ 

  • bochorno > ‘muggy weather’

Remember than all this verbs are only in the 3rd person: llovizna (it drizzles), graniza (it hails), llueve (it rains) and nieva (it snows).

To talk about the existence of any weather condition, you can use the verb “hay”.

  • Hay mucho viento.
    – There is a lot of wind.

  • Hay mucha nieve.
    – There is a lot of snow.

  • Hay niebla.
    – It’s foggy.

  • Expressions about the weather.
  • Llueve a cántaros = Jarrea (literally means: it’s raining jugs full).
    – It’s pouring.

  • Hace un frío que pela.
    – It’s freezing.

  • Hace un calor abrasador / achicharrante.
    – It’s scorching.

  • Hace un calor que se caen los pájaros (literally menas: it’s so hot that the birds fall down).
    – It’s very, very hot.



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2 thoughts on “¿Qué tiempo hace? – Talking about the weather in Spanish

  • Sammy

    Thanks a lot for the explanation.
    I was wondering if we can use “tener” instead of “hace”.
    Like say ” tener frio”, “tener calor”..
    Do they mean same?

    Thanks in advance.

    Sammy 🙂

    • María Post author

      Hola Sammy, “Tener frío” or “tener calor” we use the verb “TENER” in Spanish to express a personal state, for instance, “Yo tengo frío” means “I am cold” whereas “Hace frío” means “It’s cold”.