Talking about weather in Russian

Weather... it is very crazy sometimes. Especially here, in Russia. Because our country is huge and the climate varies in different parts of it. When it's snowing in the north, it can be still warm in the south. 

So, the weather is important in our life and it takes a huge part of our everyday conversation. We talk about the weather with our friends, neighbours, acquaintances even if it doesn't make sense. But how do we talk about weather in Russian? How can we describe a nasty or a good weather? Let's find out!

Weather vocabulary


погода - weather
прогноз погоды - weather forcast
облачность - overcast
солнце - sun
небо - sky
облако - cloud
туча - black cloud (before rain)
ветер - wind
дождь (m.) - rain
ливень (m.) - shower
снег - snow
град - hail
росá - dew
тумáн - fog
грозá - thunderstorm
шторм - storm


Describing good or bad weather

Useful phrases


Хорошая погода. - A good weather.
Плохая погода. - A bad weather.
Солнечно. - It's sunny.
Облачно. - It's cloudy.
Холодно. - It's cold.
Тепло. - It's warm.
Жарко. - It's hot.

Adjectives to describe the weather

холодный - cold
теплый - warm
жаркий - hot
морозный - freezing
туманный - foggy
солнечный - sunny
дождливый - rainy
пасмурный/облачный - cloudy
прохладный - cool

General phrases about the weather and concrete examples

Идет снег. - It's snowing.
Идет дождь. - It's raining.
Дует ветер. - The wind is blowing.
Солнце светит. - The sun is shining.

Notice that we use the verb "идти" with raining and snowing. We literally say that the snow or the rain "goes". It's another funny thing about the Russian language. 

Here are some phrases to describe certain weather conditions:

Сегодня очень сильный ветер. - Today is a very windy day.
Небо так быстро темнеет. Скоро пойдет дождь. - The sky is getting dark so quickly. It's going to rain soon.
Сегодня довольно прохладно. Завтра обещают жаркий день. - Today it is quite cool. The weather forecasters promise a hot day for tomorrow.

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