Probably one of the most used subjects world-wide to strike up a conversation or have a little chin wag with your neighbors is the weather. And Germans are no exception to this rule. Talking about the weather is one of their favorite topics. Especially since the weather in Germany is very multifaceted. There are years with hot summers and icy winters, but there are also years when the summer is rather cool and rainy. And the winter as well. So when you want learn German, you should improve your weather vocabulary. OK, let’s look at the weather in German.
The German word for weather is das Wetter (neuter, no plural).
German Weather Words
Here are some German weather words, i.e. words containing the word weather or related to weather in general.
|English Expressions||German Translations||Gender|
|brass monkey weather (British English)||saukaltes Wetter||neuter|
|change in the weather pattern||der Wetterumschwung||masculine|
|change of weather||die Wetteränderung||feminine|
|extreme weather event||die Wetterkapriole||feminine|
|fair weather||das Schönwetter||neuter|
|improvement in the weather||die Wetterbesserung||feminine|
|meteorological office (British English)||das Wetteramt||neuter|
|meteorologist||der Meteorologe / die Meteorologin||masculine / feminine|
|spell of bad weather||die Schlechtwetterperiode||feminine|
|weather balloon||der Wetterballon||masculine|
|weather conditions||die Witterungsverhältnisse||plural|
|weather forecast||die Wettervorhersage||feminine|
|weather front||die Wetterfront||feminine|
|weather office (American English)||das Wetteramt||neuter|
|weather outlook||die Wetteraussicht||feminine|
|weather presenter||der Wetteransager / die Wetteransagerin||masculine / feminine|
|weather protection||der Witterungsschutz||masculine|
|weather proverb||die Bauernregel||feminine|
|weather report||der Wetterbericht||masculine|
|weather satellite||der Wettersatellit||masculine|
|weather side||die Windseite||feminine|
|weather station||die Wetterwarte||feminine|
|weather vane||der Wetterhahn||masculine|
|weather warning||die Unwetterwarnung||feminine|
Weather Conditions in Germany
There are the four seasons: spring (der Frühling), summer (der Sommer), autumn (der Herbst) and winter (der Winter). They are the main forces influencing the German climate.
But which kind of weather an area actually has also depends on its geographical location. The south of the country is often hot in the summer and snowy in the winter. The north, on the other hand, is near the baltic and the north sea. And their huge water masses take long to heat up in the spring, but also longer to cool down on during autumn. So northern Germany doesn’t get as hot in summer and the winters tend to be wet rather than white with snow. And they last longer in the north than in the south.
The Temperature in German
The temperature is measured in degrees Celsius, as opposed to Fahrenheit. I could give you the formula to convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit, but you’ll probably use an app on your smart phone anyway.
But it is useful to have some rough idea when you see an indication in Celsius in the weather forecast, so here’s a little table:
– 10 ℃ — 14 ℉
0 ℃ — 32 ℉ (freezing point of water)
10 ℃ — 50 ℉
20 ℃ — 68 ℉
30 ℃ — 86 ℉
How to talk about the Weather in German
Germany has a moderate climate and no real extremes. Heat waves are rare, there is no rainy season and lowest temperatures are rarely below. So most weather conditions should be familiar to you. Now, if you want to talk or ask about the weather in Germany, here are the top German weather related expressions together with the English translation:
- die Sonne scheint — the sun shines
- die Sonne lacht — literally: the sun is laughing, poetic phrase meaning: the sun is shining
- es ist warm — it is warm
- es ist heiß — it is hot
- blauer Himmel — blue sky
- keine Wolke am Himmel — not a cloud in the sky
- es ist kühl — it is chilly
- es ist kalt — it is cold
- ungemütliches Wetter — miserable weather
- es ist bewölkt — it is cloudy
- der Himmel ist bedeckt — the sky is overcast
- dunkle Wolken ziehen auf — dark clouds gathering
- es nieselt — it’s drizzling
- es ist schwül — it is muggy
- es regnet — it’s raining
- schlechtes Wetter — inclement weather
- es regnet Bindfäden — it’s raining cats and dogs (literally: it’s raining twines)
- es schüttet wie aus Kübeln — it’s pouring down with rain (literally: it’s pouring as from buckets)
- so ein Sauwetter — such lousy weather (literally: such sow weather)
- es ist windig — it is windy
- es weht ganz schön — it blows quite a bit
- es stürmt — it is storming
- eine leichte Brise — a light breeze
- starker Wind — strong wind
- ein Herbststurm — an autumn storm
- eine Sturmböe — a squall
- es schneit — it is snowing
- die Wege sind verschneit — the paths are covered with snow
- Vorsicht, Glatteis! — Caution, black ice!
How to ask about the Weather in German
When you want to ask a German about the weather, you might use one the following German phrases:
Wie wird das Wetter morgen? — How will the weather be tomorrow?
Wie wird das Wetter am Wochenende? — How will the weather be this weekend?
Wissen Sie, wie das Wetter werden soll? (formal address) — Do you know what the weather is going to be like?
Weißt du, wie das Wetter werden soll? (informal address) — Do you know what the weather is going to be like?
Wie ist das Wetter heute bei euch? (informal address) — How is the weather today with you?
- Wollen wir hoffen, dass das Wetter bald besser wird. — Let’s hope that the weather will be better soon.
- Sei froh, wenn du im Haus bleiben kannst. Das Wetter ist fürchterlich. — Count yourself lucky if you can stay in the house. The weather is terrible.
- Das Wetter ist viel zu kühl für diese Jahreszeit. — The weather is much too cool for this time of year.
- Wir wollen im Urlaub in den Süden. Bei dem Wetter hier wird man ja trübsinnig. — We want to go on vacation to the south. With the weather here you get gloomy.
- Wie ist das Wetter bei euch? Hier regnet es schon wieder. — How is the weather over there? Here it is raining again.
- Sieh mal, ein Regenbogen! — Look, a rainbow!
Congratulations, you made it to the end of this post and can consider yourself an expert to talk about the weather in German now! You don’t have to remember every single German phrase, but it would be good to learn a few words on a rainy day. It will be helpful to get in touch with the locals if you can talk about the weather with them.