8 Spanish Phrases to Help You Discuss the Weather Like a True Spaniard

A sunny day in Málaga, Spain
A sunny day in Málaga, Spain | © Nick Kenrick / Flickr
Photo of Mark Nayler
18 June 2018

Spaniards love discussing the weather as much as the English, and use many colorful phrases when doing so. Read on to learn eight Spanish expressions that will come in handy if you want to talk about the weather like a true Spaniard.

Hace (mucho) frío/calor

Usually said in tones of astonishment or exasperation, this is the expression you’ll hear most often in winter and summer respectively, and simply means “it’s (very) cold/hot”. Hace comes from the verb hacer (meaning “to do” or “to make”) and is used in many Spanish weather phrases.

Me achicharro

A phrase you’ll often have cause to use when in Spain, this means “I’m roasting/scorching”. To say it like a Spaniard, you’ll need to put a good deal of exasperation into it and tug at your T-shirt to properly convey how insufferable the heat is.

"Hace calor" is a phrase you'll use a lot when in Spain | © FotografieLink / Pixabay

Está lloviendo a cántaros

This is the Spanish phrase that’s closest (in sense if not in literal translation) to the English expression “it’s raining cats and dogs.” A cántaro is a jug or pitcher, so the phrase indicates that a great deal of water is falling from the sky—only without mentioning gatos or perros.

Está lloviendo muy fuerte

Another way of referring to heavy rain, this means “it’s raining very heavily.” Está comes from the verb estar (“to be”), which is also used very commonly in Spanish phrases about the weather. Ser also means “to be,” but is never used to discuss the weather in Spanish.

A rainy day in Seville, southern Spain | © Johannes Schwanbeck / Flickr

Hasta el 40 de mayo, no te quites el sayo

Although it originally comes from Madrid, this expression is used all over Spain and means “don’t take off your jumper until June 9”. In other words, don’t think that the risk of cold weather or rain has completely disappeared until you reach mid-June.

Está chispeando

Perhaps not a phrase you’ll have much cause to use when in Spain (especially between June and October), this comes from chispear (“to drizzle”) and means “it’s drizzling.” Another Spanish expression that has the same meaning is está lloviznando.

"Está chispeando" means "it's drizzling" | © tonixjesse / Pixabay

La primavera, la sangre altera

The equivalent, in meaning, to the English expression “spring is in the air,” this literally means “spring, the blood alters” or “spring alters the blood.” It refers to the imminence of the season’s approach, heralded by the arrival of warmer temperatures and the blooming of flowers.

Estoy sudando como un pollo

A phrase that is sure to impress your Spanish friends, this means “I am sweating like a chicken.” If the choice of animal seems somewhat random (do chickens sweat a lot?), Spaniards are equally amused by the fact that pigs feature in the equivalent English idiom.

Spring flowers in a typical Spanish home | © 12019 / Pixabay

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