How To Talk About The Weather In Russian

Whether you’re checking the forecast for Moscow or need to make small talk with a Russian, here’s a guide to Russian weather vocab to get you started!
winter weather palace scene in Russia

Whether you’re working on mastering the Russian language or just want enough knowledge to get by for a week, you’ll want to learn Russian weather vocab early on in your studies. It’s very practical stuff that you might not even think about until you’re caught outside in the middle of a snowstorm because you couldn’t understand the forecast on the television screen. And if you ever need to bond with someone, throwing out a “Sure is sunny today” is a surefire way to break the ice. (OK, it’s not an exciting way to break the ice, but it beats having nothing to say at all).

Rain, sleet, snow or hail, you’ll want to know some meteorological terms when you’re in Russia. To help you out, we compiled a primer for basic Russian weather vocab to get you on your way!

The Seasons In Russian

season — время года

spring — весна

summer — лето

autumn — осень

winter — зима

rainy season — сезон дождей

dry season — засуха

Russian Weather Vocab

weather — погода

climate — климат

degree — градус

sunlight — солнечный свет

rain — дождь

cloud — облако

snow — снег

wind — ветер

fine (weather) — прекрасный

tropical — тропический

storm — буря

temperate — умеренный

overcast — облачно

weather forecast — прогноз погоды

thunder — гром

lightning — молния

frost — мороз

blizzard — метель

hail — град

drizzle — моросящий дождь

rainbow — радуга

Russian Weather Phrases

What is the weather like? — Как погода?

The sun is shining. — Солнце светит.

The sky is cloudy. — Небо облачное.

It stopped raining. — Дождь прекратился.

A thunderstorm is coming. — Надвигается гроза.

A strong wind is blowing. — Дует очень сильный ветер.

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