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Learning Italian Vocabulary: Seasons and the Weather

written by: R. H. • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 3/2/2012

Learning to discuss the seasons and the weather in Italian is a good idea if you plan to visit Italy. Knowing the words and phrases for weather and seasons will give you something to discuss with people, and will also help you to understand weather forecasts (important if you plan to tour outdoors!)

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    What's the Weather Like in Italy?

    Italy is certainly a land of distinct seasons. Throughout the country, winter can be very bitter with snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures. During this cold time of year, it's common for Italians to take a brief winter vacation. But then spring comes, beautiful and blooming all across the country. Spring is gorgeous in Italy, as everything seems to come back to life. The summer can be extremely hot throughout Italy, so again, this is a common time for Italians to vacation, particularly during August, when people try to escape from the heat to somewhere breezy or to a beach. Autumn, the harvest season, is also a beautiful season in Italy.

    When is the ideal time to visit Italy, if you are considering the weather? You could visit during the lovely spring and fall seasons, but because the weather is best during these times, they are also the seasons that attract a lot of visitors to the country. Late October and November, the rainy time of the year, can be a good time to visit Italy if you prefer to avoid the tourist crowds.

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    Weather and Seasons: Important Italian Words and Phrases

    (Click here for a downloadable, printable list of Italian weather, month and season vocabulary words and phrases)

    To begin discussing the weather in Italy, you should learn some basic vocabulary terms and phrases. It's helpful to know the seasons and months, and then some phrases to describe the weather:

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    Seasons in Italian

    Spring - la primavera

    Summer - l'estate

    Autumn - l'autunno

    Winter - l'inverno

    If you wish to specify the weather or what happens in a particular season, insert "in" before the season, i.e., "in primavera." You can also say, "d'estate" and "d'inverno."

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    Months in Italian

    January - Gennaio

    February - Febbraio

    March - Marzo

    April - Aprile

    May - Maggio

    June - Giugno

    July - Luglio

    August - Agosto

    September Settembre

    October - Ottobre

    November - Novembre

    December - Dicembre

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    Weather Phrases in Italian

    What's the weather like today? - Che tempo fa oggi?

    It's nice - Fa bello / Fa bel tempo

    It's bad - Fa brutto tempo

    It's sunny - C'è sole / Fa sole

    It's cold - Fa freddo

    It's hot - Fa caldo

    It's cool - Fa fresco

    It's snowy - Nevica

    It's windy - C'è il vento

    It's raining - Piove

    It's foggy - C'è la nebbia

    It's frosty - È gelido

    It's freezing Fa un freddo gelido

    It's hailing - Grandina

    It's cloudy - È nuvoloso

    It's stormy - È burrascoso

    It's lightning - Il lampo

    It's humid - È umido

    It's muggy - È afoso

    It's thundering - Tuona

    Storm - Il temporale

    Changable - Variabile

    Learn these Italian words and phrases and enjoy being able to understand a weather report or a discussion about the seasons and weather in Italian...and perhaps even participating in the conversation yourself!