• Dutch course for beginners A1
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  • 1 Dutch alphabet and pronunciation
  • 2 Counting in Dutch (indefinite and ordinal numbers) [0/3]
  • 3 Dutch greetings (hello in Dutch) [0/3]
  • 4 Basic words and phrases in Dutch [0/4]
  • 5 Introducing yourself in Dutch [0/4]
  • 6 What time is it? - telling the time in Dutch [0/4]
  • 7 Days of the week, months and seasons in Dutch [0/5]
  • 8 Colours in Dutch [0/3]
  • 9 Animal names in Dutch [0/5]
  • 10 Family in Dutch [0/3]
  • 11 Food and Drinks in Dutch [0/5]
  • 12 How to order food in Dutch? [0/4]
  • 13 The weather in Dutch [0/4]
  • 14 Countries, Cities and Nationalities in Dutch [0/3]
  • 15 Body parts in Dutch [0/3]
  • 16 Clothes and shoes in Dutch [0/4]
  • 17 Travel and vacation in Dutch [0/3]
  • 18 Dutch proverbs and sayings [0/3]
  • 19 I love you in Dutch (Emotions and feelings) [0/4]
  • 20 Happy birthday in Dutch (birthday wishes) [0/3]
  • 21 Asking for directions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 22 Needs and opinions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 23 Hobbies in Dutch [0/4]
  • 24 House, room, furniture vocabulary in Dutch [0/4]
  • 25 How to describe a person in Dutch [0/4]
  • 26 Business Dutch [0/4]
  • The weather is one of the most popular small talk topics of the Dutch. A conversation in Dutch usually starts with sentences such as: 'Mooi weer vandaag!' (Nice weather today!) In this chapter you will learn about the different weather conditions and you will learn how to talk about the weather in Dutch.

    Dutch weather

    The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate with cool summers and moderate winter. Its climate is influenced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. An average temperature during the day in winter is between 2°C and 6°C and in summer between 17°C and 20°C. Sometimes there are periods in summer when it can be over 25°C. If there are 5 days in a row with temperatures of over 25°C, including 3 days with temperatures of over 30°C, one is talking about a 'hittegolf' (heatwave).

    In the table below, you will find the nouns and verbs of different weather conditions in Dutch.

    Weather condition Noun Verb
    De regen (the rain) Regenen (raining)
    De sneeuw (the snow) Sneeuwen (snowing)
    De mist (the fog) Misten (It is foggy)
    Het onweer (the thunderstorm) Onweren (thunder)
    De bewolking (overcast) Het is bewolkt (It is cloudy)
    De zon (the sun) De zon schijnt (the sun is shining)
            De vorst (the frost) Vriezen (freezing)
    hagelen De hagel (the hail) Hagelen (hailing)
    wind De wind (the wind) Waaien (the wind is blowing)

    Describing the weather in Dutch

    The personal pronoun 'het' is used when talking about the weather. 

    English Dutch
    It is cold Het is koud
    It is raining Het regent
    It is snowing Het sneeuwt
    The weather is nice Het is mooi weer
    The weather is bad Het is vies/slecht weer
    It is hot Het is warm
    It is sunny Het is zonnig
    It is cloudy Het is bewolkt
    It is foggy Het is mistig
    It is rainy Het is regenachtig
    It is freezing Het vriest
    It is windy Het waait
    The sun is shining De zon schijnt

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    Questions about the weather

    The table below will provide you with questions you can ask when you want to talk about the weather.

    Dutch English
    • Question: Wat voor weer wordt het vandaag / morgen?
    • Answer: Het wordt lekker weer vandaag / morgen. 
    • What kind of weather is it going to be today/tomorrow?
    • The weather is going to be nice today/tomorrow.
    • ​Question: Hoe is het weer daar?
    • Answer: Het is hier lekker weer.
    • What is the weather like over there?
    • The weather is nice over here.
    • ​Question: Gaat het regenen / sneeuwen / hagelen?
    • Answer: Ja, het gaat regenen / sneeuwen / hagelen. 
    • Is it going to rain / snow / hail?
    • Yes, it is going to rain / snow / hail.
    • Question: Heeft het geregend / gesneeuwd / gehageld?
    • Answer: Ja, het heeft geregend / gesneeuwd / gehageld. 
    • Has it rained / snowed / hailed?
    • Yes, it has rained / snowed / hailed.
    • Question: Waar gaat het regenen / sneeuwen / hagelen?
    • Answer: Het is gaat regenen / sneeuwen / hagelen in Utrecht.
    • Where is it going to rain / snow / hail?
    • It is going to rain / snow / hail in Utrecht.
    • ​Question: Wanneer gaat het regenen / sneeuwen / hagelen?
    • Answer: Morgen gaat het regenen / sneeuwen / hagelen.
    • When is it going to rain / snow / hail?
    • It is going to rain / snow / hail tomorrow.
    • ​Question: Wat is de weersverwachting?
    • Answer: Het weerbericht zegt dat het gaat regenen. 
    • What is the weather forecast?
    • It is going to rain according to the weather forecast.
    • Question: Is het koud? 
    • Answer: Ja, het is koud / Nee, het is niet koud. 
    • Is it cold?
    • Yes, it is cold / No, it is not cold.
    • Question: Is het warm?
    • Answer: Ja, het is warm / Nee, het is niet warm.
    • Is it hot?
    • Yes, it is hot. / No, it is not hot.

    enlightenedThe Dutch weather can be very unpredictable but the Dutch can always rely on one vehicle: their bicycle! Even when it is snowing...

    Train your skills by doing the exercises below!