Weather words in Dutch

Weather words and weather-related expressions in Dutch (Nederlands) with English equivalents.

In the Netherlands the weather is important, and people tend to talk about it, and particularly to complain about it a lot.

Nederlands English
Het weer The weather
Het weerbericht The weather forecast
De weersverwachting The weather forecast
Het is zonnig It is sunny
De zon schijnt The sun is shining
Het is warm It is warm
Het is heet It is hot
Het is snikheet It is stifling hot / sweltering ("It is snob hot")
Het is bloedheet It is boiling hot / sweltering ("It is blood hot")
Hittegolf Heat wave
De mussen vallen van het dak The sparrows fall from the roof = It's very hot
Rokjesdag "Skirt day" - The very first warm day in spring when women start to wear a skirt
Het is lekker weer It is a comfortable temperature
Het is koel It is cool
Het is fris It is chilly
Het is koud It is cold
Het vriest It is freezing
Het is ijzig koud it is freezing cold
De weersomslag A change in the weather - usually from good to bad weather
De neerslag Precipitation
Het regent It is raining
Het miezert It is drizzling
Motregen Drizzle
Een bui / een regenbui A shower / a rain shower
Een hondenweer Dog weather - weather you would only go out in to walk your dog
Onweer Thunderstorm
Het onweert It is thundering
Donder en bliksem Thunder and lightning
Er hangt onweer in de lucht There is a storm brewing
De mist The fog
Het is mistig It is foggy
De nevel The mist
Het is nevelig It is misty
Hagel Hail
Het hagelt It is hailing
Sneeuw Snow
Het sneeuwt It is snowing
Natte sneeuw Wet snow
Sneeuwstorm A blizzard
Ijzel Glazed frost
Ijzelen It is icing up
De wind The wind
De storm The storm
De windkracht The wind force
De wervelwind / de windhoos The whirlwind
Windstil calm
Een briesje A breeze
Een zuchtje wind A breath of wind
Een windvlaag A gust of wind
Waaien To blow
Het waait It is windy
De wind waait The wind is blowing
Uitwaaien Get a breath of fresh air - you go for a walk in the wind to make your head clear
Tegenwind Headwind / adverse wind
Ik heb weer tegenwind I have headwind again - very important when you are on a bike
Ik heb de wind mee I have the wind behind me - very important when you are on a bike
Zijwind Crosswind
Ijzige wind Icy wind
Snijdende wind Cutting or piercing wind
De wolk The cloud
Het is bewolkt It is cloudy
Schapenwolkjes Sheep clouds
Wolkeloos Cloudless
Geen wolkje aan de lucht No cloud in the sky = there is no problem at all

Expressions for heavy rain

Nederlands English
Een stortbui / een hoosbui A downpour
Een wolkbreuk A cloudburst
Het regent pijpenstelen It's raining pipe stems = It's raining heavily
Het komt met bakken uit de lucht It falls with buckets from the sky = It's raining heavily

Other idioms for heavy rain in various languages

Dutch weather words and expressions supplied by Anke Rutten

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