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Talking about the weather in Swedish Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Living in Sweden, Swedish Language

It’s raining! Picture it: You’re on vacation in Stockholm during the autumn, and suddenly, rain starts to fall. You’re getting soaked! What do you do?

Maybe you want to buy ett paraply, an umbrella. Or maybe you just want to talk about the weather. Swedes love small-talk, so you’ll fit right in! And have we got the guide for you. Learn how to talk about the weather with us in Swedish below!

NOUN Example with noun VERB Example with verb
blixt (blixten)
Blixten lyste upp hela himlen.
The lightning lit up the whole sky.
att blixtra
there is lightning
Det blixtrar (ute).
There is lightning (out).
dimma (dimman)
Dimman gjorde det svårt att se vägen.
The fog made it hard to see the sky.
att vara dimmigt
to be foggy/misty
Det är dimmigt (ute).
It is foggy/misty (out).
hagel (haglet)
Haglet skadade mig i huvudet.
The hail injured my head.
att hagla
to hail
Det haglar (ute).
It is hailing (out).
himmel (himlen*)
Himlen är vacker idag.
The sky is beautiful today.
is (isen)
Isen var hal.
The ice was slippery.
att vara isigt/halt
to be icy/slippery
Det är isigt ute.
It is icy out.
Det är halt ute.
It is slippery out.
kyla (kylan)
[the] cold
Många växter dog i kylan.
Many plants died in the cold.
att vara kallt/kyligt
to be cold/chilly
Det är kallt/kyligt (ute).
It is cold/chilly (out).
moln (ett moln)
Hon ser över oss från ett moln.
She is watching over us from a cloud.
att vara moln/molnigt
to be cloudy
Det är moln/molnigt (ute).
It is cloudy (out).
en orkan (orkanen)
a hurricane
Ön drabbades av en orkan.
The island was hit by a hurricane.
regn (regnet)
Han kysste mig i regnet.
He kissed me in the rain.
att regna
to rain
Det regnar (ute).
It is raining (out).
en regnbåge (regnbågen)
a rainbow
Ni blev glada när ni såg regnbågen.
You were happy when you saw the rainbow.
sol (solen)
Solen skiner.
The sun is shining.
att vara sol/soligt
to be sunny
Det är sol/soligt (ute).
It is sunny (out).
snö (snön)
De såg en räv i snön.
They saw a fox in the snow.
att snöa
to snow
Det snöar (ute).
It is snowing (out).
en storm (stormen)
a storm
Vi stannade inne under stormen.
We stayed in during the storm.
att storma
to storm
Det stormar ute.
It is storming outside.
vind (vinden)
Det är mycket vind vid kusten.
There is a lot of wind by the coast.
att blåsa
to be windy
(= to blow)
Det blåser (ute).
It is windy (out).
värme (värmen)
Jag ville inte gå ut i värmen.
I didn’t want to go out in the heat.
att vara varmt
to be warm/hot
Det är varmt (ute).
It is warm/hot (out).
(In Swedish, varmt means both warm and hot with regards to weather.)
åska (åskan)
Jag skrämdes av åskan.
I was frightened by the thunder.
att åska
to thunder
Det åskar (ute).
It is thundering (out).
en översvämning (översvämningen)
a flood
Många hus drabbas av översvämningar.
Many houses are being hit by floods.

Lycka till! Good luck! 😉

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Stephen Maconi has been writing for the Transparent Swedish Blog since 2010. Wielding a Bachelor's Degree in Swedish and Nordic Linguistics from Uppsala University in Sweden, Stephen is an expert on Swedish language and culture.


  1. Saulo:

    In the fog (dimma) example, wouldn’t be way, instead sky?

  2. Saulo:

    On the fog (dimma) example: wouldn’t be way(or path), instead sky?

  3. TMartin:

    I learned a new weather word the other day: fuktig. Very useful term.