Italian Language Lesson 7: the Weather

| Fri, 11/30/2012 - 07:14

When we learn the basic Italian weather expressions, such as ‘fa freddo / caldo’ (it’s cold / hot) and c’è il sole / la pioggia / la nebbia (it’s sunny / raining / foggy) we can discuss the weather with Italians.

However, it’s always great to know how to use idiomatic expressions such as those in English: ‘It’s boiling hot’ or ‘it’s freezing cold’.

Some idioms relating to weather in Italian are:

Fa un freddo cane - It’s freezing cold

Fa un caldo / freddo da morire - It’s boiling hot / It’s freezing cold

Piove a cantinelle - It’s bucketing it down / It’s raining cats and dogs

Piove a dirotto - It’s tipping it down

C’è un sole che spacca le pietre - The sun is blazing hot

Rosso di sera, bel tempo si spera. Rosso di mattina mal tempo si avvicina - Red sky at night, shepherds delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherds warning

Rosso di Sera

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Alesha Keene is an Oxford graduate of Italian who is now back in London after years spent living and working in Rome as a language teacher and PR consultant. Alesha is CEO and Italian teacher at Alesha’s Italian Masterclass, which runs Italian immersion courses at authentic Italian cafe AltaMarea in Borough Market (London Bridge). You can contact her at or through Facebook or Twitter. Her website it