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The weather An t-Sìde

The weather is almost always a great topic for striking up a conversation. Watch the video below to learn about some of the particular elements of talking about the weather in Gaelic


Remember the weather is feminine, consequently use i when describing what it is like outside.

Tha i brèagha

- It is fine

Tha i garbh

- It is harsh

Tha i fuar

- It is cold

Nouns for weather

Another way of describing weather is to use nouns, such as stoirm (storm), reothadh (frost), and uisge (rain):

Tha stoirm ann

- There is a storm

Tha reothadh ann

- There is a frost

Tha an t-uisge ann

- There is the rain

Tha stoirm mhòr ann

- There is a big storm

Tha reothadh cruaidh ann

- There is a hard frost

Tha uisge mìn ann

- There is a gentle rain

Tha an dìle bhàite ann

- There is a heavy downpour

Adjectives for weather

We can also use some nouns, like 'fras' (shower) and 'grian' (sun), to form adjectives, such as frasach and grianach, to describe the weather:

Tha fras ann, bha i frasach an-dè cuideachd

- There is a shower, it was showery yesterday too

Tha a' ghrian a' deàrrsadh, tha i grianach

- The sun is shining, it is sunny

Adding emphasis

We can use 'S e along with adjectives such as deagh (bad) and droch (good) for emphasis. Deagh and droch lenite the following word where possible:

'S e droch latha a th' ann

- It is a bad day

'S e deagh shìde a th' ann

- It is good weather

Ro and glè, also commonly used for emphasis, lenite the following word as well.

'S e latha gle mhath a th' ann, ach tha i ro bhlàth aig na caoraich

- It is a very good day, but it is too warm for the sheep

More examples

Look at the following examples. Which would you prefer if you were going skiing in the Alps?

Tha i a' cur an t-sneachda

- It is snowing

Tha tàirneanaich is dealanaich ann

- There is thunder and lightning