Weather Conditions In Vietnamese: Are They Really That Crazy?

weather conditions in Vietnamese

The first time I came to Vietnam, I was shocked by the weather. I’m from England, and you can pretty much guarantee on any given day, it will be lightly drizzling. However, in Vietnam, one minute you find yourself in unbearable 35-degree heat, and the next, there’s a torrential thunderstorm, and the mercury has dropped to 25. Today we’re investigating weather conditions in Vietnamese and bringing you the most helpful vocab we can think of.

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Weather Conditions In Vietnamese – The Basics

Here are the basic words you’ll need to describe the weather in Vietnam. As with any country, talking about the weather is a great conversation starter.

EnglishVietnameseSound
CloudyNhiều mây
FoggySương mù
RainyNhiều mưa
SnowyCó tuyết rơi
StormyBão
SunnyNhiều nắng
WindyCó gió

Weather Conditions In Vietnamese – Complete List A-H

These are more specific terms to describe and talk about the weather in Vietnamese. Also included are the seasons, although Vietnam doesn’t experience the four seasons like some parts of the world.

EnglishVietnameseSound
AutumnMùa thu
AirHàng không
AtmopshereKhí quyển
BalmyGàn
BreezeKhoe
BiosphereSinh quyển
CloudĐám mây
CalmYên lặng
ColdLạnh
DewSương
DustBụi bặm
DryKhô
FloodLụt
FrostSương giá
HeatNhiệt
HumidityĐộ ẩm

Weather Conditions In Vietnamese – Complete List I-Z

Let’s continue on! There are quite a few weather terms to learn and yes, ice is possible, especially in the mountains of Sapa in Norther Vietnam.

EnglishVietnameseSound
IceĐá
LightningTia chớp
MoistureĐộ ẩm
MonsoonGió mùa
PrecipitationSự kết tủa
RainCơn mưa
SmogKhói bụi
SummerMùa hè
SnowfallTuyết rơi
SpringMùa xuân
TropicalNhiệt đới
VaporHơi
WarmẤm áp
WaveSóng
WinterMùa đông
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Weather Conditions In Vietnamese – Useful Phrases

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If there’s one thing I’ve discovered while traveling to 25 different countries, it’s that there are certain human universals. Can you guess what the number 1 is?

Weather. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Ho Chi Minh City or Halifax, the local man at the corner shop will glance fretfully at the sky and say something like ‘looks like rain’ (Trời có thể mưa).

It isn’t enough to say one word in response. You need to offer your own opinion of the situation, and here are some phrases in Vietnamese that could help you.

EnglishVietnameseSound
Do you love summer?Bạn yêu mùa hè?
How is the weather?Thời tiết thế nào?
It is sunny todayHôm nay trời nắng
It is going to rain soonTrời sắp mưa
I love the rainy seasonTôi yêu mùa mưa
I love cloudy weatherTôi thích thời tiết nhiều mây
It was foggy in the morningTrời có sương mù vào buổi sáng
The breeze feels so pleasantLàn gió thật dễ chịu
The weather is too humid todayThời tiết hôm nay quá ẩm

What Is The Climate Like In Vietnam?

Generally speaking, Vietnam is divided into two different climate zones. Although both are tropical, there are differences.

Vietnamese people like to think of the Central highlands in Central Vietnam as like a wall that divides them. 

The good news is that if you’re in the North, you will experience four distinct seasons. Many ex-pats wax lyrical about how beautiful Hanoi is in the Autumn, which usually starts in September- October. (The seasons in Hanoi actually correspond to seasons in Northern Europe, although Hanoi can still be very hot in even November(As I write this from Hanoi on November 4th, the daytime temperature is 30 degrees). In December and January, it can drop to about 10 but rarely lower than this except in the highlands, where you can even see snow.

July and August are generally bad times to visit Northern Vietnam because monsoon rains wash in from the East Sea, and the temperature is boiling(hotter than the south).

The South of Vietnam’s weather is categorized as a wet and dry season (the temperature never much changes but the difference in the amount of rainfall is staggering). Annual precipitation in Ho Chi Minh City is 55 inches. This is something to keep in mind if you like hiking.

The rainy season in the south is from May to November. An exception is the highland region of Dalat, where the weather stays temperate year-round. The best time to visit the south is January, or February, although it’s best avoided if you like a quiet getaway, as everywhere is super busy!

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Climate Change And Vietnam

Vietnam, like every other country in the world, is subject to the effects of climate change and the rise of average temperatures; however, because of Vietnams erratic weather systems, propensity for natural disasters, and status as low-income, its people feel the effects perhaps more than most. 

A particularly worrying trend is found in Southern Vietnam in the Mekong Delta, where a 2 part process is putting lives at risk.

The Mekong Delta is sinking into the sea, and at the same time, sea levels are rising, claiming more and more homes every year. Although homes are what usually make the news, another facet that people don’t think about is the amount of farmland that is also gobbled up by the unrelenting waters. These numbers are terrifying when you consider that 18 million people live in the Mekong Delta, and most of them barely live above current sea levels.

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The climate data out of Vietnam can, at times, seems discouraging. There are increasingly extended periods of dry weather followed by a deluge.

But you should still visit Vietnam and learn Vietnamese. We all have to face climate change together, and by taking a vacation to the country, you are helping give locals much-needed money that could prepare them for whatever changes may occur in the future.

We know you’ll have a great vacation, and learning Vietnamese is just the cherry on top of the cake that will allow you to connect with locals in a way you didn’t think was possible.

If you enjoyed this blog, check out a few others, such as vocab about diet in Vietnamese and Vietnamese tones.

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