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Since I've been learning French I've seen the phrase "Il fait beau" about a million times. So I can certainly say "It's nice out." But in English I could also say:

  • The weather is amazing!
  • The weather is gorgeous! It's gorgeous out! It's gorgeous outside!
  • You should see what it's like outside!
  • What a gorgeous day!
  • Beautiful weather today.
  • Lovely day, isn't it?

And so on! There's a billion ways I could express this. And in French right now I'm stuck with "Il fait beau" because I don't know what else is allowed! For instance, can I say "Le temps est...[adjective]"?

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If fait beau qualifie le temps, les exemples cités renvoient à des émotions liées aux beau temps ; elles peuvent être traduites de la même manière en français sans trop de difficultés. – cl-r Aug 3 '14 at 16:32
@cl-r Pas vraiment de traductions telles quelles, chaque langue a son stock de locutions idiomatiques qui servent dans la fonction phatique du langage et qui ne sont pas toujours transposables. – Laure Aug 3 '14 at 17:04
Je pourrais faire du copier coller de ce qu'on trouve sur internet... c'est un peu "basique dans les cours de FLE (français langue étrangère).… - - - etc. etc. – Laure Aug 3 '14 at 17:09
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Yes you can say “Le temps est …”

A rough translation of “the weather” in French is “le temps” or “la météo”. So for all of your listed example, there is an equivalant in French.

  • Le temps est génial./La météo est géniale.
  • Le temps est magnifique.
  • Il fait bon dehors.
  • Tu devrais voir le temps dehors!
  • Quelle belle journée. (You shouldn't really use it because people might think you are referring to the day you're having, not the weather. But in theory, this works).

And so on…

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I would distinguish “temps” (which can mean weather) and “météo” (which usually means weather prediction). – Édouard Aug 5 '14 at 0:54
It does mean those things , but people use them this way nonetheless. – St0mX Aug 5 '14 at 20:57

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