In Minecraft there are many different weather patterns that affect the game and create many new interactions. There are 3 main types of weather: clear, rainy and thunderstorm. Weather in Minecraft often happens in cycles. However, players can also control them with weather commands in Minecraft.
Weather command in Minecraft
Weather types can be activated using the weather command in Minecraft. The syntax to change the weather in Minecraft is: /weather
In there: type is the type of weather you want to set; duration is the duration of the specified weather in seconds. This is not required, if not set, the default time is 5 minutes. The player can set the duration from 0 to 100000.
Minecraft-specific weather commands
Command to rain in Minecraft
This command will set the rainy weather in the game. If the character is in a cold biome, it will snow. The sky darkens and then it starts to rain or snow. The player cannot initiate snowfall in the plains biomes, rain in the cold and desert biomes.
Fresh weather command
After entering this command, the sky will clear blue and turn blue. All rain and snow will stop.
Storm weather command
This is the command to create a thunderstorm. If you are in a cold biome, a blizzard will spawn. The sky will darken and then thunderstorms and blizzards begin.
Weather switch command
If the current weather is rain, snow or thunderstorm, after entering this command the sky will be clear. Conversely, the current clear weather will change to rain or snow.
Command to turn off the rain forever
/gamerule doWeatherCycle false
This command will completely turn off the rain in Minecraft.
How to enable cheats to enter commands in Minecraft
To enter commands in Minecraft, not only the command to change the weather, the first thing the player needs to do is turn on the cheats in the game.
Open the Game Menu in the world you want to cheat. Press the button Open to LAN and then select Enable Cheat. Finally, click Start LAN to enable commands in the Minecraft world.
Platforms that allow entering weather commands
- Java Edition (PC/Mac)
- Pocket Edition
- Xbox One
- Nintendo Switch
- Windows 10 Edition
- Education Edition
Instructions for entering commands in Minecraft platforms
Step 1: Open the chat window
The easiest way to run a Minecraft command is in the chat window. The operation to open the chat window will depend on the version of Minecraft:
- For Java version (PC/Mac), press the . key BILLION to open the chat window.
- For Pocket Edition (PE), press chat button with chat box icon at the top of the screen.
- For Xbox One, press the xbox button D-Pad (right side) on the controller.
- For PS4, press D-Pad (right side) on the controller.
- For Nintendo Switch, press arrow button pointing right.
- For Windows 10 version, press the . key BILLION to open the chat window.
- For the Education version, press the . key BILLION to open the chat window.
Step 2: Enter the command
In this example will change the weather to clear with the command /weather clear.
Enter the command in the chat window. While typing, everyone will see the command appear in the lower left corner of the game window. Press Enter to run the command. Once the command has been entered, the weather in the world will change, becoming clear and blue.
The player will also see the message display Changing to clear weather appears in the lower left corner of the game window. This will reset the world to clear weather.
Introducing weather types in Minecraft
Here is a list of all the weathers and their effects in Minecraft.
Fresh weather is the most common weather in Minecraft. When the weather is clear, the player can see sunlight and blue clouds.
Rainy weather will reduce light levels by 12. This weather only occurs in biomes with temperatures between 0.15 and 0.95. Rain will extinguish all flames, except the one on the netherrack.
Mobs like Skeletons and Zombies can also walk during the day when it rains as rain will extinguish their flames.
Rain will help fish spawn more and irrigate farms. In the desert there will be no rain.
Thunderstorms occur in any biome and reduce the light level by 10 (but the game will treat the light level as 5). That means mobs can appear and roam around during the storm.
During thunderstorms, lightning will occasionally strike and burn anything it hits. If a villager is struck by lightning, they will turn into witches. The player can summon lightning during a thunderstorm by throwing a trident.
The average storm lasts 0.5 – 1 day, between storms there is a delay of 0.5 – 7.5 days. The player can use the bed to bypass the storm altogether.
Snowy weather occurs only in places where the temperature is less than 0.15 or at high latitudes. Snow will cover all non-transparent blocks with white.