The Sims 4 Seasons Weather
Precipitation, Storms, Hot, and Cold Weather Effects on Sims
Click to enlarge. A Sim is outside during a thunderstorm at Granite Falls in The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack.
In the Sims 4 Seasons, the weather greatly impacts your Sims' moods both in and outside the home. Blizzards, major thunderstorms, and even thundersnow can happen in-game. Each world has its own weather. During the worst parts of the winter or summer, climate control is needed. Being too hot or soaking wet can kill a Sim's mood and punish their skill gains, make friendly interactions fail more often and generally keep them down. Things can get worse, too. High temperatures with cold weather clothes on (like a sweater) can outright kill a Sim. Let's look at some of the ways to deal with the Expansion's new natural dangers.
The calendar is useful for planning around the weather in Seasons. It shows you a forecast seven days out.
Look to the bottom of your screen near the time controls to see the weather forecast for the present day. Near the phone, you can click the calendar to see the forecast 7 days out. I don't know yet how accurate it is, but I'm sure it's reliable more often than not. You may want to take these into consideration when planning outdoor events, or should you have a day off coming up and want to send your Sim fishing.
Weather By World List
Lightning lights up Granite Falls forest.
In this section, I'm going to make some generalizations about weather in each world in The Sims 4 that give you an idea what to expect if you move into that neighborhood. Naturally, deviations can occur but we can look at which worlds are most likely to get snow, rain, heat waves, and thunderstorms for example. All worlds can be sunny or cloudy, partly cloudy, etc. but certain weather conditions are given extra weight. Thunderstorms happen late spring to early fall (more likely), while blizzards occur late fall to late winter/early spring. All readings are taken from the middle of the season. You can expect a transition from Summer to Fall in late Summer. Less scorchers, more hot/warm weather for example. The weights shift as you get further into the season. Here is the list of seasonal weather, broken down by time of year for all worlds that were released before pre-Seasons - I may or may not update this one.
|Willow Creek||Cool or Warm, Cloudy or Sunny, Rainy||Heat Wave, Hot, Storms, Sunny||Cool or Warm, Sunny, Rain, Cloudy||Cold, Freezing, Snow, Blizzard|
|Oasis Springs||Hot or Warm, Sunny||Heat Wave, Sunny||Hot or Warm, Sunny||Cool, Warm, Cloudy, Sunny|
|Newcrest||Cool, Rainy||Hot, Warm, Heat Wave, Storms||Cool, Warm, Sunny, Rain||Cold, Freezing, Snow, Blizzard|
|Brindleton Bay (Cats and Dogs)||Cool, Sunny, Rain, Cloudy||Warm, Heat Wave, Rain||Cool or Cold, Cloudy, Rain||Cold, Freezing, Blizzard, Sunny|
|Forgotten Hollow (Vampires)||Cool, Cloudy, Rainy||Heat Wave, Hot, Stormy, Cloudy||Cool. Rain, Cloudy||Cold, Freezing, Snow|
|San Myshuno (City Living)||Cool or Warm, Rain, Sunny||Hot or Heat Wave, Sunny, Rain, Storms||Cool or Cold, Cloudy, Rain||Freezing, Cold, Blizzard, Cloudy|
|Windenburg (Get Together)||Cool, Cloudy, Sunny||Heat Wave, Hot, Warm, Storms||Cool, Rain, Sunny||Freezing, Cold, Blizzard, Snow|
|Granite Falls (Vacation, Outdoor Retreat)||Cool or Warm, Rain, Sunny||Hot or Heat Wave||Warm or Cool, Snow, Rain, Cloudy||Snow and Freezing, Cold, Cloudy|
|Selvadorada (Vacation, Jungle Adventure)||Warm or Hot, Rain||Heat Wave, Hot, Warm, Sunny||Sunny, Hot or Warm, Rain||Warm, Rainy|
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The thermostat and umbrella, both of which are useful when the weather is extreme.
Sim homes need climate control. Head to buy mode and go to the kitchen tab, then click the smoke detector to go to the alarms section. You can find a small thermostat to place on the wall there. When it's hot outside, set it to cool. When it's cold, set it to warm. Simple enough ,just like you do in reality. Know that Sims can do the opposite, and make the house hotter. This will absolutely kill someone if it's hot enough outside to cross the boundary from uncomfortable to extreme risk of death by heat stroke or hypothermia. You can tell which setting the thermostat is set to by the color of the ring. Know that this increases the bills of your household by at least 10%, so turn it back to normal when your Sims can tolerate the temperature.
The outdoor temperature goes from simple warm to hot and heatwave. Cold weather is cool, cold, and freezing. While it's uncomfortable to not be in proper clothing while experiencing cold or hot temperatures, it is potentially deadly to experience it with freezing or heatwave. Your Sims can be uncomfortable wearing warm clothing (sweaters/jackets) with it freezing but it's not as likely to kill them. In my testing, wearing default clothing that is not flagged as protective against heat/cold is as bad as wearing something specifically designed for the opposite type of weather. You must wear the appropriate outfit to avoid lethal heat or freezing..
Sims who are overheating or freezing and on the verge of death should let you know very well, and you should also get notifications. Sims begin to turn blue or sweat profusely. They also get a +99 uncomfortable moodlet if the experience is going to be lethal. It seems like you have a couple of hours from there, at most, so seek shelter straight away. Even in a home without a thermostat, it's better than being exposed. You need the thermostat to prevent Sims from being uncomfortable in their own homes.
Rain and Thunderstorms
Using an umbrella is a no-brainer. Finding them is a little annoying. They're in misc appliances. I suggest you simply search for umbrella in the text box.
The first thing you should know about dealing with rain is that you can purchase an umbrella rack. Where is it? In the misc appliances section of buy mode. Why? I have no idea. You can also search 'Umbrella' to find the stand. Once you have one, your Sim will use it automatically when they go outside. I think that once it's equipped, you'll have it on you forever so long as you don't click the stand and pick 'put away umbrella'. You can close an umbrella by clicking your Sim, though they may sometimes (hopefully) do it on their own.
Thunderstorms can be deadly as well as stressful. Using an umbrella will not protect you, but so far doesn't seem to make you a larger target. The umbrella is also likely to break in a heavy thunderstorm. Being indoors is the only real protection, so I'd advise you to do so unless you like your Sims being extremely stressed and want to roll the dice on if the lightning should kill them.
Blizzards and Snow
Snow can be fun, and isn't a big deal so long as Sims are in warm clothing and it's not freezing. Blizzard conditions however, are like strong thunderstorms. There's nothing you can do to protect your Sim from being extremely uncomfortable. Temperature may be separate from blizzard conditions but it appears blizzards are always freezing.
Seasons features a weather machine that allows Sims to control the weather and change the season. Click to learn more.
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