How to Talk About Weather in English

One of the most basic topics of conversation is the weather. It seems like a discussion that you can't get away from!

It's an easy way to start a conversation, even with strangers. Knowing some simple weather phrases in English will help you get through "small talk" much more easily.

Here are some questions you could ask:

  • How's the weather? or What's it like out there?
  • Is it hot or cold?
  • Is it sunny?
  • Is it raining?
  • Beautiful day, isn't it?
  • What's the weather forecast? (What is the weather expected to be like?)

Some answers to describe weather:

  • Today it is warm and sunny out.
  • It’s so cold out there!
  • The sun is very bright today, you might want to take sunglasses.
  • It's not raining, but it is cloudy.
  • It is! I'm so happy the sun is shining.
  • They're saying blue skies and hot!  

Here is some weather vocabulary that you might use:

below freezing: temperature less than 0 Celcius or 32 Fahrenheit

It's supposed to be below freezing today. I should wear my gloves.

boiling hot: an idiom used to describe a very hot day

It was boiling hot, so we decided to stay inside.

breeze: a very light wind; breezy: lightly windy

Maybe you shouldn't wear a hat, it's breezy out today.

chilly: lightly cold

I always wear a scarf when it's chilly.

drizzling: to be raining very lightly

I don't think you'll need an umbrella, it's only drizzling.

overcast: a gray sky with no sun visible

The sky is overcast this morning, but the sun is supposed to come out later.

What's your favorite type of weather? Whether  you prefer the cold or the warmth, you can enjoy all types of weather when studying in Philadelphia. It's the perfect place to practice your weather vocabulary!

If you like talking about the weather, check out our weather idioms illustration. Click the link to see eight different examples of weather idioms!

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