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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 also 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.
Some questions you might hear
- Is it hot or cold?
- Is it sunny, should I take sunglasses?
- Is it raining outside?
- Should I take my umbrella?
- What's the weather forecast?
- What’s the weather expected to be tomorrow?
- What’s the temperature?
- How’s the weather?
- What’s it like outside?
No matter what season it is, there are a handful of standard words you would naturally use to describe the weather outside. Perhaps it’s sunny, bright, partly-cloudy, overcast, windy or raining.
However, there are so many more interesting ways to describe the different seasons. So, let’s take a look at season-specific vocabulary.
Spring is definitely welcome by all. It’s when everything reawakens after a cold winter. The ice melts, the flowers start to bloom, and the trees come alive. Many people take this opportunity to spring clean after a winter spent indoors, throwing open their windows and doors for a bit of cool fresh air.
Bloom: when plants and flowers start to flourish
The tulips are always the first spring flowers to bloom.
Breeze: a gentle wind
There is a fresh breeze this afternoon, a relief from the howling winter winds.
Bright: sunnier and lighter
Since the clocks have been turned back the days are so bright, it’s lovely!
Drizzle: light rain
Some days there is a light drizzle, but you don’t need an umbrella.
Fresh: not hot but not cold
It’s a perfect day for a walk outside, the air is so fresh.
Puddles: when water pools after rain
After heavy rains the park is full of kids jumping in the puddles.
Thaw: when the warm sun begins to melt the ice of winter
My favorite season is spring when everything outside begins to thaw and comes to life again.
Then comes summer: the temperature increases, the sun becomes brighter and the days become lazy and long. The outdoor season has begun, and life is definitely easier when the weather is good.
Boiling / scorching: very hot
Today is a scorcher, it’s boiling! We need to swim.
Blue skies: clear skies that are a feature of summer days
I woke up this morning to blue skies, what a perfect day.
Heatwave: unusually hot weather
I wish I wasn’t stuck in the office during the heatwave, I want to be enjoying the outdoors.
In the shade: find refuge under the cool trees away from the sun
It’s too hot today, let’s a find a spot to sit in the shade.
Not a cloud in the sky: a perfectly blue sky
It definitely won’t rain today, there is not a cloud in the sky.
Stay out of the sun: too hot to be in direct sunlight
Try to stay out of the sun at midday when it’s the strongest.
Sun-kissed: the look of spending time in the sun
I love to tan on holiday and come back looking sun-kissed.
After a hopefully long, hot summer autumn is up next. Jumpers and jerseys come out, meals get warmer and leaves turn yellow and red. It’s time to get cozy!
Bundle up: layer up your clothing to keep warm
It’s forecast to be cold tomorrow so make sure you bundle up.
Crisp: cool and fresh
Who doesn’t love a bright crisp autumn day.
Foggy: a thick cloud that restricts visibility
It was difficult to see far this morning as it was so foggy.
Getting colder: warm weather is turning cooler
I can feel the evening are getting colder.
Muddy: covered in mud
It’s been raining a lot; the park is too muddy to walk in.
Rustle of leaves: the sound of dry leaves
The leaves rustled in a gust of wind.
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And then just like that it’s winter. Dark evenings and snowy days are frequent, and people spend most of their time indoors shielded from the harsh elements outside.
Below zero / bitter cold: freezing cold
I heard this weekend is going to be bitterly cold, I think it’s better we stay indoors.
Cold front: particularly gloomy weather approaching
Oh no! A cold front is coming next week, it’s going to be freezing.
Howling winds: strong winds
The sound of the howling winds woke me up in the middle of the night.
Icy: very cold
The wind this evening feels so icy cold.
In the dead of winter: in the middle of the season when it's very cold
We’ve decided to escape the dead of winter and travel to a sunny destination.
Toasty: warm and cosy
Tonight, I’m spending a toasty evening in front of the television.
Winter blues: feeling gloomy during the season
The long dark nights give me the winter blues.