How To Talk About The Weather In English For Every Season
Talking about the weather in English is a very common form of small talk. Let’s be real, people talk about the weather in all languages, as a friendly and appropriate way to initiate a new conversation with a friend, colleague or even stranger! To be able to sound fluent in English, you need to know how to start talking about the weather in English and also, how to respond to questions about the weather in English, as you will definitely be in a situation where this vocabulary will come in handy!
Phrases and Vocabulary About the Weather in English For Each Season
“It’s freezing outside”
Similar to saying “It is cold outside”, English speakers use this term rather generally, even if there is no snow or ice outside. It simply means that it feels very cold outside.
Example: Wow it’s freezing outside! Let’s take a taxi instead of walking.
“It’s chilly out there”
Used almost as a warning to others, this phrase would be used if you are trying to let someone know to dress warm and be prepared.
Example: It’s chilly out there, make sure you wear your jacket!
This means to dress warmly in layers because it is very cold outside.
Example: Make sure to bundle up! It’s supposed to snow tonight.
This is an expression, originally used for when the weather drops below 0 degrees celsius. You can add a number in front of this expression to express how many degrees below 0 it is outside.
Example: It’s twenty below zero today. I haven’t seen this kind of weather since when I used to live in Canada!
“In the dead of winter”
Meaning in the middle of the winter season, typically when the weather is the coldest.
Example: Every year in the dead of winter, we leave for a family vacation.
The feelings of sadness or depression that comes with long cold winters.
Example: It feels like I haven’t seen the sun in weeks. I’ve got the winter blues.
The term drizzling refers to when it is raining very lightly, often used to express that it is not a big deal.
Example: Come on! It’s only drizzling! We should still go to the party.
Means completely wet.
Example: I left my clothes outside to dry but forgot it was going to rain later! Now they’re all soaked.
“Caught in a downpour”
When you are unexpectedly caught in a heavy rainfall that you did not expect. This often happens very suddenly while you are already outside.
Example: I got caught in a downpour last night and had to walk home completely soaked.
“Spring is in full bloom”
This means that spring has officially started. The flowers are blooming (growing) and it visibly looks like it is spring outside.
Example: I love when spring is in full bloom! The smell of fresh flowers and grass makes me happy.
“Rain or Shine”
Usually referring to an event that will continue regardless if it rains or if it is sunny outside.
Example: Our business event is this Saturday, rain or shine!
“It’s a scorcher”
A very hot day.
Example: It’s a scorcher out there. I’m staying inside all day.
An unusually hot day or period of days.
Example: None of us were expecting this heatwave in September!
“Not a cloud in the sky”
An expression to describe a perfect summer day with blue skies.
Example: There’s not a cloud in the sky today. Life is good.
After you’ve been out in the sun for a little while. You may have a bit of a tan or a red burn. It is clear you went into the sun.
Example: I love having a sunkissed look after coming back from holidays!
“It’s boiling today”
It is very hot outside.
Example: It’s boiling today. Even my dog wanted to stay inside!
When the weather is beginning to feel cool and fresh.
Example: It’s feeling like a crisp autumn day.
“A Brisk day”
When the weather is a little on the chilly side, but it is not too bad. You would only need to wear a light jacket.
Example: I love going for a run outside on a brisk day.
When the weather gets cool suddenly, usually in the evenings.
Example: It’s starting to feel rather nippy outside.
Questions To Ask About The Weather In English
It’s just as important to be able to ask questions about the weather in English as it is to be able to answer them. Generally, questions about the weather in English are very simple and easy to answer. You do not need a high level of English vocabulary when talking about the weather. Don’t be afraid to get personal and add your own twist to your answers. Take a look at the most common questions relating to the weather in English and how to answer them!
“How’s the weather today?”
Answer: It’s not bad actually! Just a little windy.
Answer: It’s great! Beautiful blue skies.
“What’s it like out there?”
Answer: Brutal! Make sure to bundle up, it’s freezing out there.
Answer: Oh, it’s great! I’m going for a walk later.
“What’s the forecast like for tomorrow?”
Answer: Says it’s going to rain. Let’s see!
Answer: It should be quite nice tomorrow. The forecast calls for sunny weather.
“Isn’t it a beauty today?”
Answer: Oh yeah! It’s great outside.
Answer: Totally! I can’t wait to get off work.
“Can you believe this weather!?”
Answer: I know right! It’s supposed to be spring but it’s still freezing.
Answer: I know! We’re so lucky!
“Enjoying the weather?”
Answer: Oh I love it!
Answer: Not at all! I hate the snow.
“How’s the weather where you are?”
Answer: Here it’s beautiful! It’s warm every day of the year.
Answer: It’s been raining a lot lately. How about for you?
Hopefully, these questions and answers have you feeling better prepared to engage in a conversation about the weather in English with a friend or stranger in the near future. As I mentioned, you do not need to follow these exact answers. These are simply general ideas of how you can answer them but don’t be afraid to show your own personality, even when speaking about something as simple as the weather in English!
If you are the type of person who likes to tell jokes, why not make a joke about how amazing the weather is outside (meanwhile there’s a terrible snow blizzard). Humour and confidence can go a long way when it comes to making small-talk with others, especially strangers. I hope this blog post helped you out and feel free to check out my other posts if you’re looking for more English conversation and vocabulary tips!