Weather expressions – Let’s use English to talk about the weather!

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Ready for hot weather?

Hello all! Today we’re talking weather idioms. It’s that time of year when the humidity is rising and the heat is gradually becoming unbearable… Both in Japanese and British culture, we like to break the ice or make small talk by making a few comments about the weather. ‘It’s cold / it’s hot’ is fine of course, but let’s go beyond the basics and look at a few expressions you can use for a bit of variety.

Degrees of hotness

Mild –> Balmy –> Warm –> Hot –> Scorching (very hot)

Colloquial expressions

Try using these expressions to describe a very hot day:

It’s scorching / it’s a scorcher today

It’s boiling

It’s baking

It’s roasting

It’s sweltering

It’s so hot you could fry an egg on the pavement!


A heatwave is a period of time (a few days or a few weeks) when the weather is much hotter than usual.


Hot and humid – the Japanese summer

To describe hot and humid weather, you can say:

It’s muggy (unpleasantly hot and humid)

It’s sticky


When it’s hot indoors too

It’s like a sauna in here!

Can we open the windows? It’s a bit close in here (= unpleasantly warm and difficult to breathe)


So don’t forget your sunscreen to avoid getting sunburnt!


Happy summer ahead!

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