Talking About the Weather in English

(Last Updated On: November 30, 2017)


After reading this post you will learn how to describe a weather condition in English. You will learn all the grammar and vocabularies to describe any kind of weather in English. We often use simple present tense to talk about the weather. Sometimes we might need to use past tense also, to talk about climate.

In this post, you will learn words and phrases that you can use to describe different kinds of weather in different parts of your country. If you know all the vocabularies to explain whether you could easily answer all the question-related weather. All these vocabularies are systematically arranged to understand easily.

Sometimes the weather is going to change quickly and unpredictable. It can be sunny or it can be snowing. Climate is a good topic to know about. English people tend to speak about this topic a lot, especially as a means of small talk to get the conversation started.

Talking about cold weather.

If someone asks you what’s the weather like? you could say it’s very cloudy. It’s very windy, or its snowing. You could even answer as It’s freezing, it’s drizzling. In this post, we will learn similar vocabularies to talk about the weather in English. Example, “cloudy and damp further north and west, with fog patches slow to clear”. Mainly cloudy with hill fog.


Words related to freezing or cold:

Let’s start with words which are connected to freezing cold in one way or another. What is mean by It’s a bit chilly? it means a little bit cold. Not very cold. Just a little cold. Autumn morning is often chilly. In chilly weather, you might want a jacket, but not necessary. If you say I’m chilly it doesn’t mean I’m freezing. Let’s see how we could use the word chilly more natural way.

The weather will be pretty good this month overall. Temperatures won’t be constant, it will be up and down, but most of the time we will be cold. It was pretty nice out despite a light cool down. However, today we will be chilly. That’s the pattern. One warm day. Then a chilly day. Then again warm day. What about the night, tonight we will have mostly clear skies.  Temps will fall to the 25s with light northeast winds.  We will start chilly, but we will end up warm.  We will have partly sunny skies tomorrow with breezy northeast winds.

Now, let’s check frost. Frost is the layer of thin which you get on the glass or somewhere else when it’s been below freezing. In that case, you get a layer of frost on the ground or on the tops of houses. Frosty is the adjective of frost. Frost is the layer of ice. Dew almost looks like frost, but they are entirely different. Dew is the rain which appears on the glass in the morning. It’s the water which you see on the grass and car glass. Example, “cold and frosty morning with light winds and plenty of sunshine”. Now let’s see sleet. Sleet is the mixture of snow and rain. It is somewhere in between of rain and frost.

Snowmelt is when its turn from snowflakes into the water. Ice thaws same as that of snow melt, in which water move from slid state to liquid. The ground is usually hard when it’s frozen. when it thaws out it goes soft again. Blizzard is a snowstorm. What if it’s very cold. You could say it’s freezing. if it’s very cold you could say it’s freezing.

If the weather is so cold, then you probably will need to bundle up. Bundle up means to wear a layer of clothing to keep yourself warm. Bundle up or you’ll catch a death, a common phrase used by moms.

What is meant by drizzling? Drizzling means raining lightly. It’s not heavy rain, It’s just light rain. If the rain is even lighter than drizzling you could say it’s spitting. You could say isn’t really raining. If it’s really heavy rain, then you could say it is chucking it down. That means it’s raining a lot.
and it’s raining heavily. “It’s raining” meaning that a person is telling someone that it is raining.

We got soaked by the rain, means my clothes are very wet because of the rain and the opposite is damp, slightly wet. What about cloudy? It is overcast by clouds. a cloudy sky, having little or no sunshine: A cloudy but rainless day.

Other Important Climate Vocabularies:

What is mean by overcast? It means that the clouds are covering the sky. You cannot see the sun. What about windy. A windy day, exposed to wind, swept by strong or frequent winds. What is mean by it is foggy? Fog consists of visible cloud water droplets suspended in the air at or near the Earth’s surface. What is mean by stormy? The word stormy describes weather conditions like thunder, lightning, dark clouds, wind, and pelting rain.

When it is dark overhead you are saying that the clouds are very black. Most likely this is going to rain soon. What is meant by “I can see lightning”. Lightning is the large electric flash of light. According to wiki lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge that occurs during a thunderstorm. Often you could hear a noise after lightning, called the thunder.It causes by lightning.

Vocabularies, Sunny day, Flood, moisture


What is mean by “it’s sunny”. It means the day is the weather is very clear and bright. There isn’t a cloud in the sky. An arid climate is a dry climate. It is another word for dry. And if there is no rain for few months, it is called a drought. Humidity is the noun of humid, is the amount of water in the air. Finally flood. If it is flooded, it means full of water as shown in the image. An example is “Friday is set to start off nice and sunny”.

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