How to talk about the weather in English

How to talk about the weather in English

Aha, the weather, a British person’s favourite subject 😉
It is actually true that we do comment on the weather quite a lot! It’s a useful set of English vocabulary for you to learn because (a) the weather is very changeable here and (b) it’s a great way to start a conversation!

Here are 5 natural phrases you can use to talk about the weather:

Make sure you wrap up warm. It’s absolutely freezing out there. Apparently it might even snow later!

I’d take a jacket or cardigan if I were you. It’s a bit chilly today and quite windy.

Don’t forget your umbrella. There’s just a bit of drizzle at the moment but it’s forecast to tip it down later!

What a gorgeous day! It’s so nice to have some sunshine. It feels like spring is on its way.

Puh, It’s absolutely boiling outside. Make sure you put your suncream on today!

So you see, no mention of raining cats and dogs 😉

And here is a way to get a conversation going on the bus:

on the bus manki kim

Ooh, it’s a bit nippy today, isn’t it?

Yeah. They said it was going to be warm so I put sandals on but there’s definitely a chill in the air.

I know, I don’t even bother checking the forecast these days. It’s usually wrong.

The BBC app isn’t bad actually but you can’t fully rely on it.

Oh, I love the BBC. Have you seen David Attenborough’s new program?

(and so on……See how you can get a conversation going just by mentioning the weather?!)

Do you know what the vocabulary in bold means? Check your dictionaries and then add any useful phrases to your notebook.

TEST YOURSELF –  Can you remember the useful phrases? Try to fill in the gaps below:

M__________ sure you w_________ u_________ w_________
It’s a bit c_________ today and quite w_________.
a bit of d_________
it’s f_________ to t_________ it d_________ later!
What a g_________ day!
It feels l_________ spring is on its w_________
It’s a_________ b_________ outside!
it’s a b_________ n_________ today
there’s definitely a c_________ in the a_________.

What about in your countries? Is the weather a common small talk topic? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

12 thoughts on “How to talk about the weather in English

    1. I’m so happy to hear that Shufang Liu! Thank you for your comment 🙂

    1. My pleasure Bruna! I’m pleased these expressions are useful for you!

    1. Great! Thanks for taking the time to comment, it’s always appreciated 🙂

    1. I’m glad you find it useful. Thanks for the lovely feedback Irina 🙂

    1. You’re welcome Lou. Thank you for the feedback 🙂

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