English weather idioms: talking about the weather

Weather idioms

Talking about the weather in English: using weather idioms.

Everyone knows that discussing the weather is one of the Human Race’s most treasured past times – especially in the UK. During my visit here, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy three whole days of warm and sunny weather, but I knew it wouldn’t last. And sure enough, today the good old British grey skies and pathetic drizzle that I’ve grown up with are back in full force.
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This morning when I bumped into some old friends and acquaintances, most of our conversations were based on the weather, or at least at first. This made me realise just how important it is for speakers of English as a second language to know how to hold a conversation about the weather and use weather idioms in general English.

Below I have picked some English weather idioms to share with you.

Weather idoms

It’s raining cats and dogs: it’s raining very hard.

E.g. you’d better grab your raincoat. It’s raining cats and dogs.

A ray of hope: there is a chance that something positive may happen.

E.g. there is a ray of hope after all. It looks like we won’t need to move house after all.

Have your head in the clouds: to be unrealistic, to have ideas that are not sensible or practical.

E.g. you’ve got your head in the clouds! He doesn’t love you!

Have a face like thunder: to look very angry.

E.g. I knew my mother was angry, she had a face like thunder!

Be snowed under: to have so much to do that you find it difficult to cope with it all.

E.g. I’m snowed under at work right now because everyone is away on holiday.

Be under the weather: to feel unwell.

E.g. I’ve been feeling under the weather all week. I need some rest.

Break the ice: to say or do something to make someone relax in a social setting.

E.g. a glass of wine on a date will always help to break the ice…

Get wind of (something): to hear about something that should be a secret.

E.g. as soon as Tom got wind of the closure of the company he started looking for a new job.

It never rains but it pours: When one thing goes wrong, normally other bad things start to happen too.

E.g. my mother always says that it doesn’t rain but it pours.

Throw caution to the wind: to go crazy and forget all responsibilities or commitments.

E.g. they threw caution to the wind and booked a last minute trip across America.


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