What words can I use in English to describe hot weather?
12th August 2022
In the UK, like many other parts of the world, we have been experiencing a much hotter than usual summer. Whilst I am sitting here boiling hot, it strikes me how many words we have in English to describe this kind of weather; strange when you think about it as the UK is a country famed for its cold wet weather. It’s worth noting that many of these words are also used in connection with food and drink preparation:
- sizzling (imagine sausages on a barbecue)
- roasting (a joint of beef in the oven)
- baking (a cake or biscuits in the oven)
- boiling (water at 100 degrees centigrade)
- searing (a tuna steak in a frying pan)
- sticky (sticky toffee pudding)
- *clammy (a clam is an edible type of shellfish) (*when we refer to the weather, it would also mean it is humid)
- like an oven/ovenlike
Other words that are frequently used include:
- steaming (especially if it is humid)
Does your language have similar words to describe the temperature?