In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about the weather in English. Talking about the weather in English is one of the most common ways to have conversation. Do you know what it means if someone says it’s chucking it down today? If someone says it’s baking today, do you know what they are talking about? In this class, you’ll learn words, phrases and idioms that you can use to describe different kinds of weather.
British people are famous for talking about the weather. Do you know why?
It’s because in the UK we have a lot of weather. You never know what the weather will be like. You can have all four seasons in one day.
We are going to look at a typical British day, so the weather is going to be very changeable. This means that weather can change quickly and unpredictably. It can be sunny, and then 30 minutes later, it will start snowing.
1. Cold Weather
So, first we wake up and it is a bit cold. How would we describe this?
The weather forecast is the prediction for the next day or week of what the weather will be like.
The weather forecast tells you that tomorrow it will begin with a bit of frost on the ground and it will be sleeting. In the afternoon there will be flurries of snow but then it will turn into a blizzard by the evening. The snow on the floor will turn into slush. It will be below freezing for most of the day. What does this mean?
It will begin with a bit of frost on the ground.
Frost means ice crystals on a frozen surface. When it is freezing the ground may be covered in frost. Usually in winter in the UK we have very frosty mornings.
And, it will be sleeting.
Sleet is rain and snow mixed together. Sleet happens when snow melts as it falls.
In the afternoon there will be a flurry of snow.
A flurry of snow means that there will be light snow for a short time. It won’t be heavy and it usually doesn’t stay on the ground.
But, it will turn into a blizzard by the evening.
A blizzard is a storm with lots of snow and wind. Usually planes can’t take off or land when there is a heavy blizzard.
Then, the snow on the floor will turn into slush.
Slush is snow or ice that has partly melted. Usually snow will turn into slush when the weather gets warmer. Walking in slush is very unpleasant, because cold water will get into your shoes!
It will be below freezing for most of the day.
When we say it is below freezing we are saying that the temperature is below 0°C. This means that it’s freezing. So I‘ll probably want to bundle up tomorrow!
So what have we learnt today? We have learned that Britain’s weather is very changeable and hopefully you have learned how to describe weather in more detail using phrases and expressions.