16 Vocabulary Words You’ll Need to Talk About the Weather

Hot / Warm

When we say it’s hot, we’re referring to very high temperatures, like you find in the middle of summer when the heat can get quite uncomfortable. When it’s warm though, temperatures are fairly high but bearable.

When the weather is warm, I prefer light clothing like t-shirts.

Today is so hot that I’ve been sitting under the fan all day.

Cold / Cool

Cold refers to very low temperatures, close to freezing—the type of weather that requires a heavy coat to go outside. With cool, however, we’re talking about fairly low, spring-like temperatures when you may only need to wear a sweater out.

On cool days like today, you should be fine with a light jacket.

Don’t forget your coat; it’s cold outside.

Sunny / Rainy

Sunny weather means there’s lots of sunshine. Its opposite is rainy weather, which means lots of rain.

On sunny days, I like to take the kids to the beach.

Rainy days are the best time to stay home and read a book.

Clear / Cloudy

A clear day is bright with no signs of bad weather. A cloudy day, however, means the skies are filled with clouds with little or no sun.

Isn’t it great that we’re having such clear days this week?

It looks cloudy; you should bring an umbrella in case it rains.

Dry / Humid

When it’s dry, there’s no rain or moisture in the air. But when it’s humid, the air is moist and contains a large amount of water vapor. Humid weather usually makes us perspire (sweat) more.

Bush fires are common around here when the weather is dry.

The weather’s been so humid lately it’s impossible to go outside without breaking a sweat. >