11 GREAT ENGLISH WEATHER IDIOMS AND METAPHORS


English Idioms For Weather

English Weather Idioms and Metaphors

English weather idioms and metaphors
Weather metaphors and idioms are extremely useful to make your English more natural

English weather idioms and metaphors are often used to describe events and change. From darkness to light, and from calm to stormy, weather metaphors give added detail to language. Use weather similes and metaphors in writing and in conversation, and take your English to a new level!

So don’t take a rain check on these English weather idioms and metaphors, because they will help you appear bright in your new language. Don’t let new challenges cloud your judgement, and don’t be gloomy, because the more you use these metaphors the more it will dawn on you how convenient they are! Idioms are always useful.

Just take a look at these metaphors of weather: they’ll be a breath of fresh air. Idioms and metaphors are an important part of English, and using them will make you a better and more confident speaker. Below, we will see many English weather idioms and metaphors with examples, and questions  to answer. Challenge your English language ability! And if you want to find some funny metaphors for hot weather, check out later in this article!

 

English weather idioms and metaphors in this article:

Weather can frame how we feel and how we speak
Weather can frame how we feel and how we speak
  • a breath of fresh air
  • bright
  • cloud someone’s judgement
  • dawn
  • gloomy
  • perfect storm
  • stormy
  • storm out
  • steal someone’s thunder
  • rain check
  • windfall
  • as cold as…
  • as hot as…
  • colder than…
  • hotter than…
  • and more!

1. a breath of fresh air

English weather idioms and metaphors: A breath of fresh air
A breath of fresh air – a refreshing change

a breath of fresh air:     a refreshing change

Example 1:

“After carrying my old camera around for 10 years, this new one has been a breath of fresh air. It has really inspired my photography all over again.”

Example 2:

The new game modes add a new dimension of gameplay to Resident Evil, with two person puzzles and gameplay being a breath of fresh air.

Example 3:

“Seriously, your books are wonderful. They’re so original, and a breath of fresh air in the children’s book world.”

Questions:

What has been a breath of fresh air in your life recently?

In your lifetime, what new technology has been a breath of fresh air?

Would it be a breath of fresh air if you started a new job, or would you regret it?

English weather idioms and metaphors: Common forms of a breath of fresh air

be + a breath of fresh air                                              

“My new boss is a breath of fresh air. He is so much more patient than my old boss.”

“They had a very friendly team and didn’t pressure their customers, which was a breath of fresh air. I hated my old job.”

2. Bright


woman on beach

bright:                                                 

intelligent, clever

cheerful and lively

 to have a bright future:                

to have excellent future prospects

 

Example 1:

“Her daughter is so bright: she’s barely four years old and already reading by herself!”

Example 2:

University is for many unaffordable and no longer an assurance of good jobs and a bright future.

Example 3:

“If you are bright enough to get in a top university on a scholarship, you’ll have a bright future ahead of you.”

Example 4: 

He is considered a gifted commander by his fellow officers and appears to have a bright future ahead of him.”

Example 5:

“The 25-year-old striker appeared to have a bright future ahead of him in Europe before China came calling in 2015.”

3. Cloud someone’s judgement

English weather idioms and metaphors: cloud your judgement
To cloud someone’s judgement: to make someone’s judgement wrong or unclear

to cloud <someone’s> judgement:          

cause someone’s thinking to be unclear

make someone illogical

preventing someone from thinking rationally

clouded judgement:                                       

impaired judgement

difficulty in making the correct decision

Example 1:

“His wife suspects an improper dosage of his anxiety medication clouded his judgment, causing him to make financial decisions he should not have.”

Example 2:

Education Minister Hanson’s deep distrust of traditional public schools clouded his judgement and understanding of even basic facts, causing him to make many errors in curriculum policy.

Example 3:

“One look at my financial statements told him that my ignorance and arrogance had clouded my judgement. I eventually liquidated the business.”

Questions:

 When was the last time emotion clouded your judgement and you made a bad decision?

 Do you think people who commit crimes when alcohol has clouded their judgement are equally guilty as if they had been sober?

Are you usually a rational person? What factors can cloud your judgement?

  • Judgement may be spelt judgment (USA) or Judgement (UK).

4. Dawn

To dawn (on someone)
To dawn on: to realise something

to dawn on:                                       

realise/comprehend suddenly

understanding for the first time

Example 1:

“I looked at the listing for the truck, and when I did, it suddenly dawned on me that the buyer’s username was very familiar.”

Example 2:

Retailers are now seeing price wars across the globe. It’s finally beginning to dawn on people that there has been no economic recovery.

Example 3:

The necromancers let out a cold laugh as comprehension dawned on the paladin’s face.

Questions:

Have you ever had an argument, only for it to dawn on you later that you were wrong?

What have you been halfway through doing before it dawned on you that it was a stupid idea?

Have you liked or respected someone, before it dawned on you that they were a bad person?

English weather idioms and metaphors: Common forms of dawn

dawn on <someone’s> face                                        

You could see the realization that he was wrong dawn on his face.”

“Understanding dawned on her face when she saw the ambulance outside her home.”

dawning realization (noun phrase)

The prisoner looked at the machines, and dawning realization was clear on his face.

How are you doing so far? Don’t rush, but don’t give up. Idioms are important!

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5. Gloomy

Gloomy
English weather idioms and metaphors: gloomy – depressing or unfavourable

gloomy:                                                              

depressed, depressing

pessimistic, unfavourable

Example 1:

“My friends must have noticed I was feeling gloomy, because the next day they took me for dinner at my favorite restaurant.”

Example 2:

The study reveals significant challenges and results in a gloomy report that it is prohibitively expensive and difficult to carry out.

Example 3:

With such a dark and gloomy history, it is no wonder many believe this island to be extremely haunted.

Questions:

 What cheers you up when you are feeling gloomy?

What movie or book leaves you feeling gloomy?

 Do you feel gloomy or optimistic about your country’s future?

English weather idioms and metaphors: Common forms of gloomy

One common English idiomatic phrase is “gloomy outlook”. Something with a gloomy outlook has a future that looks unfavorable

Example 1:

The outlook is gloomy for Bitcoin this year, with value plummeting.

Example 2:

There’s a gloomy outlook for the economies of many nations in the near future.

6. Perfect storm

Perfect storm

a perfect storm:               

when a number of things happen at the same time to cause a serious problem

When many things go wrong at the same time

Example 1:

High inventory, low delivery costs, and low interest rates have all created the perfect storm for strong September sales of our product.

Example 2:

A perfect storm of recession, rising unemployment, and public trauma has led to an increasingly gloomy outlook for the nation.

Example 3:

The ‘Internet of Things’ is the perfect storm of hardware, software and data that will make it extremely difficult to protect your private information.

Questions:

 Have you ever had to face a perfect storm of family and work problems? How did you handle this?

What perfect storm of events have changed human history?

Do you think there may be a perfect storm of environmental problems that humanity will be unable to solve?

7. Steal someone’s thunder

Steal someone's thunder

to steal someone’s thunder:       

steal someone’s idea

take credit for something another person did

receive praise or attention at the expense of someone else

Example 1:

“I love the Oprah show, but dude! They totally stole my thunder with their one-week vegan challenge. Now my month-long vegetarian challenge seems like a copy.”

Example 2:

“I would be a little annoyed if my younger sister tried to steal my thunder by going into labor at the exact same time I did! I’m scared, even if this is my second child.”

Example 3:

America was slowed in the Philippines for several months and faced the real danger of having the Soviets steal their thunder with continued victories over Japanese forces in China and Korea.

Questions:

Have you ever upset someone by stealing their thunder and telling others their good news? Has it ever happened to you?

Do you have a talented sibling who was always stealing your thunder when you were a child?

When was the last time someone stole your thunder and claimed credit for something you had done?

8. Stormy

Stormy

stormy:                                               

involving strong arguments and fighting

prone to sudden anger

Example 1:

Heathcliff is the dark, stormy personality at the heart of the novel Wuthering Heights.

Example 2:

The movie also deals with the insecurity of his best friend George as he enters into a stormy relationship with Karla.

Example 3:

On the evening of April 29, Chinese students in Paris held a very stormy meeting in a hall in the Rue Danton. Speaker after speaker denounced the West and called for an immediate end to interference in Hong Kong.

Questions:

Have you ever been in a stormy meeting, full of anger and shouting? What was the reason?

Have you ever found yourself in a stormy relationship? What stories can you share?

Do you have a peaceful or a stormy personality?

9. Storm out

to storm out:                                     

leave somewhere angrily

to exit while noticeably annoyed

Example 1:

Because of the constant arguing between Lennon and McCartney, Harrison “quit the band” and stormed out of the studio. He was eventually convinced to return a few days later.

Example 2:

After the wrestling match, Jay Lethal didn’t celebrate. He stormed out of the ring angry that the match ever took place.

Example 3:

Kicking his chair to the ground Nakayama began to storm out, but before he left the room, he turned back to Kalinske and threw his ID card at him.

Questions:

When was the last time you stormed out of a room or meeting?

What celebrities have stormed out of interviews, and why did they do so?

Who was the last person to storm out on you?

English weather idioms and metaphors: Common forms of storm out

In English, we often use the idiom “to storm out on” to talk about when someone walks out on someone because they are angry. For example:

Example 1:

“I was shocked when Scott stormed out on the boss halfway through their meeting!”

Example 2:

“Tyga was not at all happy and stormed out on the members of the publication while muttering ‘end of interview.’”

10. Take a rain check

two girls under the rain
English weather idioms and metaphors: take a rain check

to take a rain check:                       

postpone an appointment or plan

refuse an offer now while planning to try again later

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You can take a rain check to cancel a plan politely, with the understanding that it will be rearranged at a later date. The phrase also means that you do not want to reschedule now, so can be used to cancel plans without much offense.

Example 1:

“I’d love to go for dinner, but I can’t tonight. Can I take a rain check and get back to you?”

Example 2:

“Leo, your friends will understand if you need to take a rain check on the 5th. Sometimes you just need to go home early and get some rest.”

Example 3:

“If you’ve made plans for Saturday September 24th you may want to take a rain check on them immediately. Weddings, bar mitzvahs, ball games, cancel them all.”

Questions:

Have you had to take a rain check on any plans with your friends recently? Why?

Have you ever implied you wanted to take a rain check on some plans, but actually you had no intention of rescheduling them?

What do want to take a rain check on in the near future, but are afraid of causing offence?

English weather idioms and metaphors: Common forms of take a rain check

In English, we often say we will “take a rain check on” an event. This means to cancel or postpone an appointment.

Example 1:

“Sorry, but I’ll need to take a rain check on our meeting tomorrow. I need to be in the office all day.”

Example 2:

“We were going to meet at one, but she suddenly calls me at 12.30 and says she needs to take a rain check on our date. I feel like she stood me up.”

11. Windfall

a windfall:
windfall

a large amount of money received unexpectedly

a large amount of a positive thing received unexpectedly

Example 1:

“Remember, a tax refund is not a windfall or free money from the government. It’s your money!”

Example 2:

Selling your home for a profit can mean a substantial windfall. But in the meantime, while you’re living there, that gain is locked and unusable.

Example 3:

The food movement campaigns at the turn of the twenty-first century delivered a windfall of publicity and investment in the region’s agricultural sector.

Questions:

If a family member won the lottery would you expect them to share the windfall?

Do you know any stories of lottery winners who, when faced with the windfall, go crazy with their spending and are broke and destitute a few years later?

How would you invest a sudden windfall of cash?

English weather idioms and metaphors: Common collocations of windfall

In English, people can experience a sudden windfall. This means they unexpectedly receive a lot of money.

Example 1:

“The sudden windfall from the rise in the value of my shares has been a real help.”

Example 2:

“And with no more employment income, barring a sizeable inheritance or a sudden windfall, the money you have now is all you can rely on.”

Funny metaphors for hot weather

Did you know you can make jokes in English about the weather, simply by using weather similes and metaphors? Here, let’s look at a couple of simple patterns to help you use similes and metaphors fluently!

1: As hot as…

Similes and metaphors for hot weather
Hotter than a highway to hell

If the weather is hot, it is extremely common for English speakers to use the phrase “it’s as hot as…” to describe the heat. Often, these weather similes are funny! For example:

“It’s as hot as hell outside!”

“Today is as hot as an oven out there!”

“We wanted to go out, but it was as hot as balls so we stayed inside under the air conditioning!”

The final example, “hot as balls,” is very popular these days but be careful! It is also very casual, maybe vulgar, and you shouldn’t use it in a professional setting!

Remember, you can create your own versions. Make a personalised version of “it’s hot as…”, using something you and your friends know well as the example.

2: It’s hotter than…

Similes and metaphors for weather
As hot as a Carolina Reaper

Another version of weather similes and metaphors for hot weather is the phrase “it’s hotter than…” You can use this phrase similarly to the phrase above. For example:

“It’s hotter than hell today.”

“It’s hotter than Satan’s armpit here.”

“The weather was hotter than a Carolina Reaper. I nearly passed out!”

Again, you probably noticed that these sayings are very casual. There are hundreds of different versions all around the English-speaking world, so don’t be afraid to create your own! 

Funny metaphors for cold weather

Just like with hot weather, you can create your own cold weather similes and metaphors!

1: As cold as…

Just like above, if the weather is cold it is extremely common for English speakers to use the phrase “it’s as cold as…” to describe the chill. Again, these weather similes are often funny! For example:

“It’s as cold as my mother-in-law’s heart outside!”

“Today is as cold as an icebox out there!”

“We wanted to go out, but it was as cold as a polar bear’s fridge so we stayed inside by the heater!”

Remember, you can create your own versions. Make a personalised version of “it’s as cold as…”, using something you and your friends know well as the example.

2: It’s colder than…

Another version of weather similes and metaphors for hot weather is the phrase “it’s colder than…” You can use this phrase just like with “it’s hotter than” above. For example:

“It’s colder than a banker’s heart today.”

“It’s colder than a Siberian winter here.”

“The room was colder than a Norwegian swimming pool. I nearly cried!”

Again, you probably noticed that these sayings are very casual. There are hundreds of different versions all around the English-speaking world, so don’t be afraid to create your own! 

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Create your own English weather idioms and metaphors!

Now it’s your turn! Can you make your own idioms and metaphors using weather?

  1. In winter, my hometown is as cold as…
  2. In summer, my hometown is as hot as…
  3. Yesterday I couldn’t study because the AC was broken in my classroom. It was hotter than
  4. I love skiing, but there was no way I wanted to go out yesterday. It was colder than…

 

Idioms and metaphors are everywhere in English. Learn as many as you can!

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