Most of us find it difficult to start small talk, especially in a foreign language. But fear not! Here at the Freeway Academy Blog we will give you some advice and examples of how to start a conversation in English about the weather.

Imagine that you are in an elevator and your neighbour/colleague/teacher steps in, you don’t want to stand there in silence so a safe conversation topic is the weather. After greeting them you can ask:

  • Lovely day, don’t you think?
  • Looks like rain is in the forecast.
  • Did you order this beautiful weather?
  • Is it hot or cold outside?
  • Is it sunny, should I take sunglasses?
  • Is it raining outside?
  • Should I take my umbrella?
  • What’s the weather forecast?
  • What’s the weather expected to be tomorrow?
  • What’s the temperature?
  • How’s the weather?
  • What’s it like outside?

Since it’s almost summer you can use the following expressions in your answer:

Boiling / scorching: very hot
Today is a scorcher, it’s boiling! We need to go for swim.

Blue skies: clear skies that are a feature of summer days
Today it’s a perfect day, I woke up this morning to blue skies.

Heatwave: unusually hot weather
I wish I wasn’t stuck in the office during the heatwave, I want to be enjoying the outdoors.

In the shade: find refuge under the cool trees away from the sun
It’s too hot today, I will try to sit in the shade.

Not a cloud in the sky: a perfectly blue sky
It definitely won’t rain today, there is not a cloud in the sky.

Stay out of the sun: too hot to be in direct sunlight
Try to stay out of the sun at midday when it’s the strongest.

Sun-kissed: the look of spending time in the sun
I love to tan on holiday and come back looking sun-kissed.

For English people the weather is one of the most common conversation topics, therefore there are quite a lot of idioms related to the weather. Can you find the meaning of the following idioms?

  1. To break the ice
  2. As right as rain
  3. To be /feel under the weather
  4. A fair-weather friend
  5. Calm before the storm
  6. Every cloud has a silver lining
  7. It never rains but it pours
  8. It’s raining cats and dogs
  9. A storm is brewing
  10. To steal someone’s thunder
  11. Save it for a rainy day
  12. To be on cloud nine

You can leave your answers in the comments.

We’ll upload the definitions in next week’s blog post. See you in 7 days!