Talking About the Weather: Cold

This is day two of my multi-post series on talking about weather. The temperature (how hot or cold a day is) makes a very large difference in how you describe the weather to someone. Temperature can be understood by degrees celsius or degrees fahrenheit. Today, I’ll be sharing different ways to talk about cold weather.


Cold


This is an adjective that very generally (not much detail) describes the temperature of the day. If you want to be more specific, and still use the word cold, you can always add words like ‘very,’ ‘really,’ or ‘super,’ before the word cold. This will give your description a little more detail.

– “It’s really cold outside today, you’d better wear a jacket.”

– “It’s too cold to go for a walk.”

– “The water is very cold!”

– “I’m so cold!”


Cool


Cool, when talking about the weather, is used to say that the temperature is not cold, but also not warm. I think of weather being cool during the spring and autumn seasons.

– “It’s a bit cool out, but I’m not brining my jacket.”

– “It’s cooler today than it was yesterday.” (Past tense cool = cooler)

– “I like cool weather more than I like hot weather.”


Chilly


This adjective describes a kind of weather that is a lower temperature than cool, but not as low as cold. This might sound a little confusing. Here are some examples:

– “I hate when the weather gets chilly.” (Suggests winter is approaching)

– “It’s chillier today than it was yesterday.” (Chillier suggests a lower temperature)

– “Brr! It’s so chilly out!”


Brisk


Brisk is very similar to chilly but might also suggest there is a cold wind. Brisk can describe both the wind and the temperature of the air.

– “There’s a brisk wind out of the west.” (Suggests the wind itself is very cold)

– “It’s a bit brisk out so you’ll probably want a jacket.”

– “I think brisk would best describe the day—chilly and windy.”


Freezing


‘Freezing’ suggests that the temperature is below 0°C or below 32°F. These temperatures are the point where water turns to ice or rain turns to snow. This adjective is much more specific that just saying it’s cold and can be used in several different situations. Let’s take a look:

– “It’s freezing out!” (In this sentence the temperature may actually be below freezing, or the person speaking may be exaggerating.)

– “It’s Freezing cold out!” (The sentence may be said with or without the word cold.)

– “The water is freezing!” (This sentence could be used when swimming. However, this is almost always an exaggeration as most people don’t try to swim in water that is below 0°C)


Frigid


This word suggests that the temperature is extremely cold. The temperature may be below freezing. I really like this word because it is not very common, but when used, it sounds as though you have a very high vocabulary.

– “It’s frigid out there!”

– “It’s frigid cold.”

– “The water is frigid!”


​Here are some more less common words and phrases to keep in mind:

Crisp- Describes a cold and dry day

Bleak- A dull, cold, colorless day

Biting- Describes a freezing cold wind and temperature that almost hurts

Bitter- Another word to describe cold. Very similarly used to ‘freezing.’

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