Why do Brits like talking about the weather?

This article about Brits and the weather was updated by the Great British Mag content team on 3 September, 2019

The weather is a favourite topic of conversation between Brits, so it’s not surprising we have so many words and phrases to describe the conditions outside.

It’s not unusual for people when they first meet to chat about the weather, as it’s a safe conversation that doesn’t require either party to ask any personal questions about one another.

As the weather in Britain is changeable at the drop of a hat, there’s always something to talk about. You could find yourself in conversation about the cold and drizzling rain with a complete stranger in a coffee shop, or you could be sitting friends in a park, raving about the sunshine.

Although it’s cold a lot of the time—if you didn’t know that before you arrived, sorry!—there are varying weather conditions which people you meet will use different words to describe.

This list is by no means exhaustive but you are likely to come across the following. Try out a few yourself!



Breezy It’s windy
It’s howling out there It’s very windy
A bit nippy It’s a bit cold
Chilly It’s a cold day
Bleak It’s a cold and dark day
It’s baltic out there It’s a very cold day
Brass monkey It’s really freezing cold
It’s a grey day It’s a dark and cloudy day
Drizzling It’s raining lightly
It’s just spitting It’s raining very lightly, not enough to use an umbrella
Raining cats and dogs It’s raining heavily
It’s chucking it down It’s raining very heavily
You’ll get soaked It’s raining very heavily and you should avoid going out
Knee deep It’s snowed a lot
It’s slushy The snow is melting
Aren’t we having unseasonal weather? The weather is not right for the time of the year

This question came from Isabella, from Brazil. If you have a question for our resident Brit, email us at askabrit@greatbritishmag.co.uk.