WEATHER Words: Useful Words & Phrases to Describe the Weather in English

WEATHER Words! In this lesson, you will learn useful words & phrases to describe the weather in English.



  • Rain is drops of water from clouds.
  • Heavy/ constant/ steady/pouring rain or Downpour is a lot of rain in a short time.
  • Light / gentle rain or Drizzle means not heavy rain.
  • Rainfall is the amount of rain which falls.
  • Deluge is a severe flood.
  • Rainstorm is a storm with heavy rain.
  • A drop of rain / a droplet / a raindrop is a single drop of rain.
  • Rainbow is a curved shape of different colors seen in the sky.
  • Shower is a short period of rain or snow.


Snow means atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer.

  • Heavy snow/ deep snow is a great amount of snow.
  • Light snow means not heavy snow.
  • Hail is small and hard balls of ice falling from the sky.
  • Sleet is snow partly melted.
  • Wet snow means watery snow.
  • Melting snow means snow turning from the solid state to the liquid state.
  • Snowfall means a fall of snow.
  • Snowstorm is a heavy fall of snow, especially with a high wind.
  • Blizzard is a severe snowstorm with high winds and low visibility.
  • Frost is the thin, white layer of ice that forms when the air temperature is below the freezing point of water, especially outside at night.
  • Thaw means snow becoming liquid as a result of warming.
  • Slippery roads or surface means a surface difficult to hold firmly or stand on because it is smooth, wet, or slimy.
  • Snowflake is a small piece of snow that falls from the sky.
  • Snowdrift is a large mass of snow heaped up by the wind.
  • Snow bank is a large pile of snow.
  • Ice is the water that has frozen and become solid.
  • Icicle is a hanging, tapering piece of ice formed by the freezing of dripping water.
  • Shower is a short period of rain or snow.


  • Blazing means very bright and hot. Blazing sun/sunshine ( adjective )
  • Sunshine / Sunlight is the light coming from the sun. ( noun )
  • Shiny means bright. ( adjective )
  • Sunrays / Sunbeams are lines of light shining from the sun. ( noun )
  • Bright means full of light.  Bright sun / sunshine ( adjective )
  • A patch of sunlight means a piece of sunlight. ( noun )


  • Cloudy means that the sky is completely covered by clouds, no view of blue sky.
  • Overcast means that There are clouds in the sky, no light and sun.
  • Gloomy means dark or cloudy in a way that is unpleasant and makes it difficult to see.


Wind is a current of air moving approximately horizontally, especially one strong enough to be felt.

  • Breeze is a light wind.
  • Gentle wind is a light wind.
  • Blustery means the wind blowing strongly.
  • a gust of wind, a blast of wind, strong wind, high wind
  • gust and blast means a sudden strong wind.
  • strong or high wind means hard wind.
  • light wind means the wind blowing slightly.
  • Brisk wind means the wind blowing quickly and actively.
  • Piercing wind means the wind making you fell very cold.
  • Easterly / Westerly / Northerly / Southerly wind is a wind blowing from the east.
  • Hurricane / Whirlwind / Tornado is a violent wind that has a circular movement, especially in the West Atlantic Ocean.
  • Twister is used as a word instead of “tornado” in U.S.
  • Cyclone is a violent storm, especially in Southern Hemisphere.
  • Windstorm / Gale is a storm with very strong wind.
  • Typhoon is a tropical storm, especially in the West Pacific Ocean.
  • Dust storm is a mass of dust and sand that has been lifted from the ground in very dry areas such as deserts and that is carried by the wind.
  • Sandstorm is a strong wind in a desert carrying a large amount of sand.
  • Tropical Storm is a storm forming over tropical oceans.
  • Hurricane, typhoon, cyclone are the same. However, they have different names because they are in different regions which are mentioned above.


  • Fog / Haze / Mist is a weather condition in which very small drops of water come together to form a thick cloud close to the land or earth’s surface and it is hard to see.
  • Thick fog / Dense fog / Heavy Fog means having parts which are close together so that it is difficult to see well.
  • Patchy fog means fog only existing in some parts.
  • A blanket of fog means fog covering something completely with a thick layer.
  • Smog is a fog combined with smoke and other atmospheric pollutants.

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3 years ago

what are 10 wether words

3 years ago

Thanks for these words…It helped me a lot for my class…Wonderful!!

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Nantumbwe Kasifa
2 years ago

Thanks a lot .it will help me in my class while teaching my students.

1 year ago

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