10 Expressions To Complain About Cold Weather

It’s autumn and it has been for a bit now, and winter’s just around the corner. However, if you live in a place like Granada, we can all agree that the weather is kind of like on the chilly side, isn’t it? And yes, if you’re reading this from a northern European country, autumn in the south of Spain might feel to you like a good summer day in your own country. But let’s face it, in the south of Spain we’re used to scorching weather, so any time it’s a bit cold, we really can’t stop complaining. But wait, didn’t you say you liked complaining about the summer heat in this post? Yeah, well, that’s how we roll in Spain, we like to complain about everything, even if there’s nothing we can do about it…

So what I’m bringing you today is a list of 10 expressions we can use in English to complain about cold weather. I hope you like them and that you make the most of them this autumn and coming winter.

10 Expressions To Complain About Cold Weather

1. It’s cold (as ice/f*ck/…)

This is the typical expression to say you’re feeling cold. You can also say “I’m cold”, obviously, or “It’s biting cold!”, meaning that it’s really cold.

2. It’s nippy

This means “uncomfortably or unpleasantly cold”. Not an extreme, but not comfortable either.

3. There’s a nip in the air

This is the same as “biting cold”, meaning “very cold”.

4. It’s crisp

When we say “it’s crisp”, we mean that cool, fresh, and invigorating, so it’s a pleasant temperature.

5. It’s brass monkey weather

This cool expression means “extremely cold”. While the origin of this expression is a heatedly debated one, you can learn more about it in this nice video by Oxford Dictionaries.

6. It’s chilly

This is the same as nippy; not very cold, but cold enough to be uncomfortable (provided you’re not a cute penguin like the ones below!)

7. It’s freezing (cold)

Now, if it’s freezing cold, you’d better take some care of yourself, or else you’ll catch your death of cold and end up in bed!

8. It’s frosty

In case you didn’t know, the “frost” is the icy layer you can find on outdoor surfaces during a cold winter morning. So you can say “it’s frosty” to mean “it’s pretty damn cold”.

9. It’s Arctic outside!

I don’t think this one needs too much of an explanation, does it?

10. It’s like the dead of winter out there.

When we say “the dead of winter”, we’re referring to the coldest part of winter, which, needless to say, is usually horribly cold!

So now you’re ready to go to the North Pole and complain about how cold it is over there! Or maybe you don’t even need to go there if you live in Granada.

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Luis Porras Wadley is the owner and director of KSE Academy, an English academy and official Cambridge Exam Preparation Centre based in Granada. As an English teacher, Luis has been preparing Cambridge candidates successfully for more than ten years. He is the author of some successful test preparation books, including Speaking First, Speaking CAE, Speaking CPE, Use of English C1 and The Ultimate B2 First Writing Guide.

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