How HOT is it? Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in English Vocabulary


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It is now summer, at least in the northern hemisphere, which means the weather outside is getting hotter. Today I thought I would introduce you to a number of new ways to say ‘hot’ in English. This way you will have many more words to choose from the next time some asks you, “What is the weather like outside?”

Here are some synonyms for the word ‘hot’ when talking about the weather:

blazing hot

It is sultry outside today.
Is another sweltering day.
The weather is simply balmy.
It is blazing hot again today.
The heat is blistering.
It is boiling outside.

Now, here are some expressions people also use to talk about the weather being hot:

hot as hades or hot as hell
hotter than blazes
it’s a scorcher
it’s so hot you could fry and egg on the sidewalk

It is hot as hades out today.
On our vacation to the Caribbean it was hotter than blazes everyday so we never left the poolside.
It is another scorcher folks, be sure to put on your sunscreen.
It is so hot today you could fry an egg on the sidewalk!

If you are feeling like complaining about the heat this summer, you might want to try out some of these fun ways to say ‘hot’ or ‘it’s hot’ and show off your new English vocabulary.

What do you like to do on a hot day? Leave your answer below on the comments box!

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Hi there! I am one of Transparent Language's ESL bloggers. I am a 32-year-old native English speaker who was born and raised in the United States. I am living in Washington, DC now, but I have lived all over the US and also spent many years living and working abroad. I started teaching English as a second language in 2005 after completing a Master's in Applied Linguists and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults' (CELTA). Since that time I have taught ESL in the United States at the community college and university level. I have also gone on to pursue my doctorate in psychology and now I also teach courses in psychology. I like to stay connected to ESL learners around the world through Transparent Languages ESL Blog. Please ask questions and leave comments on the blog and I will be sure to answer them.


  1. Govind:

    Thank you! It is really blazing hot in India right now. Thank you again for helping me with expressing this in English.