Europe is a continent of complex and diverse geographies, with several different climatic zones and undoubtedly diverse weather across the region.
With changeable weather conditions across the continent, many unique words and phrases have developed describing weather. Let’s take a look at these, and find some similarities between different countries and languages.
In Ireland, the beautiful expression ‘a soft day’ is used to describe a day of light, drizzling rain. If this is weather you particularly enjoy, you can declare it to be ‘a grand soft day’.
Artists have been portraying stunning Dutch skies in paintings, drawings, photographs and more for centuries.
In some of these, we can see the Dutch expression ‘een mager zonnetje’, a pale powerless sun.
In Polish, the month of April is referred to in the phrase ‘kwiecień plecień, bo przeplata trochę zimy, trochę lata’: April is a plait, because it interweaves a little winter and a little summer.
Some expressions are more regional and local.
In the Erzgebirge region of Germany, the expression ‘Dämse’ is used for hot and humid conditions.
In Scotland, ‘dreich’ is used to describe dreary, bleak weather, while ‘haar’ is a sea fog specific to the west coast of Scotland and northern England.