In this article, we’ll learn some temperature vocabulary and expressions in English.
Temperature is a degree of hotness or coldness the can be measured using a thermometer.
In daily life, we mostly use degrees Celsius (o C) as a temperature unit. It is used in English-speaking countries apart from the U.S. On the other hand, Fahrenheit (o F) is used as a temperature unit in the U.S.
Below are useful temperature vocabulary and expressions you should know.
- It is 5 below. (-5 degrees)
- It’s 30 degrees Celsius. (30oC)
- It’s maximum 45°F in the morning.
- It’s 20 degrees Fahrenheit. (20°F)
- It’s two degrees above zero. (2 °C)
- It’s 35 below zero. (-35°C)
- It is very hot outside. It is about forty-two degrees. (45°C)
- It is very cold today. It is about one degree above zero. (-1°C)
- The temperature inside is plus 10 degrees. (+10°C)
- The temperature outside is minus twenty degrees. (-20°C)
- It is over 25oC.
- The thermometer showed a temperature of –38°C last night!
- The temperature reached 36°C.
- Water boils at 212°F. (at two hundred twelve degrees Fahrenheit) or Water boils at 100 °C (at one hundred degrees Celsius (centigrade)).
- Water freezes at 0°C. (at zero degrees Celsius) or Water freezes at 32 °F (at thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit).
- Your temperature is high/ normal/ low/ below normal/ too high/ lower than normal, etc. It is 36.3 °C (thirty-six point three degrees)/ 37 °C (thirty seven degrees)/ 40.9 °C (forty point nine degrees), etc.
Common Temperature Vocabulary Words
Here is a list showing temperature vocabulary.
- Cold: low temperature
- Hot: high temperature
- Warm: slightly hot, especially in a pleasant way
- Cool: slightly cold in a pleasant way
- Chill: cold
- Freezing: extremely cold
- Mild/ Moderate/ Temperate: neither very hot nor very cold
- Boiling/ Scorching: very hot, often used in negative/ positive contexts
- Humid: hot and damp. It makes you sweat a lot
- Muggy: warm and damp in an unpleasant way
- Stifling: hot and you can hardly breath
- Sweltering: hot and uncomfortable