We look at seven phrases you can use to describe the different aspects of hot weather, from sunbathing to sweating.
1. Soleil de plomb
Conveying the meaning of 'the sun is as heavy as lead', this phrase is used when it is really, really hot. The English equivalent might be ‘blazing sun’.
This is a colloquial term from the south of France for a sunny spot. You often hear it said that someone or something is en plein cagnard, meaning they are in direct sun.
3. Ça tape
This means that the heat is very strong – it literally hits you.
4. Être en nage
This means to be very sweaty. The expression used to be être à nage but has evolved to en nage – referring to the fact that swimming, obviously, makes you wet.
5. Faire la crêpe au soleil
This means to lie in the sun in order to tan – like a pancake cooking. It is often used when you go to the beach.
6. Se (faire) dorer la pilule
Another expression to mean to stay in the sun in order to tan.
The original expression is dorer la pilule which meant to sugar the pill.
The expression evolved in the 20th century with a meaning of 'to believe in something that does not exist'.
The meaning changed again to indicate 'basking in the sun' during the eighties. Some claim that it is a mix between dorer la pilule and se dorer au soleil (to tan).
7. L’été indien
Just as in English, this expression meaning 'Indian summer' is used to describe a warm spell of weather in autumn, especially in October and November.