We English must appear to speak in riddles! It’s because we use so many idioms especially weather idioms.
Watch the lesson first and then look at the explanations below.
LINK TO LESSON ON WEATHER IDIOMS
I’m Under the weather: means that I’m not feeling very good. Very well.
I’m snowed under: I’m snowed under with work. I’ve got lots and lots of work to do.
Wall to wall sunshine: A beautiful sunny day with hardly any clouds in the sky.
The heavens opened: It suddenly started to rain very heavily
It’s raining cars and dogs: It’s raining heavily.
Every cloud has a silver lining: something good always comes as a result of something bad. Eg. I missed my bus but I saw an old friend.
I’m as right as rain. I’m feeling great.
I’m on cloud nine: I’m really happy.
Now the same passage WITHOUT the idioms:
I’ve been very busy this week and a bit poorly. Not very well.
Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day and so I decided to take the day off and go for a walk.
So I packed my picnic and off I went.
I’d just sat down when it started to rain very heavily and I got very wet (drenched).
But, while I was sheltering from the rain I made a new friend.
Now I’m feeling fine and very happy.
It’s not much fun written like this !
That’s why we use idioms. It’s for effect.