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    Do natives use/say this phrase?
    "The weather is melancholic today"
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    Re: weather

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    The weather feels gloomy (to me).

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    Re: weather

    Quote Originally Posted by ebihal View Post
    Do natives use/say this phrase?
    "The weather is melancholic today"
    tks
    There's an expression for this sort of link between the outside world and your feelings; it's called Pathetic fallacy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . (Nothing negative about 'pathetic'; it just means 'to do with feelings'.)

    The word 'melancholic' though is a bit formal.

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    Re: weather

    "Gloomy" was the first work that occurred to me as well!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: weather

    Quote Originally Posted by ebihal View Post
    Do natives use/say this phrase?
    "The weather is melancholic today"
    tks
    Yes, gloomy does come to mind. "Melancholic" refers to an emotional state, which people may have, but not weather. Now, "gloomy" is also an emotional state, but for some reason we can speak of "gloomy" weather or a "gloomy" night. We also wouldn't speak of weather as "sad." But, come to think of it, these days we often do. The weather this weekend is "pretty sad."

    Perhaps others have ideas concerning which words can be used both for emotional states and for nature.

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