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    #1

    the weather is heavy today

    Dear all,

    Could you please let me know if the sentence "the weather is heavy today" is proper english?

    I said this to an english colleague and he didn't seem to understand what I wanted to mean...

    I wanted to say that it was hot, too hot for the season and that I felt that the storm was brewing...

    Is there another word for "heavy" in this context ? (assuming that heavy cannot be used)

    Thanks!

    Guillaume

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    #2

    Re: the weather is heavy today

    No, we don't use "heavy" like that. You could have heavy storms, where it rains or snows a lot. But the weather is not "heavy."

    I believe you are describing the humidity felt, especially before a storm. We say it is sticky or muggy or humid.

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    #3

    Re: the weather is heavy today

    There's also close meaning #5 here:

    close1
    adjective
    • 1 only a short distance away or apart in space or time.■ dense: close print.
      ■ (close to) very near to (being or doing something).


    • 2 denoting someone who is part of a person's immediate family, typically a parent or sibling.■ on very affectionate or intimate terms.
      ■ (of a connection or resemblance) strong.


    • 3 (of observation or examination) done carefully and thoroughly.


    • 4 (of information) carefully guarded: a close secret.■ not willing to give away money or information.


    • 5 uncomfortably humid or airless.
    (WordReference dictionary)

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    #4

    Re: the weather is heavy today

    "Heavy weather" is a term often used by sailors for rough weather.

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    #5

    Re: the weather is heavy today

    There's also
    close – meaning #5 here:
    Interesting. I've never seen "close" used like that.

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    #6

    Re: the weather is heavy today

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Interesting. I've never seen "close" used like that.
    It's the word most often used in BrE.

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    #7

    Re: the weather is heavy today

    And that's close with /s/, not with /z/.

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