Though it’s currently unseasonably cool here in Vancouver, today is still the first full day of summer and that’s worth celebrating! The days are at their longest, meaning there is extra time for writing. So whether you’re working on a summer short story or your daily journal entry, you will likely be looking for ways to describe the new season.

We’ve rounded up fifteen of our favourite expressions about warm and sunny weather to help inspire your summer writing.

15 Summer Sayings

1) “Make hay while the sun shines”

To take advantage of a perfect moment or opportunity.

2) “A place in the sun”

Finding a favourable position in a certain situation.

3) “One’s moment in the sun”

A brief period of success or fame.

4) “Catch the sun”

Get a sunburn.

5) “Everything under the sun”

Everything in the world (or that can be imagined).

6) “Nothing new under the sun”

The notion that everything has been discovered and seen already.

7) “Go to bed with the sun”

Staying up all night and getting to bed at sunrise.

8) “Sun worshipper”

A tanning enthusiast.

9) “Think the sun rises and sets on”

To think someone is the most important person in the world.

10) “Indian summer”

Unusually warm temperatures in autumn, or a particularly enjoyable time as something nears its end.

11) “One swallow does not make a summer”

Don’t assume something to be true just because you have seen one piece of evidence that it may be.

12) “Dog days of summer”

The hottest time of the year when nothing is happening and you just want to lie around (like a dog).

13) “Summer fling”

A brief romance during the summer.

14) “Happy is the bride that the sun shines on”

Sun on one’s wedding day is a sign of good luck.

15) “Hotter than a stolen tamale”

A phrase popular in Texas meaning it’s an incredibly hot day.

Honourable Mention

This isn’t technically an idiom about summer weather, but it’s a pretty great quote from the infamous American gossip columnist Walter Winchell:

It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.

For more great literary quotes about summer, check this Writing Wednesday post from last year.

You’ve heard our favourite summer expressions – what are yours?

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