Things Southerners in the U.S. say when it’s really hot outside


Southerners in the U.S. are well-known for their colorful language and vivid imagery. With unique expressions like “She’s madder than a wet hen” and “I’m finer than frog hair split four ways,” they also have plenty of animated ways to talk about what it’s like to bake in the sun on a summer day.

Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most widespread Southern phrases used to describe just how fiery it can feel outside. So leave “It’s hot!” behind and pick up a few new ear-catching phrases to try out this summer!

1. It’s not the heat — it’s the humidity.

2. It’s hot as Hades.

3. It’s hotter than Dutch love.

4. It’s a barn burner.

5. It’s hotter than blue blazes.

6. It’s hotter than Georgia asphalt.

7. It’s hot enough to scald a lizard.

8. It’s hotter than a stolen tamale.

9. She sure is a-beamin’.

10. It’s awful selsery.

11. It’s hot enough to scald a loon.

12. It’s like the training grounds for down below.

13. The bear got him.

14. It’s a torcher.

15. It must be 90 in the shade.

16. This one’s gonna be a scorcher.

17. It’s so hot you could fry an egg on the sidewalk.

18. It’s like walking through soup out here.

19. It’s so hot the ice cream truck melted.

20. It’s so hot the swimming pool is boiling.

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