There are some adjectives which are used to describe weather, such as hot, cold, wet, dry, fine, nice, etc.

I think we can use 'mild' (relatively warm for winter or cool for summer). Or we can use warm to describe relatively mild conditions in winter, or cool for summer.

My first question is:

Which adjective is better to refer to the weather that is neither hot nor cold regardless of season? And I want to know if we refer to the weather as '... weather' regardless of season, are we now talking about climate?

Considering the answer for the second part of the first question, here is the second question:

Which adjective is used to describe climate that is again neither hot nor cold?

And finally, can we use adjectives which are used to describe weather for climate?


Scorning the unsupported answers given in the comments (although those may be correct, as far as they go, they're not complete), I'll suggest 'moderate':

  1. Not violent or subject to extremes; mild or calm; temperate: a moderate climate.

[moderate. (n.d.) American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. (2011). Retrieved January 17 2016 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/moderate .]

For your questions 1-3, then,

  1. If talking about 'moderate' weather, we're not necessarily talking about 'climate'.
  2. 'Moderate'.
  3. Yes.


  1. The moderate weather in Washington State does not often produce violent thunderstorms or tornados.
  2. The moderate climate of the state is produced by the tempering influence of the warm North Pacific Drift. Temperature extremes are unusual as a result of that influence.
  • Thanks, could you please explain if 'mild' can be used in this case? For example: can we say mild weather/ climate. however, I'm not sure if temperate, as deadrat mentioned in comment, is better or moderate as you suggested, thanks again for your answer.
    – haha
    Jan 17 '16 at 21:54
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    @haha, Yes, you could say either mild weather or mild climate. However, you understand that weather and climate are distinct? As for 'temperate' or 'moderate', my feeling is that 'temperate' is used more often with reference to climate than weather; 'moderate' is, in my experience, used for both.
    – JEL
    Jan 17 '16 at 22:01

In addition to these great answers,


Clement weather is neither too hot nor too cold. (Longman Dictionary)

It is a very clement day. (Oxford Dictionary)

Hawaii is known for its delightfully clement climate. (Merriam Webster)

The area is usually known for its clement weather. (The Free Dictionary)


This could easily be a question on geography or meteorology. It's called temperate climate or warm climate.


If you're looking for some fancy synonym, you can also talk about the Goldilocks climate, economy, weather, etc.

without extremes; just right

The planet is in what astronomers call the Goldilocks zone: neither
too hot, nor too cold.

A return to the Goldilocks economy when growth was just right.

This is the Goldilocks climate, in a way. It's not too hot in the summer (warmest month mean temperature < 72° F), not too cold or too warm in winter (between 27 and 65° F), has at least four months with mean temperatures above 50° F, and has its dry season in the summer. We're talking Santa Barbara (3C), Portland (4C), and Seattle (4C).

From the story Goldilocks and the three bears where a girl finds a house and tries things out until she finds the one that is just right: the chair that is neither too big nor too small, the porridge that is not too hot and not too cold, and the bed that is neither too hard nor too soft.

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Source: The 2010-2011 Arlington/Fairfax Counties Northern Virginia Area Real Estate Guide by Mark G. Melikan Jr.

  • Thank you Faemu for your answer. I really appreciate that.
    – haha
    Jan 17 '16 at 22:15

balmy weather.....means a pleasantly warm weather

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