burning (boiling) hot


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Dear all,

What's the difference between "It's burning hot today." and "It's boiling hot today"?
Is "boiling hot" extremely hot and humid while you don't know if it's humid or not in case of "burning hot" ?

I would appreciate any comments.
  • expenseroso

    Senior Member
    United States, English
    I don't think I've ever heard anyone say "boiling hot" to refer to the weather. If you're just talking about everyday conversation I wouldn't read too much into it--I would just assume that both meant "really hot."


    English - England
    "It's boiling hot" is common in BE (when it gets hot enough.) It is tempting to think that there is a connection between "boiling" and steam and humidity... but there isn't. To me "boiling hot" is primarily a weather (and hot drink) description, and "burning hot" is primarily the description of an object.

    Approximately: boiling hot = as hot as boiling water; burning hot = hot enough to burn you.
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