The #1 topic of the day in the Netherlands is the weather. With 130 days of rain in the year, strong winds due to the flat land and hot, humid days in summer, we always find something to complain about. Here are some ways to express your discontent with today’s forecast:

  • Wat een hondenweer! (What dog weather!) | Exclaimed during heavy rains and storms.
  • Het regent pijpenstelen (It’s raining pipe stems) | Also said when it’s raining heavily.
  • De mussen vallen dood van het dak (The sparrows are falling dead off the roof) | Used on particularly hot days, indicating that even the birds find the heat hard to process.
  • Ik waai uit mijn verschoning (I’m blown out of my clean diaper) | Applies when strong winds take over.