It’s hotter than a blacksmith’s forge: 15 Czech expressions for extreme heat
Sunset viewed from Riegrovy sady in Prague

It’s hotter than a blacksmith’s forge: 15 Czech expressions for extreme heat

This article was originally published in 2018.

The extreme heat wave gripping the Czech Republic is expected to continue this week with highs of 34°C in Prague predicted through the weekend.



In between chasing the sprinkler truck or taking a dip at your local pool, there’s no better time than the present to practice your Czech hot-weather phrases, while enjoying a cold beer, of course:

Outside it’s like (Je tam jak)…

  • …ve výhni / in a blacksmith’s forge
  • …v pekárně / in a bakery
  • …v pekle / in hell
  • …v peci / in the oven
  • …na Sahaře / on the Sahara
  • …v pazderně / a room for processing flax that reaches 35°C

Hot like (Horko jako)…

  • …v peřinách / in a duvet
  • …horko jako za kamny / in the oven
  • …jako v huti / an ironworks
  • …v prd*li / in the a*s!

Just plain hot

  • Vedro – Heat: Bylo po celý den nesnesitelné vedro. / The heat throughout the day was unbearable.
  • Parno – Steamy: The headlines that dominate the media when temps rise above 30°C are considered parnografie! (from Cestina 2.0)
  • Hic – Any day where the temperature exceeds 30°C can be referred to as hic, from the German hitz.
  • Pařák – Slang for a real scorcher (also used to refer to the device used for steaming dumplings).
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And when you are sweating more than usual, you can say, just as you would in English, that you are sweating like a pig / Potí se jako prase.

h/t www.mojecestina.cz

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Katrina Modrá

A long-time resident of Prague, Katrina Modrá has covered Czech culture, lifestyles, and news for both local and international publications for 15+ years.

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