evaporare

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the verb evaporare. This verb literally means to evaporate, but it is often used by Italians to talk about excessive heat. As the summer heats up in the northern hemisphere for many of us, this verb will become a useful additional to your arsenal of verbs you will use to complain about the heat!

You might translate this as to boil or to swelter.

You will hear this expression more often in the south of Italy, but it would not be strange to hear it in Rome or even in Milan! Check out this video from Alma Edizioni on other weather expressions!

See the verb used below:

Che caldo che faceva l’estate scorsa, ti ricordi? Siamo evaporati dal caldo quel giorno a Lecce. Ci saranno stati 35 gradi!

How hot was it last summer, do you remember? We sweltered in the heat that day in Lecce. It must have been 35 degrees!