Do you say Southern days or Southernly days when you want to describe hot, sunny late-summer days (like in the South)?

So are Southern days only days IN the South or could it also be LIKe days in the South?

SchwarzeKatzDo you say Southern days

I nave never come across the expression.

Sultry days perhaps is what you have in mind.

SchwarzeKatzSouthernly days


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Thanks for the answer, but that wasn't really helpful. I don't mean any other word than referring to a climate, atmosphere, heat "like in the South"; so I just have to know if it's Southern or Southernly in this case. I have seen both expressions in various contexts, I'm just not sure if they mean the exact same thing and when to use what.
SchwarzeKatzI just have to know if it's Southern or Southernly

Southern is an adjective, so "Southern Days" is a grammatical combination. "Southern days" means a period of time (days) in a place located in the south. I checked Google ngrams (a comprehensive search of phrases in published materials) and fraze.it (a corpus of published newspapers and magazines) could not find any use of the phrase with the meaning you suggested

Southernly is most often an adverb, and adverbs do not modify nouns, so "Southernly Days" is ungrammatical. A natural expression is: "southernly direction" which means "in the direction of the south." Google ngrams comes up with no instances of "Southernly days."


That explains why southernly felt wrong to me.
It's an expression in a translation of a German poem.
I found a few all in all bad translations and found both expressions (most probably used by English native speakers).
It is not a description for days spent in a place in the South, so Southern days didn't sound quite right either.
But southerly direction is also related to a noun (direction), why is it wrong in combination with days?

The word would be something like Southern-like? Southerish? Southish? How would you say it so that it doesn't sound like colloquial language?
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SchwarzeKatzBut southerly direction is also related to a noun (direction), why is it wrong in combination with days?

A southerly direction is "to the south" of the current position.


Although the road twisted and turned, we travelled 30 km in a generally southerly direction.
A southerly wind is blowing. It means warmer weather.

Days do not have spatial dimensions - north, south, east or west. Time is a different dimension from space.

Dr. Who can travel forward or backward in time. In this episode, he travelled back 30 days.

Southerly days is illogical. It depends on what context you had in mind.


In northern Europe, the summer months have many oppressively hot and sultry days, and it feels more like a Southern summer. The change is brought on by global warming.

Yes, I know all that! But it doesn't answer my questions.

I just say "late summer days" because I'm not familiar with those expressions.

It turns out that 'southernly' is a less common word for 'southerly'.

See https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/southernly

And the word can't even be found in connection with 'days' in a search of Google Books (Ngram Viewer). But you can take a look at the results of such a search at the link below. Click on the choices under "Search in Google Books" for details. It may give you clues about usage.



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The OED calls "southernly" to mean "southerly" "Now somewht rare." I'll say. I don't remember having seen it before, and it is best avoided. "Southernly days" uses "southernly" in a different meaning, "typical of the South", and that is current if quite unusual. The problem is that nobody will know what you mean even if they believe it is a word because there are many characteristics that the South could lend to a day. But if the context supports it, yes, it is possible but odd, not that oddness is a deal-breaker. I would use "southern days", but again, the context would have to make it clear.

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