I am in late after clinic closes; it’s the weather (7)
I believe the answer is:
'the weather' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)
'i am in late after clinic closes' is the wordplay.
'i am' becomes 'I'm'.
'in' indicates putting letters inside.
'after' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'clinic closes' becomes 'c' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'im' put into 'late' is 'limate'.
'limate' put after 'c' is 'CLIMATE'.
'it's' acts as a link.
Can you help me to learn more?
(Other definitions for climate that I've seen before include "Prevailing trend" , "Atmospheric conditions" , "Long-term prevalent weather conditions" , "Atmosphere" , "Lime cat (anag.)" .)