IELTS Speaking Topic #7 Weather

Part 1

What’s the weather in your country?

The weather in my country is pretty nice. We have a mild climateA climate without extreme weather conditions., so it’s never boiling hotAn expression to describe a very hot weather. in the summer or freezing coldVery cold. in the winter.

Does the weather affect your mood?

Yes… Cold, gloomy daysDays with dark clouds and dull light. put me in a bad mood. I love summertime, when it’s warm and sunny.

Do you like rainy days?

Yes, absolutely! I like when it rains… I love all the freshness around, the cool breezeA nice gentle wind.after a heavy rainRain with a lot of water.. It’s wonderful!

What is your favourite season?

Well, I think it’s spring… The weather is very pleasant and it’s nice to see everything come back to life and blossom.

Do you like winters?

No, not really… For me winter is the most depressing season, because where I live it’s freezing coldVery cold.in the winter. Moreover, the days are short and you can’t do a lot of outdoor activities.

Part 2

Now, have a look at the card and prepare a monologue.

Describe your favourite weather. You should say:

  • What the weather is like
  • Why do you like it
  • Where you can exprerience such weather conditions.

It may sound strange, but my favourite weather is when it is cloudy, windy and drizzlingWhen a light rain falls in very small drops. as it makes me feel calm and relaxed… I like such weather especially at night because I can hear the little raindrops falling and see the dew on the window, and it helps me to sleep… It is very pleasant… Also, I love foggy weatherWeather with fog…. It’s very romantic and gives me a sort of feeling like I’m in an old black and white movie. However, I don’t like heavy rainsRain with a lot of water. and downpoursVery heavy rains.. And I hate when temperature goes below zeroTo become negative., it’s too cold for me. Probably, the type of weather I like is common for the United Kingdom… But in my hometown such type of weather is very rare. Usually, we have dryWith no rain. and sunny days with occasional spells of rainy weatherPeriods of rainy weather..

Part 3

Does air pollution affect the weather?

Yes, it does… It affects the overall temperature of the world, making the weather warmer. Also, it often causes smogA cloud of pollution. and gloomy weatherWeather with dark clouds and dull light..

Do you think that weather affects people’s behaviour?

Yes, I think that people respond to bad weather… In my opinion, during cold and dull days people are more depressed and irritated than usual… While bright sunshineThe heat and light of the sun. and warmth makes us feel good.

Vocabulary Weather

Temperatures:

  • boiling hot: an expression to describe a very hot weather. The last summer was boiling hot, the average temperature reached 40 degrees!
  • hot
  • mild: warm and pleasant. The weather in my country is mild in spring.
  • warm
  • chilly: cold.It’s chilly today, so I think you should wear a coat.
  • freezing cold: very cold. I wanted to go ice skating on the New Year day, but it was freezing cold and I decided to stay home.
  • degrees Celsius: used to measure the temperature. In the autumn, the average temperature here is 15 degrees Celsius
  • to go below zero: to become negative (about temperatures). The temperature often goes below zero in the winter.

Cloudy weather:

  • gloomy: weather with dark clouds and dull light. Personally, I don’t like gloomy weather. It makes me feel depressed.
  • clear: without clouds. I adore clear weather, when there are no clouds on the sky.
  • to clear up: when clouds and rain disappear. After a long rain, it finally cleared up.

Rainy weather:

  • to be drenched (to the skin): to be completely soaked with water. I forgot to take an umbrella and was drenched in the rain.
  • gentle rain: light rain.
  • drizzle: a light rain that falls in very small drops. It often drizzles in the morning.
  • downpour: a heavy fall of rain. What a downpour! We are drenched to the skin.
  • to pour down: to rain heavily. I like rainy weather. When it pours down, we sit at home with my family, talk and drink hot tea.
  • humid: containing a high amount of water. In my country the climate is generally cold and humid, especially in the north.

Snowy weather:

  • snow-covered: covered with snow. In the winter my family and I go skiing to the snow-covered hills of Switzerland.
  • heavy snow: when a lot of snow falls. Children went to school in spite of the heavy snow.
  • frosty: cold. Continental climate implies hot summers and frosty winters.
  • snowstorm: large amounts of wind and snow. I don’t like winters because of frequent snowstorms.
  • hail: when small balls of ice (hailstones) fall from the sky. After the hail, we found hailstones that were the size of golf balls!

Windy weather:

  • high wind = strong wind. In the autumn strong winds are quite frequent.
  • breeze: a nice gentle wind. I don’t usually like windy weather, but a light breeze from the ocean makes me happy.
  • wind chill factor: when the wind makes the air feel colder than the real temperature. In my hometown it’s very windy in the winter. And though the temperature rarely goes below zero, with wind chill factor it feels like minus 10!

Sunny weather:

  • sunshine: the heat and light of the sun. I love summertime because of the long days and bright sunshine.
  • dry: with no rain. Summers in Turkey are often hot and dry.
  • heat stroke (sun stroke): a serious heat illness because of being too long in hot weather. It’s often boiling hot in my city in the summer and a lot of people suffer from heat stroke.

Other vocabulary:

  • a spell of good weather: a period of good weather. You can use other adjectives instead of “good” to describe weather.After a three-day spell of rainy weather, there was a spell of sunny weather.
  • changeable weather: weather that often changes. In my country the weather is very changeable, periods of hot weather can be followed by heavy rains or even snowstorms!
  • mild climate: a climate without extreme weather conditions.
  • smog: a cloud of pollution. My town is so polluted that I don’t see stars at night because of thick smog!
  • forecast: a prediction of how the weather will change. Although the forecasts predicted a mild winter, the January was freezing cold.

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