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Describing the weather

Have you ever noticed how those in the UK often talk about the weather? Learn some phrases and join in the conversation

One of my students, who lives with a host family here in Cambridge, has noticed that the family often talk about the weather. In fact, it is often one of the first things they say after greeting someone:

A: Good morning, how are you?

B: Good morning, I’m fine thanks

A: I think it’s going to rain today

B: Yes, it’s very cloudy

It seems that people in the UK love to talk about the weather and if you learn some phrases, you can join in with the conversation.

Put the missing words into the weather-related phrases

sunny sweltering going to pouring cloud gone in
thunder temperature howling freezing clear up  
  1. It’s very ________ today

  2. It's supposed to ________

  3. I hate it when it is ________ hot

  4. I think it’s _______ rain

  5. The sun's just ________

  6. The wind has finally ________

  7. The wind is ________!

  8. It’s ________ down

  9. What ________ do you think it is?

  10. It’s ________ cold today

  11. There's not a ________ in the sky

  12. It sounds like ________

Students studying
  1. It’s very sunny today

  2. It's supposed to clear up

  3. I hate it when it is sweltering hot

  4. I think it’s going to rain

  5. The sun's just gone in

  6. The wind has finally dropped

  7. The wind is howling!

  8. It’s pouring down

  9. What temperature do you think it is?

  10. It’s freezing cold today

  11. There's not a cloud in the sky

  12. It sounds like thunder

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