Unit 9: Weather | Vocabulary | A2
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Unit 9: Weather | Vocabulary | A2

The weather forecast is useful because it is the most reliable way of finding out what tomorrow’s weather will be like so that one can plan accordingly. Scientists use the latest technology to study weather patterns all over the world. They tell us not only about the temperatures at home and in other countries, but also the times of sunrise and sunset, the condition of the sea and the strength and direction of the wind.


Match the symbols with their meanings :

  • snow
  • sun
  • thunder and lightning storms
  • cloud with some sun (partly cloudy)



Which direction?

Fill the gaps:



Look at the map and then complete the following sentences:


1. Temperatures in the south of England will range from __________ °C to __________°C.

2. The coldest area will be the __________ and the warmest the south-west,

3. There will be cloud and rain in the __________ of Ireland.

4. Parts of the country will experience cloudy weather with the possibility of thunder and __________.

5. There will be __________ with some sun and a little snow in the north and north-westerly regions.


Below are some words to do with weather, some of which you may know, some of which you may not know. Match the words with the explanations:

1. drizzle A. icy rain
2. sleet B. dark sky, rain, thunder and lightning
3. storm C. sudden burst of rain which passes fairly quickly
4. hailstones D. light rain
5. overcast E. low, dark, cloudy sky
6. shower F. little balls of ice falling during a hailstorm


Change the sentences below by writing the opposite adjective

e.g.  The weather is very hot. – The weather is very cold.

low     calm     overcast     minimum     light



1. The temperature was high today  
2. The sea will be rough tonight.  

3. Skies will be clear over the weekend.

4. The temperature in Paris will be a maximum of 25°C.

5. Rain will be heavy in places.  


Most of England and parts of eastern Scotland will have a cloudy and damp day, with showers. Some of these showers will be heavy at times, especially in the east. The rest of the country will stay mainly dry with long sunny spells. There will be strong winds in some areas. Temperatures will rise to a maximum of 18°C.

Now answer these questions by underlining the correct word:

1. Winds will be heavy/strong/long.

2. Rain is going to be light/heavy/strong.

3. Temperatures will be low/fast/long.


Complete these sentences with the comparative of the adjective:

e.g. Temperatures are higher in Brazil than in Scotland. (HIGH)

1. Temperatures are ____________ in Sweden than in Greece. (LOW)

2. The weather is ____________ in winter than in summer. (COLD)

3. Showers will start light but get ____________ later in the day. (HEAVY)

4. There will be ____________ winds in the North than in the South. (STRONG)

5. ____________-than-usual weather is on its way. (WET)


Write your own weather forecast using any of the vocabulary from this unit:

We can expect 1._____________.

Winds will be 2._____________.

By midday, the temperature will rise to a maximum of  3._____________.

It may fall to a minimum of  4._____________.

Skies will be 5._____________.

Rain will fall  6._____________.