Academic English

“Friday’s Weather Report”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult weather man 01:05

Pre-Listening Exercise

What is the weather like in your hometown during different seasons of the year (temperatures, precipitation, humidity, etc.)? The Fahrenheit scale is used to calculate temperatures in the United States. Use the Internet to find out more about how to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius, and about the people who invented these scales.


“feel under the weather” = feel sick
She has been feeling a little under the weather for about a week.”

“rain cats and dogs” = rain heavily
It rained cats and dogs all afternoon.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Friday's weather was ______.

Well, for those of you who went out today, I don't have to tell you it was clear, but muggy for most of the state.

The high temperatures were ____ degrees.

. . . with the high temperatures in the low to mid 90s.

Saturday evening's forecast is predicting ______.

We can expect light scattered showers over the northern part of the state bringing slightly cooler temperatures in the eighties.

The skies should clear around ____.

. . . this rain should taper off by mid Sunday morning

What event will happen on Sunday evening?

Skies should be clear Sunday night for those wanting to catch a glimpse of the partial lunar eclipse.

Post-Listening Exercise

Use a local newspaper, TV news program, or the Internet to find a weather forecast of your area. Then, give a summary for the next three days. What dress would you suggest for going out in this weather (e.g., shorts, a warm jacket, sandals, rain coat, etc.)? Are their activities you would suggest doing or even postponing due to weather conditions?