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Weather Reports audio icon and Quizzes

This page is about the language used when reporting the weather in English, with audio weather reports and comprehension quizzes.

Every radio and TV show, and many newspapers and websites, report the weather. They give weather forecasts (what they think the weather will be in the future) and sometimes they report on what the weather has been in the past. Here are some typical expressions used in a weather report:

  • a high of twenty degrees
  • a low of -25
  • 20 percent chance of snow
  • mainly sunny
  • sunny with cloudy periods
  • record high/low
  • above/below average temperatures
  • a few flurries
  • 5-day forecast
  • temperatures are going to drop/dip (go down)
  • temperatures are going to plunge (rapidly get very cold)
  • temperatures are going to rise/climb (go up)
  • temperatures are going to soar (rapidly get very hot)
  • a warm/cold front is moving in (air from another region is arriving)

Listen to audio weather reports

Listen to the following weather reports. Listen again, and then answer the comprehension questions. You can read the transcripts to check your understanding.

Weather Report 1 (easy)

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1. Which season does this weather report take place in?
2. What kind of day is it?
3. What is the temperature?
4. Tomorrow it will probably .
5. What does the weather reporter suggest using?

Weather Report 2 (medium)

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1. Which season would this weather report most likely take place in?
2. Where is the weather report taking place?
3. Which of the following is mentioned as part of tomorrow's forecast?
4. It will feel so cold tomorrow because of the .
5. The weather reporter suggests that skiiers should .

Weather Report 3 (difficult)

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1. Which season would this weather report most likely take place in?
2. Where is the weather report taking place?
3. What type of precipitation is forecasted for the week?
4. The air feels so comfortable because there is .
5. What does the weather reporter suggest people do to stay cool?