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Intermediate Weather Vocabulary for ESL


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Do your students need to know more than just "sunny" and "rainy"? This PPT outlines intermediate level vocabulary like "drizzle," along with explanations and examples. Check out for more ESL materials.

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Intermediate Weather Vocabulary for ESL

  1. 1. Let’s Talk About Weather
  2. 2. Forecast “I want to go cycling this weekend, but I’ll have to check the weather forecast first.”
  3. 3. Cloudy Clouds = noun - “Look at those black clouds.” Cloudy = adjective - “It was cloudy yesterday.”
  4. 4. Drizzle Drizzle = light rain “You’d better take an umbrella. It’s drizzling now, but it might get heavy later on.”
  5. 5. Fog Fog = noun - “There’s often fog on the moors.” Foggy = adjective - “It’s meant to be foggy tomorrow.”
  6. 6. Smog Smog = noun - “The smog in Beijing is really bad.” Smoggy = adjective - “I don’t want to go outside. It’s too smoggy.”
  7. 7. Humid “It gets really humid in the summers here.”
  8. 8. Lightning “Don’t stand near a tree when there’s lightning. It’s dangerous!”
  9. 9. Thermometer “The thermometer says its forty-two degrees!”
  10. 10. Tornado “Stay indoors and keep away from the windows when there’s a tornado coming.”
  11. 11. Typhoon “The typhoon is scheduled to make landfall tomorrow morning.”
  12. 12. How to Talk About Weather Correctly
  13. 13. Adjectives It is + adjective It’s a(n) + adjective + day  It’s very humid today.  It’s windy.  It’s rainy today.  It’s hot. This can be adjusted according to time:  It was snowy yesterday.  It’ll be cold tomorrow.  It’s a rainy day.  It’s a sunny day.  It’s a foggy day.  It’s a windy day.
  14. 14. Verbs and Nouns It’s verb-ing There’s + noun  It’s snowing.  It’s raining.  It’s drizzling.  It’s hailing.  There’s going to be snow tomorrow.  There was rain yesterday.  There was a lot of lightning last night.
  15. 15. Verbs, Nouns, Adjectives Some kinds of weather have all three word forms:  It’s raining! (verb)  It’s rainy! (adjective)  There’s been a lot of rain recently. (noun) However, others don’t:  It’s sunning!  It’s sunny!  There’s been a lot of sunshine recently.