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(Are the two statements true or false? Choose from the box.)


  • It's often said that Britain has no climate - only weather.
  • British people always talk about the weather because it's so changeable.



  • You'd better not go out without an umbrella even on the sunniest day.
  • The sun won't ever shine for hours after a heavy English rain.



  • It hails more often in the southern part of England than in Scotland.
  • The weather in England is mostly under the influence of the Atlantic winds.



  • The weather in England is generally neither too hot nor too cold.
  • This is because the Atlantic winds are cool in summer and mild in winter.



  • They say 'it's raining cats and dogs' when it's pouring with rain.
  • They say 'the old man is snoring' when it's snowing steadily.



  • If you want to skate in England you must always go to an artificial ice-rink.
  • English boys often play football in winter and they play cricket in summer.



  • When there is a pink sunrise in England bad weather is said to follow.
  • A pink and bright sunset is often followed by fine weather the next day.



  • A breeze is a light and soft kind of wind.
  • A blizzard is a violent and heavy snowstorm.



  • When it's misty the fog is as thick as possible.
  • When it's damp there will always be rain and fog.



  • When there's a heat wave it's hotter than usual.
  • You say 'it's sleeting' when the falling snow is mixed with rain.



  • You say 'it's drizzling' when it's raining in lots of small and fine drops.
  • It's hailing when frozen raindrops are falling from the sky.



  • A drought is a slight gust of wind coming in through an open window or door.
  • A drought means a continuous period of dry weather.



  • A draught is a current of air in a room or in the shade.
  • A paddle is a small pool of rainwater in the street.



  • A puddle is a small pool of rainwater on a road. It's usually dirty or muddy.
  • 'Mac' is the short form for 'mackintosh'- which means 'raincoat'.



  • You can never get suntanned if you don't go out in sunny weather.
  • A fine sunstroke in spring or summer will settle your nerves.



  • You can hardly get soaked through in a heavy shower.
  • A heavy thunderstorm doesn't necessarily means lightning and heavy rain.



  • Your raincoat isn't wet when you are soaked through.
  • Long droughts cause plants to grow faster than they do in dry weather.



  • There is never any dew in the morning after a calm night in spring.
  • When it's frosty the temperature is below the freezing-point of water.



  • All the country will be covered with snow when scattered snow is forecast.
  • 'Outbreaks of sunshine' means unexpected sunny weather.



  • There may be clouds in the sky when outbreaks of sunshine are forecast.
  • You'd better turn up your collar when it is muddy.



  • Weather 'forecast' is for a shorter time than 'outlook'.
  • 'Forecast' is more concrete in meaning - if there is any difference at all.



  • Patchy snow means long periods of sunshine even in winter.
  • A long and warm autumn can make grapes taste sweeter.



  • Long periods of rain with short periods of shower are quite usual in England.
  • When the barometer falls it may easily get broken on the floor.



  • An umbrella gives you no protection from the rain.
  • Putting on high boots will prevent you from splashing into puddles.



  • A fur coat is particularly useful on cooler summer days.
  • You don't usually wear gloves when it is hot or when you are eating.



  • A mac is more useful than an umbrella when it's not only rainy but windy too.
  • They put on sunglasses to protect shop-windows from the heat of the sun.



  • A heavy blizzard is usually more dangerous than an earthquake.
  • An overcoat will keep you warmer than a fur coat.



  • You should put on a waistcoat over your jacket when you feel chilly.
  • Wellingtons are most normally worn when you take a nice summer walk in town.



  • You'd better put on your Wellingtons when you go fishing in muddy weather.
  • A showerproof coat might soak through in a heavy shower of rain.



  • A waterproof coat is always rainproof. It will never get soaked through.
  • Rain is impossible when the sun is shining from the south in England.


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