IELTS Cue Card Sample 469 - Describe a day when the weather was perfect

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a day when you thought the weather was perfect.

Please say:

  • where you were on this day
  • what the weather was like on this day
  • what you did during the day

and explain why you thought the weather was perfect on this day.

Sample Answer 1:
Days before the winter are perfect, I think, for travelling across the beaches in Florida. The days remain sunny and clouds float on the air with a light shape. In such a day, I went to Clearwater Beach on last month and had some wonderful moments.

The Clearwater Beach is located on the west central coast of Florida and the entire area is divided into several parts- residential and resorts. The locality is famous for its white sandy beaches. The beach is around four kilometers in length. Different water vehicles and ships always occupy the harbor. Besides, there are some restaurants available to cater the needs of travelers in the locality. Usually, a large flock of the visitors get engaged with the leisure activities like jet ski driving, travel on boats, parasailing, golfing, fishing etc. on the beach. In such days, the beach area remains crowded by thousands of local and foreign tourists.

The beach is considered as one of the best beaches in the USA and the resorts also famous for their world class service. Besides, the weather was sunny and clear. Right before the winter, there are some changes in the weather pattern. But fortunately, there were little such changes found and thus I planned for the trip. Actually, I had long been planning that I will rise early in morning and pass an entire day at the Clearwater Beach in such a sunny weather. But hardly I could manage time then for my classes and exams. Since my exams were over, I was a bit relaxed and made the day out for me, alone. If the weather was cloudy, I could not have done the trip in Clearwater Beach. I think I had to wait for some other day to make it happen.

After breakfast on the day, my first destination was to reach the beach on foot (this was a 15-minute walk from my home in Florida). Earlier I had lost my shoes and decided to move now on barefoot. Arriving at the beach, I selected a place to make my camp with the umbrella. I walked for around half an hour on the beach. The sands were wet by waves and I felt no sun heat reflected from them. I took a boat tour for the next one hour. Visiting the Clearwater marine aquarium was another great experience for me. Though I visited the place with dad, it was my first solo visit. I planned to have a ride on the waterski but discarded the idea due to the unusual waiting line. Just before the noon, I swam on the beach for half an hour. In fact, I played with some kids on water than swimming.   

Usually, the Florida weather is almost unpredictable. Though it rains heavily in October for the subtropical climatic condition, fall makes late to appear and summer does the same. In such conditions, the weather remains sunny only for few days. I took the chance and made my day. The day started with a bright sun and fortunately, I had no important tasks to complete. The college being closed for three days made it more convenient for me to go out. Considering all the aspects, I thought the weather was perfect for going to the beach. At the end of the day, I really enjoyed the perfect weather.


 

Sample Answer 2:
Thank you very much for this candidate task card and the opportunity to let me talk about a day when the weather was just perfect.  

It would be around 4 to 5 months ago and I was supposed to meet my friends at our college campus in the morning. This was a weekend and we planned to visit a local park and then play cricket in our college playground. The wind was chilly the previous night and that is why I took a jacket with me. The sun, however, unlike the past few days, was shining brightly and the sky was clear and blue. Just after I reached the college campus, I found that my friends were already there. Together we walked to the park and spent an hour there. In fact, this was our favourite park and we often visited it during our college days. The sweet and gentle breeze in the park was quite comfortable. I checked the temperature on my smartphone and it showed that the temperature was 17-degree celsius. The weather forecast said that the weather on this day would be quite comfortable and it would be a sunny day. Though weather forecasts are often proven wrong, this was not the case on this day! The slight possibility of fog on the weather forecast was also true but not before 11.00 pm at night.

After we left the park, we ate burgers at a local fast food restaurant and brought balls, stamps, bats and other equipment from a friend's house to play cricket. We played cricket for approximately 2 hours and I bowled for more than 7-8 overs. The humidity was so good that even after we played for a long, we were not perspiring. The wind did not bother our playing at all. What could we expect more that that!  

I went home at around 2.30 pm and was tired. After I took a shower, I slept for a while and went out for a walk with my mother in the evening.

The mild temperature, the sunshine, soothing humidity, gentle breeze, and the season made it a perfect day to hang out with friends, play outdoor games and take a walk in the evening. I was outside for the most part of the day and it was neither cold not too hot. Previous few weeks were almost freezing cold and we hardly saw the sun during this time. However, the day I am talking about had been an exceptionally bright and sunny day with the clear blue sky and gentle wind. This was just a perfect weather everyone in our town could wish for!

 

Part 3: Discussion topics:

Types of weather:
Q. What types of weather do people in your country dislike most? Why is that?
Answer: In England, it rains all the time and it's really cold here on such days. I think that most people hate when it's raining and windy at the same time, because apart from the fact that they can't see anything and want to move forward, the pressure of the wind makes them go backwards. Something else that really gets me on my nerves is that my clothes get wet and I can't use my umbrella because of the wind.  

Tip: You can also say that you don't like the hot weather or even the snow. Just think of the weather in your country and mention which is the worst one for you.

Q. What jobs can be affected by different weather conditions? Why?
Answer: It seems to me that different weather conditions can affect different occupations. Builders and farmers are negatively affected if it rains heavily.  For example, if the weather is rainy people who works outside  cannot work properly. Pilots and ice-cream sellers are two other professions that are affected by bad weather as well. In the first case, rain, snow and wind have a great impact on schedules while for the ice cream sellers, the volume of sales and whole business depends on the season and weather.

Q. Are there any important festivals in your country that celebrate a season or type of weather?
Answer: I cannot recall such festivals or celebrations in my country. However, I am certain in many countries this is quite a common trend to celebrate different weathers and seasons. For instance, the first day of the year, Rainy season, Autumn and Spring are often celebrated in India and Bangladesh. If we look back in our history, our ancestors mostly celebrated different festivals which were based on different seasons and weathers.       

Tip: Think of different kinds of festivals in your own country and mention few of them and how they are celebrated.  

If there is no such festivals in your country, simply state that this types of festivals are not celebrated in your country. Just remember, if the answer is negative, don't be upset that you said very few words. As mentioned, not all of your answers can be extended.


Weather forecasts:
Q. How important do you think it is for everyone to check what the next day’s weather will be? Why?
Answer: It's very necessary to know the weather forecast because people should know the type of clothes they should put on. For example, if it's going to rain, they'll wear boots, jacket and of course take an umbrella with them. In addition, it's important for the means of transport they are going to use, for instance, if they want to go to work by  car, bus or on foot. Finally, if they have any kind of plans they should be informed about the weather conditions because their plans can be ruined by bad weather. So I would say people's activity, dress and type of vehicles they will take depends on weather condition and that is why they should always check the next day's weather. From my experience I can say that people do not do that, often suffer and regret a lot.

Q. What is the best way to get accurate information about the weather?
Answer: I would say that watching the weather forecast on TV or the internet is the best ways to be informed about the weather conditions. But, we should be very careful because the internet can provide inaccurate information so we must be sure that the site we have access  is reliable. Apart from that cross checking different TV channels and websites is another good idea to get more accurate weather forecasting.

Q. How easy or difficult is it to predict the weather in your country? Why is that?

Answer: It's really difficult to predict accurate weather condition in my country because the weather in England fluctuates a lot. For example, a few days ago when I woke up at 9 am, the sun was shining and ten minutes later it started raining heavily. Two hours later the wind was blowing and for the rest of the day, the weather was like that. The only thing that is standard is the low temperature in the winter. The weather forecast thus often quite tough and unpredictable in England.  

Tip: Talk about the weather condition and percentages of the accurate weather forecast in your country. In many countries, this is really predictable. For example, in Greece the winter is cold and the summer is really hot. In some other countries, it's totally unpredictable. Just analyse it as much as you can and speak accordingly.

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