IELTS Cue Card: Day when you thought the weather was perfect

Day when you thought the weather was perfect

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 176 with Model Answer:

Describe a day when you thought the weather was perfect.

You should 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.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:
It was a hot summer day. I was planning to move inside the city of Paris in France. The weather was perfect for a stroll in the city.

Usually, I do not get out in the noon as the sun is too hot and the heat becomes unbearable. But I tried to do something unusual and started to move in the city of Paris. In fact, I had never taken leisurely walks in the city during the noon. So, this was a great experience to me. I had a sunglass in my eyes and a cap on head. Thereby, the heat had less effect on me. This was a sunny day of mid-June in 2015. As a student of the local university and a part-timer at a coffee shop, I did not get enough holidays but I took a day off on the day so that I could get around the city as the regular works and studies were a bit droning for me.   

The day was bright and the sky was clear with a burning sun. Besides, there was some breeze which made the heat bearable to some extent. Initially, the weather was dull in the morning and I thought that it might rain, but my idea was wrong. Within an hour, the weather turned back to its natural form. The clouds were floating in the sky and the sun started shining. It was a perfect weather for taking a swim at any beach, but alas! There were no beaches near me where I could jump off. But I wandered the streets of the city, alone. None agreed to accompany me on the mid noon under the sun. Besides, the low wind was passing on which made the walking comfortable and I saw many of the people were doing the same. But some of them were walking with umbrellas or through the shaded areas. 

I had no exact plan about passing the day. So, I thought that I should walk along the streets and if I find something suitable for me, I should take part in. Accordingly, I started for the stroll under the burning sun. Suddenly, after walking for around half an hour, I met with one of my university friends who was going for watching a cinema at the adjacent theatre and proposed me to accompany him. But I humbly declined his proposal as I am unwilling to confine myself in a theatre whereas I am out to explore the city. So, started walking again, and when I felt thirst, I bought an ice-cream from a street vendor. After strolling for about one and half hour, I decided to take a rest. I took a seat at the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. I passed about half an hour there and then started for my place again.

In fact, the summer is too hot in Paris and if you are out of the home without any protective measures, I am sure you are to suffer a lot. The first annoying thing is that you will sweat a lot, and have to carry a large hankie to remove the sweats from your face and body. This is a common issue for many of the people travelling in Paris at noon. Moreover, there are less shaded areas where you could take a shelter. But on the day when I got out, it was perfect as the sun was bright in moderate level. Though the sun heat was almost unbearable, the mild breeze has made it easier for me to take the walk. Usually, the summer days are hot and the temperature does not fall to a tolerable level, but on that day, there were some changes in the temperature. At the afternoon, the temperature fell to a great extent and walking became easier for me.

Part 3: Discussion topics:

Types of weather:

Q. What types of weather do people in your country dislike most? Why is that?
Well, people in France like hot weather most as the days are filled with heat. The scorching sun makes life unbearable. Most of the people are against the summer days as they cannot continue their regular tasks. Sometimes, they are unable to go outside under the hot sun and if they are to go, they take different preventive measure. Sometimes, the people take umbrellas with them or use sunscreens to protect them from the ultraviolet ray emitted from the sun. They dislike sun most for another reason. During the summer days, most of the time the tourists in Paris do not come out to roam around the city, in fact, nobody does so. As a result, the people who are engaged with the street business cannot have a good business during the daytime and they cannot keep their stores open round the night. Moreover, the common citizens of Paris are also irritated with the sun. They are always in need of air cooler and running air coolers around the months is expensive as well. For all such reasons, many of the people do not prefer the summer days.

Q. What jobs can be affected by different weather conditions? Why?
Thanks for the question. There are different professions which could be affected by the weather and climatic conditions. Mostly the professions dealing with the outside activities get affected by the weather changes. Agriculture suffers most for the climatic changes like sudden floods or natural disasters etc. affect most to the sector and the farmers have nothing to do with the changes. Besides, in the city areas, there are many people who sell products on streets and they also have to suffer to some extent by different weather conditions. Moreover, people working in the coastal areas are also affected by weather conditions. When there are sudden changes in the weather pattern, they are to risk their lives and living.

Q. Are there any important festivals in your country that celebrate a season or type of weather? 
Well, it is a matter of regret that there are no such festivals in my country, France. There are a good number of festivals and celebrations available but none of them celebrates any specific type of weather. Seasons come and seasons depart and it is natural that people will continue their respective tasks in different seasons. They celebrate different national and private events but there are no such initiatives to celebrate any seasons. I think there are no such celebrations of seasons as the people are unsatisfied with them. The majority of the people participate in the national celebrations round the year while some of the tourists are also seen participating there. National holidays are always observed by the people and they generally take a break from their regular works on the day.  

Weather forecasts: 

Q. How important do you think it is for everyone to check what the next day’s weather will be? Why?
I think it will be a good idea to check the next day’s weather. The people who will check the weather will be benefitted from several aspects. The first and most important benefits will be that they will remain aware of the weather conditions. Usually, the weather forecasts declare a tentative schedule of the weather and the people who will check the forecasts may be able to take the necessary measures after the declaration. If it rains, they may take precautions like carrying an umbrella or a raincoat with them. Or if there are chances of storms, they may not get out of the home or even if they are out of the home, they may take shelter to any suitable place before the storm kicks off. If the forecasts say about snowing, they may take snow prevention gears, or take necessary measures at the garage so that they could start their car in the morning amid the snowing.

Q. What is the best way to get accurate information about the weather? 
Umm … there are no exact ways to get informed about the weather conditions as it changes randomly. But I think listening to weather forecasts on radio or television is one of the best ways. Moreover, there are some weather apps available for the smartphones. Since everyone, in the present days, use smartphones, they could download the apps and check the weather condition periodically. Besides, one can also understand about the weather by using their senses. When the sky will be cloudy, it naturally points that there is something wrong with the weather and it may rain. If the cloud is accompanied by strong winds, there are chances of a storm. If the day is bright and hot, it points that this is a sunny day. Easy!

Q. How easy or difficult is it to predict the weather in your country? Why is that?  
Well, it is easy to predict the weather conditions in my country. Usually, the summer days are hot while it is too cold in the winter. But the predictions may not be always correct. During the summer days, it is easier to predict about the weather and in the other seasons, it is a bit troublesome to predict about the weather condition. During the monsoon, there are rains but not all the time. Sometimes the sky is clear with a dark blue shade and clouds fly freely. But in the summer, it does not rain for a single drop. In winter, sometimes it turns difficult to check if the sun is up or not for the dull weather. Thereby, I think it is a bit difficult to predict the weather conditions. Sometimes it has happened that the weather forecast was about snowing in the next day but in reality the day was bright.