Describe An Occasion When The Weather Prevented You From Doing Something – IELTS Speaking Cue Card
Describe an occasion when the weather prevented you from doing something.
You should say:
- When it was?
- Why does it prevent your activity?
- What did you do?
- And explain how you felt about it?
Sample Answer 1
Diving back into the memory lane, I cannot find too many instances when the weather would have prevented me from doing something. However, one such occasion that I can recall is when I was flying from Bangalore to Delhi.
To be honest, Bangalore is known for wild thunderstorms and unpredictable weather conditions. Often, it leads to delays in flights owing to the inherent risk of flying in stormy weather.
A few months ago, unfortunately, my flight was canceled because of adverse weather conditions. I remember being anxious and constantly looking at the weather forecast the day I had to fly. The experts had predicted a storm; however, the likelihood was only 30%. I was also hooked on the website of the airline. Being sure that the flight was going to depart as per the plan, I made my way to the airport.
Upon arriving at the airport, things were not looking too hopeful. The board showed my flight as delayed by a couple of hours. Also, airline representatives didn’t have a lot of information to offer, but they kept reassuring us that the flights were going to depart.
After ten minutes, my flight’s status changed to ‘canceled’. From the terminal windows, I could see storm clouds rolling in. No wonder all flights had to be canceled. I felt a bit helpless. However, I didn’t let the anxiety get over me. Rather, I spent my time talking to people, recording the chaos on my phone, and taking a nap until everything was settled and I got a chance to come back home on another flight.
Sample Answer 2
(When it was?) I can never forget this incident when the weather spoilt our celebrations. It happened a few years ago. My dad was the secretary of the apartment, and we were planning to celebrate Diwali. Suddenly, he was assigned a task by his boss and had to travel to Nagpur. So my mom and I decided to take over.
(Why does it prevent your activity?) (What did you do?)
We decorated the apartment heavily. We purchased crackers, flower pots, and rockets. We also arranged many fun-filled activities. Neither did it occur to me nor my mom to give a thought to the weather. Diwali falls in November and when we usually have rain from Northeast monsoons. Finally, the day arrived, and the entire apartment was excited about the celebrations.
We had planned for the events at 10:00 AM, and everyone gathered on the terrace. We had ordered nearly 200 samosas and some fruit juices. Luckily they were kept in a room. My mom picked up the mic and started with a welcome address. No sooner than she finished it, it began to drizzle. We did not pay much attention to it and thought it would stop. The first event was musical chairs. We switched on the tape recorder, and the power went off. The rain had gathered strength, and soon we were feeling heavy droplets of water on us. It was followed by lightning and thunder. One of the residents pointed out that the sky had dark clouds. We had no option but to stop the celebrations. We came back to our houses. Much to our dismay, it rained the whole day. We had to go to every house in person and distribute the eateries. But we could not do anything about the crackers and flower pots.
(And explain how you felt about it?)
Then we sent an email to all the residents stating that the celebrations were postponed. Two days later, my dad arrived and was laughing at our stupidity. My mom and I felt very bad. We knew that the residents were disappointed too. Since the crackers were kept in the room, they escaped damage. We were cursing our folly of planning the events without considering the weather.
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- Spoilt: to change something exciting into bad
Eg: The sudden rain spoilt our plans to spend the night out.
- Gathered: to come at one place in a group
Eg: After the team leader’s announcement, we gathered in the cafeteria.
- Drizzle: light rain
Example: The unexpected drizzle filled us with ecstasy.
- Dismay: a strong feeling of sadness or disappointment
Eg: To my dismay, I realized it was time to switch my job to another city.
- Cursing: to be rude to somebody and use foul language
Eg: Finding him drunk, Ammy cursed the actions of her husband.
- Folly: lacking good sense or acting foolish
Eg: His folly would have landed all of us in big trouble.
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