The Reading / Listening - Extreme Heat - Level 5

Scientists have warned that the world will experience more extreme heat. Experts from Copernicus, the EU's Earth Observation Programme, analysed world temperatures from satellites, weather stations and other databases around the globe. They said their figures indicated a high likelihood of an increase in extreme temperatures. They said it was the second warmest June on record for Europe and that there were heatwaves over western North America. Many high temperature records were broken in areas of Canada and the USA.

Meteorologists in the UK said: "We are getting used to record high temperatures being recorded somewhere around the world every year now." They said many regions are experiencing more heatwaves. They added that high temperature records are being broken by worryingly larger margins. They reported that Canada's recent "heat dome" weather event was an example "not just of extreme temperatures, but of extraordinarily extreme temperatures." The scientists warned that an increasingly warmer world would result in more droughts and heat-related deaths.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Extreme Heat - Level 4 or  Extreme Heat - Level 6

Sources
  • https://news.yahoo.com/record-june-temperatures-point-more-070713023.html
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/07/06/california-west-heat-wave/
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/05/weather/weather-outlook-elsa-heat-drought-wxn/index.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the world will experience more
  2. Experts
  3. weather
  4. figures indicated a high
  5. an increase in extreme
  6. the second warmest June
  7. heatwaves over western North
  8. records were broken in
  1. America
  2. likelihood
  3. areas of Canada
  4. from Copernicus
  5. stations
  6. temperatures
  7. on record
  8. extreme heat

Paragraph 2

  1. getting used to record high
  2. recorded somewhere
  3. high temperature records
  4. by worryingly larger
  5. Canada's recent "heat dome"
  6. an increasingly
  7. result in more
  8. heat-
  1. related deaths
  2. weather event
  3. temperatures
  4. are being broken
  5. droughts
  6. margins
  7. around the world
  8. warmer world

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have (1) ___________________ world will experience more extreme heat. Experts from Copernicus, the EU's Earth Observation Programme, analysed (2) ___________________ satellites, weather stations (3) ___________________ around the globe. They said their figures (4) ___________________ likelihood of an increase in extreme temperatures. They said it was the second warmest June (5) ___________________ Europe and that there were heatwaves over western North America. Many high temperature records were (6) ___________________ of Canada and the USA.

Meteorologists in the UK said: "We are (7) ___________________ record high temperatures being recorded somewhere around the world every year now." They (8) ___________________ are experiencing more heatwaves. They added that high temperature records are (9) ___________________ worryingly larger margins. They reported that Canada's (10) ___________________ weather event was an example "not (11) ___________________ temperatures, but of extraordinarily extreme temperatures." The scientists warned that an increasingly warmer world would result (12) ___________________ and heat-related deaths.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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.ExpertsfromCopernicus,theEU'sEarthObservationProgramme,anal
ysedworldtemperaturesfromsatellites,weatherstationsandotherdat
abasesaroundtheglobe.Theysaidtheirfiguresindicatedahighlikelihoo
dofanincreaseinextremetemperatures.Theysaiditwasthesecondwar
mestJuneonrecordforEuropeandthattherewereheatwavesoverwest
ernNorthAmerica.Manyhightemperaturerecordswerebrokeninareas
ofCanadaandtheUSA.MeteorologistsintheUKsaid:"Wearegettinguse
dtorecordhightemperaturesbeingrecordedsomewherearoundthewo
rldeveryyearnow."Theysaidmanyregionsareexperiencingmoreheat
waves.Theyaddedthathightemperaturerecordsarebeingbrokenbyw
orryinglylargermargins.TheyreportedthatCanada'srecent"heatdom
e"weathereventwasanexample"notjustofextremetemperatures,but
ofextraordinarilyextremetemperatures."Thescientistswarnedthata
nincreasinglywarmerworldwouldresultinmoredroughtsandheat-rel
ateddeaths.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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