Reading -Intermediate Level
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Reading – Intermediate Level
Weather in the U.K
The weather affects everyone, and everyone has something to say about the
weather. This is especially true in a country like the UK that has very changeable
weather. In the UK the weather from one day to the next can be completely
different, or even from the morning to the afternoon. The weather can change
from being rainy one day to sunny the next, or from strong wind and gales in the
morning to snow in the afternoon.
In the UK there are four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter, and the
weather is different in each of them. However, there is not a sudden change
between the seasons. The end of the winter season is the same as the start of
the spring season. It takes several weeks for the weather to change enough for
people to notice the difference.
The summer is the season with the best weather. In general, it is hot and sunny
with only a little rain sometimes. However, it can sometimes be cold and wet for
one or two weeks at a time. British people like to spend a lot of time outside
when it is nice in the summer. After the summer is the autumn. In this season the
weather gets colder and there are stronger winds, also it will rain more. All the
leaves will start to fall off the trees as it is cold. Frost might start to form on the
ground towards the end of the autumn.
Winter is the coldest season in the UK. The temperature will often be at zero
degrees Celsius. This means that ice will often form on the ground overnight where
there were puddles. This makes it difficult to walk sometimes. There might also be
snow, but the UK does not get much snow, mainly just cold rain in the winter. Then
when winter ends the spring starts. The temperature will start to get warmer and the
winds will not be as strong. Plants start to grow again and new leaves form. It is
always nice when the spring starts as it means the nice weather in the summer is
nearly back again.
Many people in the UK complain about the weather, but as the weather changes so
much it is very interesting and gives the people something to talk about all year
Do Whales Sleep ?
Whales are mammals, so in many ways, they are just like human beings. The most
important difference is that humans and whales live in different environments
and whales have a special respiratory system that enables them to stay
underwater for several minutes without breathing oxygen. For this reason, they
are said to be voluntary breathers. That is, because of whales underwater
environment, they must be conscious breathers. They think about every breath
they take and come up to the surface of the water to breathe through blowholes
on top of their heads.
What is outstanding about whales is the way they can sleep. While all mammals
sleep, whales cannot afford to become unconscious for long because they may
drown. The only way they can sleep is by remaining partially conscious. It is
believed that only one hemisphere of the whale’s brain sleeps at a time, so they
rest but are never completely asleep. They can do so most probably near the
surface so that they can come up for air easily.
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