(also meltemi wind)
A dry northwesterly wind that blows during the summer in the eastern Mediterranean. Also called etesian wind.
- The meltemi winds are known by old Greeks as the Etesian northern winds and are not viewed in a bad way as they bring cooler weather, low humidity and good visibility.
- The legendary meltemi winds are so sudden and so strong that they play havoc with ferry schedules to the islands, so you can imagine what they do to a tiny rowing shell.
- As the day has progressed the meltemi winds have been reducing and as of 14.00 EST there was a strong tail wind coming directly down the 2000 metre course from the north.
From modern Greek meltémi, Turkish meltem.
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