One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dry north-westerly wind which blows during the summer in the eastern Mediterranean.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Despite some wind early on in the regatta, the expected meltemi did not stick around and the two days of finals were not only calm, but a light head wind contradicted all expectations.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
From modern Greek meltémi, Turkish meltem.
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