adverb or adjective
south·​east·​er·​ly | \ sau̇th-ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce southeasterly (audio) , sau̇-ˈē- \

Definition of southeasterly

1 : from the southeast
2 : toward the southeast

Examples of southeasterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Afternoon southeasterly breezes could gust around 20 mph at times. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2022 An area of low pressure over southeastern Pennsylvania will cause an east to southeasterly flow across the region on Thursday resulting in variable cloudiness with high temperatures in the 70s and lower 80s. Hartford Courant, 7 July 2022 The National Weather Service says the southerly to southeasterly flow will bring rain up from northern California. oregonlive, 17 June 2022 This helps raise the dew point a bit, as moisture levels increase slightly, and milder air starts moving in on very light southeasterly breezes. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2022 Grass continued to burn along the southern flank towards Silver Creek and is moving southeasterly towards Sand Creek and French Creek, according to the Inciweb update. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2021 Winds will be southeasterly and may be breezy at times in the afternoon, especially near the Cascades. oregonlive, 3 May 2021 Temperatures won’t be anywhere close to that cold tonight, as a light southeasterly flow off the ocean will prevent them from falling off very much. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2020 In a forecast discussion posted on the National Hurricane Center site, it was noted that the storm’s development is being limited by southeasterly shear and nearby dry air. Roger Simmons,, 25 Aug. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of southeasterly

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for southeasterly

southeast entry 2 + -erly (as in easterly)

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“Southeasterly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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adverb or adjective
south·​east·​er·​ly | \ sau̇th-ˈē-stər-lē How to pronounce southeasterly (audio) \

Kids Definition of southeasterly

1 : from the southeast southeasterly gales
2 : toward the southeast a southeasterly direction

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Nglish: Translation of southeasterly for Spanish Speakers


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