adverb or adjective
south·​west·​er·​ly | \ sau̇(th)-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce southwesterly (audio) \

Definition of southwesterly

1 : from the southwest
2 : toward the southwest

Examples of southwesterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Portland is sitting under a mild southwesterly flow allowing for warm early morning temps that stuck around 50-55 overnight. oregonlive, "Portland metro Wednesday weather: Mostly cloudy, slight chances for rain late; high 70," 29 Apr. 2020 Winds stay light southwesterly outside of any storms. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "D.C. area forecast: Late-day thunderstorms could be strong to severe," 7 Apr. 2020 Temperatures reach near 50 again today before the real warm-up arrives tomorrow, as southwesterly flow sends 60s our way. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Starting a little stretch of spring; stormier pattern by midweek," 2 Feb. 2020 However, strong southwesterly vertical wind shear and dry air have caused the low-level center of the storm to become less organized. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Tropical Storm Sebastien expected to weaken after weekend," 22 Nov. 2019 Highs spin clockwise, ushering in southwesterly flow on their departing side. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "An atmospheric river is drenching parts of Alaska after a stretch of scorching weather," 6 Aug. 2019 With weak southwesterly flow aloft, thunderstorm cells will move slowly toward the northeast. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Storms, some with very heavy rain and flooding potential, likely at times through Saturday," 31 May 2018 As intensifying low pressure moves east out of Minnesota into northern Wisconsin during the next 24 hours, winds will become southwesterly and gradually strengthen, gusting over 30 mph Friday night into Saturday. Tom Skilling,, "Strengthening winds kick in later Friday, cold Easter ahead," 30 Mar. 2018 By Monday, the upper flow pattern will shift more southwesterly, allowing low pressure to develop in the central Plains and move northeast. Tom Skilling,, "Cool winds Sunday, and rain likely Monday," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of southwesterly

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for southwesterly

southwest entry 2 + -erly (as in westerly)

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“Southwesterly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of southwesterly

: located in or moving toward the southwest
: blowing from the southwest


adverb or adjective
south·​west·​er·​ly | \ sau̇th-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce southwesterly (audio) \

Kids Definition of southwesterly

1 : from the southwest southwesterly breezes
2 : toward the southwest a southwesterly direction

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