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

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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 Light southwesterly winds could also help keep temperatures steady or rising a degree or two. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Potentially dangerous wind chills — well below zero at times — through at least Saturday night," 5 Jan. 2018 Winds will turn southwesterly overnight, bringing milder air Wednesday through Friday. Gary Lessor,, "Sunny, With Temps In The 30s For Tuesday," 12 Feb. 2018 Sunny skies are coupled with southwesterly (warm direction!) breezes around 10 mph, and mainly sunny skies! A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Snow to accumulate lightly this afternoon, with highest totals east and northeast," 15 Dec. 2017

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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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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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