southwesterly

adverb or adjective

south·​west·​er·​ly sau̇(th)-ˈwe-stər-lē How to pronounce southwesterly (audio)
1
: from the southwest
2
: toward the southwest

Examples of southwesterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The majority of Milwaukee's fire weather conditions today are due to light and breezy southwesterly winds that will increase later this afternoon to include 30-to-35 mph gusts, said Patterson. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2024 That’s thanks to southwesterly breezes fairly noticeable much of the day, perhaps gusting to around 20 mph. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 Confidence: Medium-High Tomorrow night: A few clouds move in after midnight with a slight southwesterly breeze around. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 Even outside of thunderstorms, southwesterly winds could gust near 30 mph as the cold front setting off these storms and downpours approaches. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2023 Upper level winds will blow southwesterly through the evening, and surface winds will be north/northwesterly keeping the smoke from the Bedrock Fire confined to eastern Lane County and points south and east. oregonlive, 31 July 2023 Light southwesterly winds continue to pump in the hot and humid air (dew points in the mid-70s), buying low temperatures around the mid-70s to 80 degrees downtown. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 28 July 2023 Raised by her aunt, Suzume now lives in Kyushu, the most southwesterly of Japan’s main islands. Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2023 The temperature climbed into the low 90s Monday afternoon as sunshine and a strong southwesterly breeze combined to heat us up about 20 degrees above normal. Kxas-Tv (nbc5), Dallas News, 3 Apr. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

southwest entry 2 + -erly (as in westerly)

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of southwesterly was in 1703

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Cite this Entry

“Southwesterly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/southwesterly. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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southwesterly

adverb or adjective
south·​west·​er·​ly sau̇(th)-ˈwes-tər-lē How to pronounce southwesterly (audio)
1
: from the southwest
2
: toward the southwest

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