Meaning of meltemi in English:


Pronunciation /mɛlˈtɛmi/


(also meltemi wind)
  • A dry north-westerly wind that blows during the summer in the eastern Mediterranean.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Modern Greek meltémi, Turkish meltem, of uncertain origin.