The westerlies are also much confused and interrupted by storms, whence their designation of stormy westerlies.
The “westerlies” meet “easterlies” from the polar highs at about 50-60° N. and S.
Its winds are then largely of the purely planetary type, such as trade winds and westerlies.
Their rainfall regime is alternately that of the westerlies and of the trades.
The south temperate zone being chiefly water, the westerlies are but little disturbed there by continental effects.
Surface winds known as “westerlies” flow from the Horse Latitudes toward the poles.
South of Africa and Australia, also, the westerlies are remarkably steady and strong.
On the polar margins of the trade-wind zone lie the sub-tropical belts, of alternating trades and westerlies.
On the other hand, we should have liked to be able to take advantage of the prevailing winds, -- the westerlies.
In winter the westerlies give moderate rains, chiefly on the south-western coast.
late 15c., "in a westerly direction; facing toward the west," from Middle English wester (adj.) "western" (mid-14c.), from Old English westra, variant of westerne (see western) + -ly (2). Cf. Old Norse (adv.). Middle English also had a verb wester "to go west." Related: Westerlies (n.). Somewhat contradictory sense of "coming from the west" attested by 1570s.
A wind, especially a prevailing wind, that blows from the west. The prevailing winds in the middle latitudes are westerlies. See illustration at wind.