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the meltemi winds in greece
The meltemi winds are a local wind that blow from July though till September, with August being the strongest month. They are tough, wind speeds average 30+ knots with local area winds sometimes in the mid 40+ knots. Sea conditions are also rough wave hieghts can get to around 3-4 meters in open water.
The winds are caused when 2 pressure zones meet over the Aegean, one over greece and one over turkey, which is what we normally have most of the summer. The dodecanese suffer particularly hard as they tend to be more inthe Meltemi zone, then most of the other islands also hit hard are the Cyclades island group. When the Meltemi blows it is not advisable to go out unless you are a VERY EXPEREINECED SAILOR. Often even the ferries stay in port. The wind can blow for days. Many a charter has been ruined as the yacht has not left port or just not seen any islands. With a catarmaran in Meltemi conditions I wish you luck, not what I would choose to sail on in those types of conditions.
Have fun, and look on the bright side we may not have a bad Meltemi season, there have been years when it never arrived.......