The Climate of, and Weather in, the Languedoc: Wind: Le
Vent Sirocco or Scirocco
depression moves into the central Mediterranean
a strong southerly wind can develop ahead of it near North Africa, which
can be very hot and dry and carry dust. If the conditions are right these winds
move across the Mediterranean
Sea picking up moisture from the sea and by the time they reach Europe they
bring warm, humid air and low cloud .
The Scirocco is a south wind.
It brings hot dry air from Africa - which can be uncomfortable in a particularly
This wind blows only rarely,
and then only for a few hours.
If you find
everything for miles around covered by a fine film of sand, you can be confident
that the Scirocco has brought it from the Sahara Desert.
The Sirocco causes dusty, dry conditions along the northern
coast of Africa and storms in the Mediterranean
Sea. It may last for between half a day or many days.
Many people attribute health problems to the Sirocco. The
dust carried by it can damage mechanical devices and invade
Winds with speeds of almost 100 kilometers
per hour (55 knots, hurricane-force) are most common during the autumn and the
spring. They reach peaks in March and in November.
Scirocco and Sirocco
are Italian names. Jugo is the name used in Croatia and ghibli in
to: The Cers Wind ||
Next Page: The