What are Local Winds?

Local winds blow over a particular place over a certain period of time. These winds may be warm or cold depending on the area from which they blow.

Loo is a local wind that blows in the plains of northern Indian and Pakistan during hot summer. Its temperature ranges between 45°C and 50°C, causing sunstroke in people who are directly exposed.

Chinook is the hot local winds that blow over the USA and Canada. Because of its warmth, the wind keeps the grasslands clear of any snow.

Mistral is the local cold winds that originate over snow-capped mountains and blow towards the valleys. They are known by different names in different places. The most famous mistral is the wind which blows from the Alps over France towards the Mediterranean Sea. The winds bring down the temperature to a near freezing point.


Also, Read Pressure belts and types of winds