What are the characteristics of westerlies?

Characteristics of westerlies:

  • They blow in the middle latitudes between 35 and 65 degrees latitude.
  • They blow from the subtropical high-pressure belts towards sub-polar low-pressure belts. 
  • The winds blow from the southwest in the Northern Hemisphere and from the northwest in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The westerlies of the Southern hemisphere are more robust and constant than the westerlies of the Northern hemisphere.
  • They play an important role in carrying the warm, equatorial waters and winds to the western coasts of continents.

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