Levant - A gentle summer wind

Levant - A gentle summer wind

The levant is an easterly wind, and small variations in its direction are caused by long channels between islands, which mostly stretch in the east - west direction. This wind blows both in good anticyclonal weather, as well as when it brings humid and cloudy weather to areas of low pressure on the Croatian coast. In the first case it is a thermal wind, which blows from dawn until the land has warmed up, turning afterwards into mistral. This wind blows more often in the central and southern Adriatic than in its northern part.


When ships sailed without engines, the levant was used to cross channels separating the islands from the coast and to deliver various goods in the morning hours, then the ships would return to their island harbours on the mistral wind in the afternoon hours. Nowadays the same mechanisms can be used for recreation. If you enjoy waking up early, sailing in the morning on this wind, which never blows too strongly can be a fun and beautiful experience, and you can use it to sail westward with the wind, which can be a pleasant change of pace during the summer.


If the levant does not calm down until noon and it intensifies instead, and the sky becomes cloudy, this points to a changing of the weather and you should look for a safe harbour soon. In this case the levant is similar to the southern wind, although blowing from the east, and its direction depends on the low pressure area. In this case, the levant is a gradient, and not a thermal wind.

 As the cyclone approaches the Adriatic, the levant becomes a purely southern wind, and the eastern wind may blow as a variation of the bora.


However, sailors consider this a mild wind, characterised by its constant intensity, which never reaches stormy proportions and causes long, uniform waves making it a favourite of boaters because it allows for sailing in ideal conditions.