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A strong, blustery south-west wind in the Strait of Gibraltar and on the southern and south-eastern coasts of Spain. It occurs with depressions from late autumn to early spring, and is often accompanied by violent squalls and thunder. It may be particularly strong in the Straits of Gibraltar because of the funnelling effect between the Atlas Mountains and the Spanish highlands. See also levanter.

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