Sea breeze

From Glossary of Meteorology



sea breeze

A coastal local wind that blows from sea to land, caused by the temperature difference when the sea surface is colder than the adjacent land.

Therefore, it usually blows on relatively calm, sunny, summer days, and alternates with the oppositely directed, usually weaker, nighttime land breeze. As the sea breeze regime progresses, the wind develops a component parallel to the coast, owing to the Coriolis deflection.
See lake breeze, brisa, doctor, virazon, sea-breeze front.

Defant, F. 1951. Compendium of Meteorology. 655–672.