The Meltem usually blows between mid June and late September, reaching its peak between late July and mid late August. The wind is predominantly Northwest or West but it tends to follow the coastline round. In Fethiye Bay for instance it blows from the South.
It usually starts about 11 am and continues until early evening although sometimes it will blow all night. It will peak at around 13;00 hrs. reaching a usual maximum of about 5 - 6 knots.
To the North of the sailing area the winds are strongest. Around the Gulf of Gulluk and Gokova the wind will quite often reach gale force though only for a short time, 25 knots is the usual average. Between Datca and Fethiye the winds slowly lose their strength and it is rare to see the wind blowing more than a force 5 knots in Fethiye Bay. More usually it blows a force 3 - 4 knots.
It picks up again round the Seven Gapes and gets back up to 6 and 7 knots between Kas and Antalya, throwing up quite a nasty chop. It's all right getting there but getting back to Marmaris can be very hard work!
Early and late season winds are less predictable, blowing anywhere from Northeast around Southwest. The wind to watch out for all this time is the Southwest, "lodos" as it is locally called. This can quite easily build up to gale or even storm force, particularly if accompanied by a cloud build up.
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