Cold Winds – Mistral
These are Local Winds.
The local cold winds originate in the snow-capped mountains during winter and move down the slopes towards the valleys.
They are known by different names in different areas.
Mistrals are most common local cold winds.
They originate on the Alps and move over France towards the Mediterranean Sea through the Rhone valley.
They are very cold, dry and high velocity winds.
They bring down temperature below freezing point in areas of their influence.
People in these areas protect their orchards and gardens by growing thick hedges and build their houses facing the Mediterranean Sea.