What Is the Difference Between Land Breeze and Sea Breeze?

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A land breeze, also called an offshore breeze, is created when land starts cooling off in the evening, causing the wind to blow from the land over the sea. A sea breeze, or onshore breeze, develops over the water due to rising land temperatures. This usually occurs during the day.

Land breezes are normally not as strong as sea breezes, which can get quite gusty. While it's not uncommon for sea breezes to reach speeds up to 20 knots, land breezes normally range anywhere from 5 to 8 knots. Land breezes also die down quickly in the morning as the land becomes warmer.