Easterly winds are trade winds that flow in the equatorial region (between 30°N and 30°S). These are prevailing winds that flow from the east to west. These are strengthened during the winter season. In India, active eastery winds bring in moisture from the Bay of Bengal. This favors cloud formation and rainfall. The recent unusual rains in Maharashtra is being attributed to these winds. This is expected to be harmful for standing crops of grapes, strawberries, etc.