Les Suêtes (pron. 'lay-soo-wet') is a term used in Cape Breton coming from Acadian French for south‑east; "sud est". In the Northern Cape Breton Highlands strong south‑east winds, Les Suêtes, pick up speed across the open northern plateau and hurtle down the western side of the mountains, with gusts reaching 110 knots (200 km/h).