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Climate and Weather of Libya

Within Libya five different climatic zones have been recognized, but the dominant climatic influences are Mediterranean and Saharan. Both the Mediterranean Sea and the desert affect Libya's climate. In winter, the weather is cool with some rain on the coast and in the desert the temperature can drop to sub-freezing at night.

The Sahara is very dry and hot in summer and cool and dry in winter. Less than 2 percent of the national territory receives enough rainfall for settled agriculture. Temperatures in the summer can reach 50°C during the day but more commonly are around 40°C. Night temperatures can vary from 30°C to 40°C. If you don't like the heat then the best time for visiting the Sahara is from October to April, at this time average temperatures range from 15°C to 30°C during the day and from 5°C to 20°C at night.

You are unlikely to encounter rainfall in Libya. This is most likely in January or February and rarely lasts long. Often after the rains the desert comes to life with flowers and this generally happens in late February or March.

Are you interested in more detailed information for various cities in Libya?
Please select the city you plan to visit, or one closest to your destination. For each selected city, you will see the following graphs:
1. Yearly average minimum and maximum temperatures
2. Monthly averages of precipitation throughout the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Monthly average hours of sunshine throughout the year

Additionally, some pages provide historical weather data such as humidity, wind speed, and water temperature.

Places in Libya

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