Climate and Average Weather in 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 degrees Celsius (122° Fahrenheit) during the day but more commonly are around 40°C (104°F). Night temperatures can vary from 30 to 40°C (86-104°F). 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 to 30°C (59-86°F) during the day and from 5 to 20°C (41-68°F) 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.

Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information?
Please select the city below you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperatures over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.

Places in Libya

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