Average weather and climate 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 the winter, the weather is cool with some rain on the coast and in the drier the desert temperature can drop to sub-freezing at night.
The Sahara is very dry and hot in the summer and cool and dry in the winter. Less than 2 percent of the national territory receives enough rainfall for settled agriculture. Temperatures in the summer can reach 50 degrees celcius during the day but more commonly are around 40°C. Night temperatures can vary from 30 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 to 30°C during the day and from 5 to 20°C at night. You are unlikely to encounter rainfall. 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 the more detailed Weather and Climate of Libya?
Please select a city in or above the map 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 temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year