Climate of Libya – When to travel?

Libya’s climate is influenced by five different climate zones, the most prominent is the Mediterranean and the Saharan climates which offer tourists hot and dry summers with mild winters, making Libya a major tourist destination throughout the year.

The average annual temperature is 69 degrees Fahrenheit with the summer months, especially July and August reaching highs of 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer months are very hot and dry and not the ideal time of the year if you want to explore the drifting sandy desert plains.

Winter months cool down but ever so slightly with temperatures of around 45 degrees Fahrenheit. December tends to be the wettest month of the year with around 74mm of rainfall, the rain is very scarce and when it does rain its heavy showers which end as quickly as they started.

Two per cent or less of the country receives enough rain for agricultural land, so when travelling in Libya don’t expect to see running rivers and beautiful lakes.

February, March, April and November are the major tourist months, this is due to the fact that the temperatures are pleasant, it’s not overly hot, yet it’s not cold, enabling tourists to make the most of their experience, especially when touring the desert areas.

When you decide to travel to Libya will depend on what you want to do, if you intend taking desert tours, then staying away from the heat of summer will ensure you have a pleasurable experience. If you want to visit the coastal areas and lie on the beach, you can visit at just about any time of the year where the cool sea breezes refresh you as the sun shines down and the blue skies seem to never cloud over.

Even the winter months are warm enabling tourists to take full advantage of the area, enjoy the outdoor activities and visit the major attractions without worrying about constant rain and freezing temperatures.

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