The northeastern regions of Libya have been affected since Thursday 28 / 10 / 2021 by deep air depression centered on the Mediterranean Basin. Thunderstorms accompanied by heavy rain exceeding 50 mm as per our forecasts and strong winds reaching 35 knots hit these regions, especially on Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar ( Taknes ), Shahat, Derna, Umm Al-Razm until Tobruk causing flash floods and valleys runoff. Benghazi and Agedabia cities also witnessed rainfall during this period. The flash flooding washed away cars and homes’ furniture, whereas a thunderbolt killed a herd of cattle.
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Extreme weather affected the northwestern regions of Libya on Sunday, 24 / 10 / 2021. Thunderclouds accompanied by rainfall and giant hail hit these regions. The highest rainfall was recorded in Garian: 25.7 mm - Tigrina: 18.0 mm - Qawasim: 14.5 mm. The rainfall caused car accidents, whereas the giant hailstones damaged cars. The National Meteorological Centre (NMC) issued and disseminated daily weather bulletins to the public sectors and via the media highlighting this extreme event.
A severe heat wave has swept the western regions of Libya since Monday 21 / 6 / 2021 as a result of a desert depression. The temperatures were above their seasonal average for June exceeding more than 10°C over all northwestern and southwestern regions. The highest recorded temperatures ranged between 40°C ‐ 46°C on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. According to the predictions, temperatures exceeded this range in some cities, where there are no observing stations, and they will remain high during this week on most western regions. Please find below the temperatures registered during this period.
The central and southwestern regions of Libya witnessed a severe sandstorm turning the sky yellow on 22 March.
This was due to a deep air depression of 996 millibars accompanied by strong south‐westerly winds reaching 35 knots causing stirring of dust & sands, loss of horizontal visibility over Ghat ‐ Obari ‐ ALGatron ‐ Sebha ‐ Al Jufrah ‐ Jalo ‐ Gighbub, and leading to the fall of power poles and car accidents in some of these regions.
A cold wave hit the northeastern regions of Libya, where the maximum temperature showed decreases during the day ranging from 5°C - 11°C, and fell to nearly 0°C at night. It was accompanied by northwest winds exceeding 30 knots and rainfall between 37 - 46 mm over Al-Bayda and Shahat. It was also accompanied by snowfall over the areas of Al-Jabal AlAkhdar (Sidi Al-Hamri - Al-Fandiya - Shahat - Al-Bayda). The National Meteorological Centre (NMC) issued and disseminated an early warning to the public sectors and via the media 48 hours before the occurrence of these extremes urging them to take more care and caution.