Average Weather in Mişrātah Libya
In Mişrātah, the summers are hot, oppressive, arid, and clear and the winters are cool, dry, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 51°F to 89°F and is rarely below 47°F or above 95°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Mişrātah for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early October.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 16 to October 4, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is August 21, with an average high of 89°F and low of 75°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.5 months, from December 5 to March 21, with an average daily high temperature below 68°F. The coldest day of the year is February 5, with an average low of 51°F and high of 64°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Mişrātah, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Mişrātah begins around June 10 and lasts for 3.3 months, ending around September 21. On July 20, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 100% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 0% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 21 and lasts for 8.7 months, ending around June 10. On October 29, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 34% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 66% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Mişrātah varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.4 months, from October 12 to February 23, with a greater than 9% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 18% on December 20.
The drier season lasts 7.7 months, from February 23 to October 12. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 8.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 18% on December 20.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Mişrātah experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from October 1 to March 20, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 11, with an average total accumulation of 1.2 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from March 20 to October 1. The least rain falls around July 13, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Mişrātah varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 22, with 10 hours, 2 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 17 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:52 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 10 minutes later at 8:01 AM on January 8. The earliest sunset is at 5:54 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 17 minutes later at 8:10 PM on June 30.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Mişrātah during 2018.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Mişrātah experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from May 29 to October 29, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 23% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 13, with muggy conditions 92% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 27, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Mişrātah experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.9 months, from November 4 to May 31, with average wind speeds of more than 10.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 24, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.1 months, from May 31 to November 4. The calmest day of the year is August 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Mişrātah varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.9 months, from February 25 to April 23; for 2.1 months, from June 28 to September 2; and for 3.6 weeks, from October 18 to November 12, with a peak percentage of 52% on July 29. The wind is most often from the east for 2.2 months, from April 23 to June 28 and for 1.5 months, from September 2 to October 18, with a peak percentage of 44% on June 3. The wind is most often from the west for 3.5 months, from November 12 to February 25, with a peak percentage of 43% on January 1.
Mişrātah is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.1 months, from July 9 to October 14, with an average temperature above 77°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 17, with an average temperature of 81°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.3 months, from December 31 to May 7, with an average temperature below 65°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 3, with an average temperature of 61°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Mişrātah throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Mişrātah for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid March to late June and from mid October to early December, with a peak score in the last week of May.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Mişrātah for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early October, with a peak score in the first week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Temperatures in Mişrātah are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Growing Degree Days
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from May 10 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 6, with an average of 8.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from October 31 to February 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 18, with an average of 2.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Mişrātah are 32.375 deg latitude, 15.093 deg longitude, and 20 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Mişrātah is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 95 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 26 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (348 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (804 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Mişrātah is covered by artificial surfaces (82%) and cropland (15%), within 10 miles by water (38%) and cropland (35%), and within 50 miles by water (60%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Mişrātah, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There is only a single weather station, Tripoli International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Mişrātah.
At a distance of 184 kilometers from Mişrātah, further than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed insufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records. Consequently, the station records are blended with interpolated values from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis , and both are corrected for elevation differences according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
The weight assigned to the MERRA-2 value depends on the distance from Mişrātah to the nearest station, increasing from 0% at 150 kilometers to 100% at 200 kilometers. In this case, the MERRA-2 weight is 41%, making the weight assigned to the weather station 59%.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.