On Saturday afternoon, September 9, 2023, the Arab Regional Weather Center issued a special report on the subtropical weather situation in the central Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast.
The report stated that the latest satellite images and analyzes of the Arab Regional Weather Center indicate the presence of the Mediterranean storm, which has acquired tropical characteristics in the central Mediterranean Sea to the northwest of the Libyan city of Benghazi and 225 km inside the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and Wind speeds around the center of the storm are currently estimated at around 45 knots (85 km/h).
The presence of a storm with subtropical characteristics at the beginning of July/September in the central Mediterranean Sea is considered a rare matter, according to available climate records. This means that the situation has subtropical characteristics, meaning that it is accompanied by relatively warm temperatures, heavy rain, strong winds, and waves. turbulent
According to the future computer simulation of the movement of this Mediterranean storm, which is operated within the Regional Arab Weather Center, it is expected to move directly during the next 24 hours to the northeastern coast of Libya (between the cities of Benghazi and Al-Marj) and then into northeastern Libya and beyond. It weakens to a normal depression, but its movement continues towards the western desert of Egypt and up to northern Egypt towards the delta.
The indirect effects on the Libyan coast began with high waves (2-4 metres) with cloud flow accompanied by scattered rain, while the direct effects began gradually during the day on Sunday and were accompanied by high-speed winds (80-120 km/h) and rain. Very heavy thunderstorms (50-250 mm), and these weather conditions are accompanied by risks of torrents and floods in some cities, including (Benghazi, Al-Marj, Al-Bayda, Derna, Tobruk, and Shahat).
The sea will be very rough on the Libyan coast extending from Ras Lanuf to Derna, with the possibility of sea water extending to land in low-lying areas, while it will be moderate to rough on the rest of the Libyan coast.
Accordingly, the Arab Weather Center advises all residents of these areas to follow the weather forecasts and updates that will be issued successively regarding this system during the coming hours.
God knows best and highest.
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