Ghibli (or Gibli)

picture Location: Libya

The Ghibli is a hot, dry, usually south to southeasterly dust-bearing desert wind, that occurs in Libya throughout the year, but most frequently in spring and early summer. Ghibli (aka chibli, gebli, gibleh, gibli, kibli) is a local name for the Sirocco. In analogy to the Sirocco the Ghibli is caused by Mediterranean depressions tracking east entraining hot air from the desert region ahead of them.


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Ghiblis can last for days and can make life miserable and is therefore feared by the desert dwellers of North Africa. El-ghibli can have profound effect on the landscape by moving vast quantities of sand. The passage of the depression is marked by a cold front bringing Mediterranean air and a sudden drop (up to 20°C) in temperature.