Tunis/Tunisia — Average temperatures in October 2021 were slightly lower than reference rates (1981-2010) in most regions (25 main stations) and ranged between 15.5°C in Thala and 24°C in Tozeur, reads the Climatological Report for October 2021 in Tunisia published Thursday by the National Institute of Meteorology (French: INM).
Average temperature ranged between 15.5°C in Thala and 24.0°C in Tozeur and was lower than the reference rates in most regions. The difference ranged from (-0.1)°C in Médenine to (-1.5°C) in Tabarka, except for Kairouan, Sfax, Tozeur and Gabés where it was slightly above the averages.
General average temperatures in October reached 21.2°C, slightly lower than the reference average for the same stations (21.4°C) with a difference of (-0.2°C).
In early October, temperatures remained above average, especially in the period from October 1 to 5. Exceptionally high temperatures were reported in most regions without hitting record high.
As of October 6, average daily temperatures, whether highs or lows, were often slightly lower than reference rates in all regions.
Rainfall showing surplus in northern regions
Rainfall showed surplus in many regions (Greater Tunis, Bizerte, Beja, Jendouba, Kélibia, Monastir and Mahdia). The surplus was significant in the north and ranged from 9% in Kélibia to 146% in Béja. A deficit was observed elsewhere, varying from one station to another and ranging from 10% in Siliana to 93% in Tozeur.
It should be noted there was no rain in October in Kébili, Tataouine, Ramada and El-Borma, the report further reads.
The total monthly rainfall in all stations (25 main stations) amounted to 1100.1 millimetres, while the reference rate for the same stations was 949.9 millimetres and the surplus rate stood at 16%.
Wind generally light to moderate during October
Winds were generally light to moderate. Their speed increased in the period from October 4 to 7 in northern and southern regions with the maximum ranging from 58km/h in Jendouba to 72km/h in Tabarka while reached 76km/h in Zaghouan on October 7, 2021.
The wind speed also increased during the period from October 13 to 16 in central and southern regions, with maximum speed ranging from 58km/h in Ramada to 72km/h in Mahdia. Monastir reported a maximum speed of 86km/h on October 14.
Winds were also strong on October 24 and 25 in the far north and central western regions, with a maximum speed of 60km/h in Sidi Bouzid and 97km/h in Bizerte. A maximum speed of 101km/h in Kasserine was repiorted on October 25, 2021.