Sirte District

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Sirte (سرت)
District
Country  Libya
Capital Sirte
Area 77,660 km2 (29,985 sq mi) [1]
Population 141,378 (2006) [2]
Density 2 / km2 (5 / sq mi)
Map of Libya with Sirte district highlighted
Location of Sirte District from 2001 until 2007, under the 32-shabiyat system.

Sirte District (or Sirt or Surt District; Arabic: سرتSurt, About this sound pronunciation ), is one of the districts of Libya. It lies in the north of the country and borders the Gulf of Sidra. Its capital is the city of Sirte. Al-Tahadi University is located in Sirte.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Surt
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 17
(62)
18
(64)
20
(68)
22
(72)
24
(76)
27
(81)
28
(83)
29
(85)
29
(84)
27
(80)
22
(72)
18
(65)
23.4
(74.3)
Average low °C (°F) 11
(51)
11
(52)
13
(55)
16
(60)
18
(65)
21
(70)
23
(74)
24
(75)
23
(73)
21
(69)
16
(60)
12
(54)
17.4
(63.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 38
(1.5)
23
(0.9)
13
(0.5)
5
(0.2)
3
(0.1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
10
(0.4)
23
(0.9)
30
(1)
43
(1.7)
188
(7.2)
Source: Weatherbase [3]

Name[edit]

Sirte District shares its name with the city of Sirte, the historically most important city on the Gulf of Sidra. These names derive from the Greek name for the gulf, the Great Syrtis.[4]

Boundaries[edit]

The boundaries of Sirte District have changed several times, most recently in the 2007 administrative reorganization of Libyan districts (see maps). From 1983 to 1987 the Bin Jawad District covered parts of what is now part of Sirte District.

To the north, Sirte District has a shoreline on the Mediterranean Sea. As of 2007, on land, it bordered the following districts:

Transport[edit]

Sirte is an interim destination of a coastal railway from Tunisia to Benghazi that began construction in 2007.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ before 2007 administrative reorganization
  2. ^ "Districts of Libya". statoids.com. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Surt, Libya". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on 24 November 2011.
  4. ^ Grote, George (1853) History of Greece: Volume 4 (reprinted from the London 2nd edition) Harper and brothers, New York, page 29, OCLC 2835816; see also Strabo's Geographica Book XVII, Chapter III, Sections 16–18 pages 288–289 here

Coordinates: 31°12′17.41″N 16°35′16.54″E / 31.2048361°N 16.5879278°E / 31.2048361; 16.5879278