Weather in Morocco, Know Before You Go
Before visiting Morocco make sure to understand the weather and climate.
Morocco is often referred to as a cold country with a hot sun. Summers in Morocco are exceptionally hot and winters can be chill to the bone. Morocco’s ranges of climates greatly fluctuate due to the country’s geographic location between Europe, Asia, and Africa. Morocco’s unique weather patterns make it possible to find an ideal area to explore year round, however, recommended months to experience Morocco fall between October and May. Traveling during September and early October can be a little tricky because many shops and tourist sites close early or permanently to observe the month long holiday of Ramadan.
Spring (April and May) is perhaps the best overall time, with a summer climate in the south and in the mountains, as well as on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts. Winter can be perfect by day in the south of Morocco, though Sahara desert nights can get very cold. If you’re planning to hike in the High Atlas mountains, it’s best to keep to the months from April to October unless you have some experience in snow conditions.
Seasons and weather in Morocco take on a whole new meaning as the country is divided into two climatic zones by the High Atlas Mountains. To the north of the High Atlas, the western winds from the Atlantic contribute to the cooler temperatures of the north. Contrastingly, south of the High Atlas, the weather is influenced by the Sahara desert.
If you are not comfortable with very hot weather, it is advisable to avoid scheduling your trip during July through August because these are the hottest times of the year. Also, certain cities such as Marrakech may continue to be hot until the last weeks of September. If you decide to travel during July and August, it’s a wonderful time to head for the coast, while in the mountains there are no set rules. In preparing for a Morocco Tour, keep in mind that Morocco is separated into five regions: the Rif Mountains, the Middle Atlas, High Atlas, Anti-Atlas, and the Sahara desert.Ultimately, Morocco’s climate is like few others. In one day, it is possible to have a snowstorm in the mountains, warm weather by the Mediterranean coast, and a day of unbearable heat in the Sahara followed by sub-zero night temperatures.