Climate of Morocco
Morocco’s Climate – There is a season for everyone
A friendly country like Morocco must have friendly weather conditions too. Whether you love the sunshine or singing in the rain, Morocco has a season to suit everyone.
Morocco is situated in the northeastern part of Africa. It is a very magnificent and diverse country with its own identity even though it is situated so close to Europe. There are not just various languages, cultures and customs but there are diverse landscapes also. It is home to exotic cities like Fez, Marrakech, as well as coastal villages.
The country of Morocco has such a wide range of landscape that you have the snow peaked parts of the Atlas mountains, the arid land of Western Sahara as well as the beautiful Atlantic and Mediterranean beaches.
Morocco fairly has a moderate, subtropical climate with cool sea breezes from the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Mediterranean Sea. In the interior parts of the country the temperatures are more extreme. The summers are known to be extremely hot and the winters fairly cold. The average winter temperatures are 21º C (70 º F). In summers the temperature peaks up to 38ºC 100º F. It is mostly sunny the entire year. The summers are pleasantly warm. The time around April and May can be the best time to visit the country. If you visit the coastal region during July and August you may find it very pleasurable. However, inland and in the desert region it can become very hot during this time of the year and more so at Midday.
The temperature and climate vary with the terrain. In the desert region in the south and south eastern part of Morocco the temperature are high while in the mountain ranges it can be freezing during night time. You can find a very beautiful range of flora and fauna that can withstand log hot period of drought condition as well as the evergreen trees like cork oak, cedar and cypress. In some parts of Morocco you can also find olive and argan trees.
In the Atlas Mountains the temperature can go below zero degrees and you will find the mountain peaks snow capped throughout the year. While the winters are cold and rough, you will find the summers moderately warm. On the western slopes of Central and High Atlas the rainfall and snow are in significant amounts from November to April. During December to March you can even enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding.
In cities like Marrakech it is bright and sunny the whole year round. The summers feel pleasant and the hottest months are generally July, August and September with temperatures above 36º C. There is no humidity at all and that makes these high temperatures bearable. In winters there can be a heavy downpour that leaves the night extremely cold.
In cities like Fez which has a continental climate the temperatures are extreme. The summers can be very hot with mercury rising to 45º C. similarly the winters are very cold with minimum temperatures going eve below 10º C. The best time of the year to visit Fez would be surely the spring and autumn when the weather is warm as well as dry. The average temperatures of cities are Marrakech and Rabat 71º F, Casablanca 69º F, Fez 66º F, Meknes 68º F and Tangier 66º F.
Though you can find sunshine the whole year through you can time your visits during early summers which can surely be pleasant with warm days and cool nights without any rains to disrupt your plans.