Morocco is a vast country, stretching from its Mediterranean shores in the north, its Atlantic coastline to the west, to the Sahara in the south. As a result, Morocco’s climate and weather vary greatly and this influences the best times to visit particular areas of the country.

Fast facts

  • Mid-September through the end of May are the best months to visit Morocco
  • March and April too can be most pleasant as days are often warm but not too hot, there is snow on the mountain tops whilst on the plains the fields are showing new growth with flowers blooming. 
  • Avoid the Sahara from mid-June to mid-September when temperatures are high
  • Nights are surprisingly cool in mountains (High Atlas) and in the Sahara
  • Always take preventative measures against dehydration and excessive sun exposure

Overview

Morocco can be visited year-round as long as you take into account the climate of its different regions and plan your trip accordingly. The Sahara, for example, should be avoided from June to September when temperatures can be searingly high. But with Morocco's extensive territory and wide range of environments, natural and cultural, the country can be visited whenever you have vacation time. The only consideration is what appropriate clothing should be brought in order to be comfortable on your travels. 

Northern Morocco

Tangier
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Tangier has a Mediterranean climate with warm/hot summers with much sunshine and little rain. July is the warmest month, where the highest daytime temperatures are around 83°F/28°C. Winters (October to March), are mild and warm but cloudier. January is the coldest month with average highest day temperatures of around 60°F/16°C. Winter is also when the most rain falls, with November being the wettest month. 

South Central Morocco

April in Marrakech
April in Marrakech

Marrakech has a continental climate (far from the ocean). This means that overall rainfall amounts are low and hours of sunshine very high. July is the warmest month with average highest day temperatures of at around 98°F/38°C. October and November and March, April and May have very pleasant temperatures for the traveler. The coldest month is December with average highest day temperatures of around 65°F/19°C. At night, it can be quite cold in the mid-winter months. Winter is when most rain falls, October to March; November is the wettest month. 

Atlantic Seaboard

Essaouira
Essaouira

Essaouira has a maritime climate given its proximity to the ocean. August is the warmest month with average highest day temperatures of at around 84°F/29°C. January is the coldest month with average highest day temperatures of around 65°F/18°C. Winter is when most rain falls. November is by far the wettest month. The months of June and July have very low rainfall amounts.

Moroccan Sahara

Merzouga
Merzouga

Merzouga has a hot desert climate. There is a surprising temperature variation, however, between summer and winter. August is the warmest month with average highest day temperatures of at around 104°F/40°C. December is the coldest month with average highest day temperatures of around 60°F/15°C. March, April, and May along with October and November are very pleasant months for temperatures.

Rainfall amounts are low throughout the year. However, there can be the occasional rainy day and November has the greatest chance of this. On very hot days there can be a risk of heavy convectional storms but, usually, they are short lived.