Welcome to summertime in the Sahara. The desert stretches across many African countries, with varying weather conditions in different regions. Here, in Morocco—the Sahara's northwest section—the average temperature hovers in the 90s, highs push into the 100s, and lows are in the upper 70s. This is a dry time of year: there's almost no chance of rainfall. But the sun is intense for many hours of the day, so you'll want to plan accordingly.
For more information, see our article on Morocco in July.
Crowds & Costs
July is a very popular time for tourism in Morocco. Summertime doesn't offer the best weather for sightseeing, but lots of European travelers take advantage of summer vacation days to plan getaways to Morocco at this time.
Granted, most international visitors know that it's extremely hot in the desert—travelers tend to flock to coastal cities and mountain villages, not necessarily the Moroccan Sahara. But because many travelers book trips that include stops at various destinations throughout the country, you'll notice that accommodations and tours fill up.
What To Do
Plan your excursions based on the weather. You can trek on the dunes or take a camel ride, but assume that you'll do it first thing in the morning or at sunset so that you're not exposed to the sun when it's at its strongest. Book accommodations based on getting an early start: stay in Erfoud or Mergouza is you're heading to the dunes of Erg Chebbi, for example, so that you can be up before dawn for an early morning excursion.
Remember that staying hydrated and wearing layered, light-colored clothing are key to managing sun protection in the desert. Book a hotel with a pool. And don't overlook the joy of stargazing: after dark, when temperatures are more comfortable in the desert, it's an unforgettable experience.
Events in July
July 30 - Feast of the Throne A Moroccan national holiday marking the anniversary of King Mohammed VI’s ascendance to the throne. Throughout Morocco, towns and cities feature parades, fireworks, and revelry.
Visiting the Morrocan Sahara in July? Check out these itineraries.
Moroccan Highlights: Fes, the Sahara Desert, & Marrakech - 6 Days This whirlwind trip takes you to Morocco's top attractions, including Fes, the Sahara Desert, and Marrakech.
Marrakech & Grand Tour of the Sahara Desert - 6 Days Explore the peaks of the High Atlas mountains and the vast sandy landscapes of the Sahara on this outdoorsy tour.
Morocco's Imperial Cities & the Sahara Desert - 13 Days See Casablanca, Fes, Essaouira, the Erg Chebbi Dunes and more on this well-rounded trip plan.