The climate in Morocco varies wildly according to the season and area of travel.
There can be up to a 15°C difference in temperature between Morocco’s lowlands and mountains. This can make it a hot 30°C in July or August in the Atlas, while Marrakech is way up there in the 40s.
Best time to trek the Atlas Mountains
Although it’s possible to trek the Atlas Mountains year-round, if you want to summit Toubkal spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) generally offer the best weather and most chance to avoid strenuous, exposed hiking in extreme temperatures. However, as there is no snow in the Anti-Atlas, you can still enjoy mountain life during Dec-Feb, with sunny days and cold nights. If you can handle hiking in the heat, July and August are hot, but not off-the-scale desert madness like the rest of Morocco.
Weather in the Atlas Mountains can be unpredictable at any time of year and conditions depend heavily on what elevation you’re planning to trek to.
The Best Time to Visit the Sahara Desert
If you’re planning a trip to the Sahara Desert the most comfortable time to do so is during fall or early spring. In this way, you’ll be able to avoid the bone-dry landscapes and scorching temperatures of summer (which average around 115 degrees Fahrenheit), and the freezing nighttime temperatures of winter. At any time of the year, temperatures tend to plummet after dark, so it’s best to bring a warm jacket regardless of when you plan to visit.
The Best Time to Visit the Coast
The coastal regions can be visited year-round. In the winter they are pleasantly mild, while in the summer they bask in temperatures hovering around the mid-20Cs.
As a Muslim country, Morocco observes Ramadan. If you are planning to go on holiday in Morocco during Ramadan, it is important to consider that many restaurants and shops will either be closed or operating on reduced hours during this time.
The dates vary each year, so it’s worth checking what they are while planning your trip.