How hot is it in Morocco? About the weather and seasons

If you say ‘Morocco’ many people say ‘desert’ and the desert is hot. So … it’s hot in Morocco, right?
The answer to the question ‘What is it like in Morocco?’ Is more complex than a simple ‘hot’ or ‘cold’

Hot…

How hot is it in Morocco
hot in Morocco

Yes, it can be hot in Morocco. And indeed, especially in the desert, the temperatures in the summer months can easily rise to 48 degrees Celcius (118.4 degrees Fahrenheit). And the big cities such as Marrakech and Fes can also get very hot in the summer.

But … ..Morocco (contrary to what many people think) is not just desert. One of the things that makes Morocco unique is the variety of landscapes and sceneries. Indeed, you have the desert: the Sahara in the south, but large parts of Morocco consists of mountains: the High Atlas, the Middle Atlas, the Rif mountains and the Anti-Atlas (‘anti’ as in ‘against’: this mountain range lies against the other Atlases). And in those mountains it can be very pleasant in summer. Around 25 degrees Celcius (77 degrees Fahrenheit).: a lot more moderate than the heat in the desert and the city, but in winter it can be bitterly cold again. The mountains are regularly covered with snow, and last February travelers could not go to the desert … because the mountain roads were blocked by the snow.

… but also cold

Hoe heet is het in Marokko
cold in Morocco

So no; it is not always hot in Morocco. Even the desert can be treacherously cold at night and in the winter the temperature can drop to 10 degrees Celcius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) in the desert at night. In cities like Marrakech, in winter it does occur that you are all sitting around the fireplace to get rid of the cold (about 12 to 15 degrees Celcius) (53.6 till 59 degrees Fahrenheit). As said; in the mountains it can snow and it can be bitterly cold for the locals (who do not have central heating). Did you know that Morocco even has its own winter sports area? It is called Oukaïmeden and has 6 ski lifts. Climbing the Djbel Toubkal with winter gear is also done in the winter (and in the summer).

And then finally you have the coast. Morocco has about 2900 km (1801 miles) of coastline. And there the temperatures are warmer in the winter and colder in the summer.
All these weather conditions are useful to take into account when planning a vacation in Morocco. For this reason, spring and autumn are the most popular seasons to travel through Morocco, so that is the peak season.
For example, if you want to make a trek through the mountains it is advisable to do this in the summer, while the coast is a great place in the winter.
In short; is it hot in Morocco? Yes and no, and I would say: welcome to visit Morocco and experience it for yourself.

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