The weather in Morocco is as varied as the country’s terrain. While coastal regions are characterized by a Mediterranean climate, inland is hotter and dryer. There is also a difference between the north and the south, with the south remaining generally warm except in winter when temperatures drop drastically. The northern and coastal areas are far more temperate and tend to display less erratic changes.
Summer runs from June through September with August being the hottest month of the year. In the warmer parts of the country, the mercury can get up to 108°F. Conditions all around Morocco are hot and dry, but are particularly unbearable in the south.
Winter occurs over the peak holiday period from December to April and can become extremely cold in the south, with the High Atlas Mountains displaying snow-capped peaks. The northern regions and the coast receive a great deal of rain and their temperatures drop lower than 50°F.
Best Time to Visit Morocco
By far the best time to visit Morocco is in between the extreme summer and winter. Spring (March through May) is a pleasant time during which the landscapes are green and lush. Fall (September to December) is also ideal as the heat has subsided and the deep chill hasn’t yet set in.
In general it is a good idea to visit the south and the desert outside of the summer months as traveling through such hot, arid land can be quite intolerable.
Climate aside, Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, also affects tourism quite significantly. Many restaurants are either closed or hours shortened significantly and alcohol is not sold at many establishments.