Temperature: Enjoy mild mid-20s (°C) in spring and autumn, and scorching peaks of just below 40°C in summer.
When’s the best time to go?
Morocco’s hot, hot, hot! You can look forward to summery temperatures in spring and autumn, while the summer season itself is extremely hot - as you’d expect from a country that bumps up against the Sahara Desert.
July and August are the hottest months of the year when temperatures can rise up to a toasty 40°C. Thankfully, if you’re heading to a coastal destination like Agadir or Essaouira, the sea breezes can take the edge off the heat. Just make sure you drink plenty of water! And, yes, it’s important to protect yourself with high-factor sun cream and a hat, too. Don’t underestimate the strength of the sun, especially at midday.
During spring and autumn, it’s still lovely and warm but much more comfortable. Temperatures hover between 22°C and 28°C at this time of year, so these seasons are the right time to travel if you like things slightly cooler.
If you’re planning on sightseeing and exploring the souks, winter could be the best time to visit Morocco. Temperatures still rise into the low 20s and there are a few rain showers every now and again. Just remember to bring a jumper or jacket along with you; it can get pretty cool when the sun goes down.
What should I pack?
It’s best to check the temperature before you pack for Morocco, so you know exactly what kind of clothing you’ll need. Sun cream is absolutely essential to protect yourself from the strong rays.
You’ll need a hat or other head covering, too - and not just for the sunshine. Out of respect for local customs, you’ll need to cover your head if you’re planning to visit any of the country’s stunning mosques and religious sites. It can also help protect you from the heat and keep you warm when it cools down. For women, a headwrap or lightweight scarf is useful.
It’s not just your head you’ll have to cover if you’re visiting religious sites - long-sleeved shirts, lightweight trousers, long skirts and maxi dresses are a great idea, as well as being cool and comfortable, so add them to your packing list.
Don’t bother taking jeans, though; they’ll be uncomfortable when you’re walking around in the hot weather. Loose-fitting cotton trousers are a much better option.