What’s the weather like in Marrakech in October?
Marrakech’s location in North Africa close to the Sahara Desert means the city has hot weather in October. Autumn’s a great time to visit Marrakech, with temperatures still high but more comfortable than summer, while there’s still hardly any rain.
Marrakech gets a bit of rain through the year because it’s in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. This stops it being a true desert city, and you’ll probably appreciate some rain if it comes, although there’s only the odd shower in October. Marrakech isn’t close to a cooling sea, although it has relatively low levels of humidity so you should be quite comfortable at this time.
The average high temperature in Marrakech during October is 29ºC, so you won’t need much more than shorts and t-shirts for the days. Temperatures usually drop to 15ºC at night, so you’ll want to pack a warmer top for the evenings. Humidity’s low and ranges from 30% to nearly 90%, while average rainfall’s 22mm across five rainy days.
During October there are 11 hours of daylight with eight hours of sunshine each day, and you should watch out for the high UV levels and use lots of sun cream. Sunset’s around 7.15pm at the start of the month, and gradually gets earlier before daylight saving ends and brings it forward to 5.45pm.
Things to Do
Marrakech is a fascinating city packed with culture and history, and the cooler October temperatures are better for you to explore in compared to summer. Browse the medina’s traditional souks, check out the city’s museums and galleries, and be sure to visit the night markets. Head out of the city and take a trip to the Atlas Mountains, Ouzoud Waterfalls or Sahara Desert, where you can stay the night at Erg Chebbi or Erg Chegaga’s dunes. As it’s still hot though, you may prefer to choose a hotel with a pool and spend the majority of your time relaxing in the sunshine. If you’re desperate for a beach then Agadir’s just a few hours from Marrakech.