Climate in Morocco
Tourists tend to imagine that Morocco gets hot throughout a year; however, it has four distinctive seasons. In addition to that, climate in Morocco varies from the coastal region nearby the Atlantic Ocean, the highland nearby Atlas Mountains to regions around Sahara Desert. The only common feature is that all regions have low humidity and high temperature difference between daytime and night.
Although Spring and Autumn have high reputation as an ideal trip seasons, tourists visit Morocco throughout the year. As long as you prepare suitable clothes and trip plan for each season, you may visit Morocco at any seasons you wish. Here are the tips for trip in each season.
Spring (Mar-May) and Autmn (Sep-Nov)
These months are often promoted as the “Best season to visit Morocco”. As the temperature differs from daytime to night, we recommend you bring jackets and hoodies. Preparing the clothes to adapt to the surrounding temperature is all the more important near Sahara Desert, as the temperature drops radically at night.
Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat are necessary, as the temperature exceeds 100 F° (38°C) and the sunlight is intense. Although some tourists state that it is comparably comfortable than Asian summer due to low humidity, you must be aware of sunburn and heatstroke.
Some days are relatively warm; however, the temperature difference between daytime and night is still large. An outfit for cold weather is necessary, as the regions nearby Sahara Desert get cold and snow appears at Atlas Mountains.
Ramadan (9th month of Muslim calendar)
This is the only season which we do not recommend you visit Morocco. Ramadan is the custom which Muslims refrain from consuming foods and drinks during the daytime (when the sun appears). During Ramadan, the business hours shortens and most restaurants are closed in lunchtime. Although hotels provide meal all the time, such restrictions makes harder for the tourists to plan the sightseeing. In addition to that, the number of car accidents inflates during Ramadan, as the drivers tend to be more frustrated.
If you visit Morocco during Ramadan, we recommend you take their custom into consideration, averting the consumption of food and drinks in public and skin exposure.
As Ramadan is based on the Islamic calendar, it shifts 11 days later every year. Ramadan for 2018 is May 15 – Jun 14 and 2019 is expected to be May 4 – Jun 4, although the accurate schedule is not announced yet.