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Marrakech Weather: What to Expect

If one were to guess what the climate of Marrakech is like, it’s safe to say they’d think it’s arid and dry. And they’re not wrong. However, the climate and weather patterns of Marrakech change significantly throughout the year, and travellers coming in at different times may be in for a surprise. 

If you’re about to visit the glorious Red City, it’s worth your while to learn about the Marrakech climate. By doing that, you won’t be in for a shock when you arrive. More importantly, you can pack the right items into your suitcase for a comfortable trip. 

The Marrakech Climate 

The city of Marrakech and Morocco as a whole sits in what’s known as a subtropical semi-desert (in the Sahara). Winters are mild but summers are hot. Since Marrakech is located 460 meters (1,500 feet) above sea level, the elevated altitude brings on cooler temperatures at night. 

Between night and day, fluctuations in temperature can be dramatic. Southerly winds descend from the High Atlas Mountains  – the highest peak being Jebel Toubkal at 4,167 meters (13,671 feet). This can result in rapid temperature spikes on occasion. Also, the winds can lift sand and dust from the surrounding desert, producing minor sandstorms. 

Rain doesn’t fall much in Marrakech, with an average of just 240 millimetres (9.5 inches) annually. One of the most consistent aspects of Marrakech weather is the sunshine – it’s typically sunny all year-round. 

Marrakech Weather During the Winter 

From December to February, temperatures are generally on the mild side. However, winter nights in Marrakech can get cold, sometimes below 5°C (41 °F) or even 0°C. During the winter, it’s not uncommon for the skies to be cloudy. With that said, winter doesn’t always feel like winter in Marrakech – winds blowing from the south raise the temperature to 30°C (86 °F). 

Marrakech Weather During the Spring 

From March to mid-June, Marrakech is warm and rather dry. Temperatures range from the mid-20s in March to the mid-30s towards the middle of June, although nighttime temperatures can still dip into the cold “range” around March. During the day, however, by April, winds from the south can boost temperatures into the 35-40°C range. 

Marrakech Weather During the Summer 

Summer begins in the middle of June and extends through to September. As you would imagine, summers in Marrakech give rise to the hottest, dryest and sunniest months of the year. Generally speaking, daytime temperatures hover around the 30s, although they occasionally dip below the 20s. However, it’s common for temperatures to reach scorching numbers, especially in July and August, in the mid-to-high 40-degree range. 

Marrakech Weather During the Fall 

From mid-September to November, there is a gradual decrease in temperature. Some days can still reach highs of 35°C (or more), but they tend to be milder – warm during the day and cool during the night. Rainfall increases during the fall and towards the end of the season (November), precipitation gets a tad heavier. 

Plan Your Trip to Marrakech

Don’t be surprised to experience a wider spectrum of weather conditions in Marrakech than you expected. The best way to prevent any uncomfortable surprises is to prepare ahead of time. If you’re looking for more advice on how to prepare for the weather or looking to book accommodations for your stay, contact Le Farnatchi today!

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