The weather and climate in the Moroccan city of Marrakech is hugely appealing throughout the whole year, as it is blessed with plenty of sunshine, while there is a low chance of rain in Marrakech. However, during the winter the likelihood of rain inevitably increases so makes the weather a bit more unpredictable. But since Morocco is in northern Africa, it is almost impossible to get more than 3 consecutive days of rain even during the wettest season!
We answer any questions you might have about the climate in this wonderful city, so that you can focus your energies on the things that really matter when planning your trip to Marrakech.
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During the winter months, temperatures are at their lowest during the months of January and February with the average being between 18°C and 19°C. It can get cold in the evening so we advise that you take a jacket with you. Since Morocco is closer to the equator than Europe there aren't many more hours of sunshine in summer than in winter.
Summer is of course the hottest time of year. During the summer months, temperatures are considerably warmer and tend to peak at around 30°C and can even reach up to around 37°C. Thankfully, many of our villas and riads have swimming pools for you and the kids to cool off in.
The period between April and June and September is the best time to visit the city of Marrakech as the possibility of rainy weather is quite low and gardens are really wonderful during this time. July and August tend to be the more popular months as well as the hottest, but don’t worry as all of our villas have pools and A/C. In this time it is common for temperatures to peak and then rapidly plummet for the next few days. These changes are often accompanied by winds from the desert and is known as the ‘Chergui’.
Believe it or not, although the chances are low, it can rain in Marrakech! November seems to be the wettest season so remember to pack an umbrella, however precipitation only averages at 38mm for the whole month so dull weather will not spoil your holiday.
Peak season is the year end. The evenings are somewhat cooler, however you will enjoy wonderful sunny clear skies with temperatures reaching around 20ºC. Most of our villas have a heated swimming pool for you to enjoy as well.
The culture in Marrakech is one that should be respected by all visitors. As most people are religious it is important to respect their views when you are in their country. Clothes play a particularly important role in the culture of this city and so you should be mindful of what you pack in your suitcase. It is considered to be offensive if you wear revealing clothing that does not fully cover parts of the body such as both legs and shoulders, which are thought to be ‘private’. It is tempting in scorching heat to wear less clothing but you should be aware of what is acceptable and what is not.
For women, it is appropriate to wear short-sleeved tops and knee-length skirts, however when visiting a mosque, you should be covered from wrist to ankle. Men, on the other hand, can wear sleeveless t-shirts and shorts that come to above-the-knee, but in mosques you should be covered from the shoulders down to the knees. The above applies mainly when you visit the Medina and the souks. However, in other parts of the city such as Gueliz, the rules are more flexible.