An Introduction to Marrakesh
Marrakesh is one of the three biggest cities in Morocco and remains a hugely popular tourist destination. Its popularity stems from a plentiful history, its unique culture and the beautifully scenic views of the Atlas Mountains.
Marrakesh is one of Morocco’s most important former imperial capitals, with the ancient city displaying fortified historic architecture. It is a UNESCO World heritage Site. Morocco’s famous market is also found in Marrakesh, with a vibrant atmosphere contributed to by fabulous performers and wonderful food.
The Moroccan Climate
Before you feverishly pack your bags and jump on a plane to this stunning location, it’s important to learn a bit more about what the Moroccan climate has to offer. The humidity in Marrakesh is quite low, so you don’t feel unpleasantly oppressed by the atmosphere when you arrive.
However, the hottest days occur in the height of the summer and many of the locals follow the local custom of taking a break during the middle of the day. Thankfully, Marrakesh is a fortunate location that isn’t hugely affected by changeable weather conditions.
What to Expect from the Weather in Marrakesh
The sub-tropical climate is moderated by the Atlantic Ocean, so you’re likely to enjoy a cool breeze every now and then depending on your location. However, temperature in the height of the summer can exceed 40 degrees Celsius which is why many people take to the shade at midday. The low humidity means that sleeping is a lot easier compared to other sweltering locations across the world.
The spring time offers more comfortable daytime temperatures. The nights can be extremely chilly in Marrakesh, although in the spring time they are not as cold as what you may experience in the winter. If you’re keen to avoid the highest of temperatures, we recommend that you travel to Marrakesh in spring.
In the winter, Marrakesh offers milder temperatures that are often regarded as the most pleasant for those used to colder climates. However, overnight temperatures can plummet at times, so many people decide to stay indoors when the day comes to an end.
When’s the Best Time to Visit?
The spring time is highly recommended for its climate and warmer overnight temperatures, while the autumn is also not a bad time to visit either. There is a very small chance of rain disrupting your holiday during these months, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for something that’s not too extreme. While you may be enticed to visit Marrakesh in the summer, be prepared for hot, dusty winds caused by the often unbearable desert climate.
Best Choice of Clothes for the Climate
Temperatures in the summer will almost always exceed 30 degrees Celsius, so you’ll want to bring clothing that’s not too heavy and that’s been made with comfortable fabrics. Suntan lotion is a must, while you should also pack sunglasses to keep yourself from protected from the glaring sunlight.
If you choose to visit Marrakesh in the winter, you’ll still need to bring light clothes as it can be noticeably warm at times. However, it helps to also pack winter clothing that will keep your warm during the colder nights. Rainfall is slightly more prevalent in the winter, meaning raincoats and other waterproof fabrics may be essential.
What do the Experts Say?
Marrakesh is a delightful city that can be enjoyed all year round. However, the most experienced of tourists would recommend that you travel to Marrakesh in March and April to avoid blistering summer temperatures and instead experience a climate that’s pleasant and enjoyable throughout the day.
This guide to the Moroccan climate was provided by Riad el Zohar, an 18th century courtyard house in the historic Mouassine district of the ancient Medina.