Saturday, 13 February 2016

The weather of Marrakech

One of the many reasons to come to Marrakech is the sunny and warm weather. Marrakech has over 300 (!) sunny days per year and very little rain. Spring is beautiful with orange and almond trees blossoming and temperatures of 25-30C. The summers are hot, really hot, peaking in July/August with sometimes up to 45C. But it is a dry heat so it is actually totally ok. Fall is also warm and beautiful. The coldest months are January and February when night temperatures can fall to 5-10C and it is also the rain period. Marrakech is an old desert oasis so as long as the sun is up it is warm and nice even during January and February but as soon as the sun sets the temperature drops dramtically.
Blue skies, sun and eternal summer - this picture is from January 2016, the coldest winter month, this year boasting 22-25c during day time.

When is best to visit Marrakech?
We sure love all seasons in Marrakech but when we are asked when is the best time to come we normally advise to visit September-November or March-June if you are looking for sun without too much heat. July and August is the hot and dry season and December, January and February are the coldest and wettest months.

Average temperatures in Marrakech

When we decided to make Marrakech our home we also decided that we wanted to stay in the city during all the seasons tp really experience the different climates over a year. So unlike most of our Marrakech friends we stayed in town also during Ramadan and the hot July/August months (with the occassional ocean break to Mirleft, Essaouira, Tangier and Lanzarote). Here is a summary of our first year in Marrakech from a weather point of view:

Winter (January-February)
We arrived January 17 to a suprisingly cold Marrakech. It was an unusually cold and rainy beginning of the year with some rain and grey skies. As soon as the sun was out we enjoyed 20-22C but the nights were cold. We were longing for the formal start of Moroccan spring in mid February.
Due to the rain there was a lot of snow in the mountains, here we are in the skiing resort Oukaimeden, a 1,5 hour drive from Marrakech.

The nights were chilly beginning 2015 and we got to wear our Djellabas.
December, January and February is rain season in the Red City
Spring (March-May)
A beautiful spring arrived a bit late in March. It was an explosion of green and lush fields, flowers and beauty. This is a great time to travel in Morocco and experience the landscape in full bloom.

Marrakech is fantastic during the spring

Spring is a great time to travel, both on the countryside and to the Sahara desert.

Green lush fields

Summer (June-August)
Summer is always hot. June was nice, July partly hot peaking at 45C but after that there were some nice winds and actually a very nice summer weather with around 30C. There were some crazy short rain falls causing some flooding in the city.
Hot summer days 
One of our favorite spots in July, Palais Selman

Ocean break to coastal town Essaouira

Relaxing at Peacock Pavilions

Fall (September-November)
We enjoyed a beautiful fall with constant sun and 25-30C. No rain att all, which is bad for the agriculture and skiresorts but good for tourism in general.
Fall in Marrakech is an amazing season!
Roof top dining is great during fall

During October/November both saffron and olives are harvested.
And when 2015 came to an end and the winter months begun again we were suprised how warm and sunny these Deceber-February months were compared to 2015. We have had 20-25C and sun all days also during January/February 2016 and mild nights. 

We sure love the stable and sunny weather of Morocco and Marrakech!

Keep shining!