Atlas Mountains Weather January Averages, Morocco
What's the Weather like in Atlas Mountains in January
Right in the middle of the winter season, January sees the coldest annual weather in the Atlas Mountains. However at a very mild average temperature of 13°, the climate is still attractive to many thousands of visitors from across the world.
Average low temperatures can fall below 6°C during the month. However with a variance of 4,000 meters in altitude, the air temperature can feel very different depending on which part of the mountains you are in.
Peak lows of -24.3°C were recorded in the ski resort of Ifrane in the Atlas Mountains on 11th February 1935, illustrating just how variable the climate can be in this region. It also makes the Atlas Mountains the official site of the coldest place in Africa in history.
While the weather can be a little chilly during January, the Atlas Mountains can still offer some beautiful days of clear crisp sun, for the 5 daily sunshine hours excepted during the month. And with only 6 days of expected rainfall throughout the month, visitors to the Atlas Mountains during the first month of the year can enjoy some very fine weather.
This low level of precipitation, which usually amounts to no more than 24mm during the entire month, is essential for the many skiers and snowboards that visit the region during the time, offering a beautiful covering of snow for those that wish to face the summits.
January is also one time of the year when the average temperatures experienced in the mountains are similar to that of nearby Marrakech. However this situation does change significantly as we move closer to the summer months.
Temperature highs of up to 19° during January offer plenty of opportunities for hiking and walking through the mountains. And for those that like to experience the exhilaration of a winter mountain climb, this is the ideal time to visit the Atlas Mountains.
Hotels for Atlas Mountains in January
LA Fibule d'Or
La Fibule d'Or offers the perfect introduction to Moroccan life. The authentic styled rooms and beautiful home-cooking offer a comfortable and relaxing place to stay on any trip to the Atlas Mountains. Take advantage of the clear January air to enjoy the sights from the hotel itself. Or take advantage of the wealth of thick blankets on offer to keep you warm on the crisp winter nights.
Though Riad Tzarra is actually based in Marrakech, the hour journey to reach the mountains seems like nothing when your accommodation is so authentic. With a small plunge pool just to cool you off on those particularly warm days and exceptional décor, this is the perfect alternative to the costly Dar Hanane which is situated just around the corner.
Based in the popular region of Ourika, Chez Larbi is not difficult to find, as the entire building has been painted blue. But with host, Larbi, on hand to cater to your every whim, it won't just be the colour of the building that you remember. Authentic Berber cooking, a private wood fired Hammam in the garden and a chic ambience ensure this cost effective inn will always be a place to remember.
Restaurants and Bars for Atlas Mountains in January
La Baraka Restaurant
La Baraka Restaurant in Ait Ben Haddou is the ideal place to drop in for generous portions of traditional cuisine at very attractive prices. As part of the La Baraka Hotel, sample the traditional Taklia tagines which are typical of this part of Morocco. Each is made with chicken and couscous and offers the perfect way to sample good sized portions of local flavour.
The chefs that have crafted the Atlas Mountains' Capabaldi Restaurant well-deserved reputation have all been Michelin trained to offer exceptional cuisine to everyone who visits. The menu offers a wide variety of traditional dishes in the luxury restaurant or when situated on the al-fresco roof terrace on the milder January days. A mix of international flavours and local produce makes the Capabaldi simply irresistible for anyone that enjoys fine food.
For outstanding cold mint and courgette soup under the shadow of the Palais Rhoul hotel in Marrakech, L'Abbysin is the only place to dine. With a cool white décor and a highly attractive clientele, even the cool white tents are transformed by the transparent sheets to ensure Abbysin is the way to dine al fresco all year round.
Things to Do in Atlas Mountains in January
The cooler climate of winter in the Atlas Mountains makes this the perfect time to enjoy a spot of mountain biking around the area. Maroc Travel offers year round excursions and trips across the Atlas Mountains for all levels of rider, offering yet another amazing way to see the sites of such a beautiful part of the world.
Oukaimeden Ski Resort
While the snow is on the mountains, take advantage of the fact with a visit to Oukaimeden Ski Resort. With more than 20 trails for a wide variety of skiing proficiencies, Oukaïmeden is the highest ski resort in the whole of Africa. Take a day trip to the resort or take advantage of one of the on-site hotels. Equipment is on hire along with slope passes at a very reasonable price to create a wonderful and cost efficient way to hit the slopes.