Marrakesh, Morocco: Live Weather
Live weather in Marrakesh
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- Sunrise 07:31
- Sunset 17:55
|Temp feels like:||64°F (18°C)|
|Length of Day:||10h 24m|
|Pressure:||30.18" (1022 hpa)|
|Visiblity:||10 miles (16 km)|
Latest Marrakesh Holiday Reviews
High's and lows of our holiday in Marrakesh
We went to Marrakesh the last week of October 2018. It was about 28c when we arrived towards the end of the week it had ...
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Absolutely roasting! Average daily temp of 36 degrees....
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Our holiday in Marrakesh
The weather was very hot. Although it was July and you would expect that. There was a slight breaze which was lovely. Th...
3 centre holiday in morocco/marrakesh
Hot approx 68-70 degrees during the day and cool in the evenings. Great place at Easter but would be too hot in the summ...
REALLY HOT IT IS HARD TO WALK IN THE HEAT BUT THEN IT IS AN EX DESERT MAKE SURE YOU TAKE PLENTY OF CREAM OR YOU WILL GET...
Historic Temperatures for 20th January in Marrakesh
|Average High||64°F (18°C)|
|Record High||73°F (23°C) (2008)|
|Average Low||41°F (5°C)|
|Record Low||36°F (2°C) (2003)|
Weather in Marrakesh
Marrakesh – or Marrakech – is a town in the north west of Morocco in Northern Africa, best described as a heady cocktail of the old and the new. While tourism is its main earner, it is still a functioning city – the hustle and bustle of modern life jostles with ancient tradition along the thin alleys and in the market squares. The criss-cross of telephone wires and honking traffic jams intertwine with the archways and intricate patterns of Moorish design.
While it is these images that pop into mind when Marrakesh is mentioned, the heart of the city's artistic culture is music. In the medina quarter of Marrakesh is a square called Djemaa el Fna where some of the country's best musicians can be found playing alongside street musicians, snake charmers and story-tellers.
This is also where the annual Marrakesh International Film Festival is held, an event that is making great strides in its prestige and has been compared to Cannes. The Festival of Popular Arts takes place around the end of June or beginning of July, and the Gnaoua Festival takes place in the third week of June in Essaouira. At these festivals North African art is celebrated and special performances take place.
There is so much to see in this dusty, vibrant city and really there is no bad time to visit. Heat is synonymous with desert cities and summertime will push you to the extremes that Marrakesh is all about. You can follow the locals and rest in the peak of the day's heat, or escape to a luxurious hammam, a traditional Turkish spa. The cold of the winter nights are a startling but exotic contrast to the warm days.
Marrakesh enjoys a hot, semi-arid steppe climate with incredibly hot summers, warm winters and comfortably hot springs and autumns. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies between 6°C and 38°C, rarely dropping below 5°C or rising above 43°C. There is a large difference between the daytime and night time temperatures across the seasons, with average highs during the daytime dropping 13°C-15°C by the coolest part of the night.
Rainfall is very low all-year-round, contrary to the sunshine hours which are consistently high throughout the year.
Spring Weather in Marrakesh
Spring – classed as March, April and May – is the best season to visit Marrakesh because the weather is pleasantly warm, with just a small amount of rainfall. At this time of year the average temperature is around 19°C, climbing as the season progresses. Average highs range from 25°C to 29°C, whilst average lows range from 11°C to 15°C.
Since the temperatures drop so sharply at night, the evenings can feel a bit chilly at this time of year, so make sure you take a light coat or jacket to keep you warm after the sun sets.
Each day, Marrakesh enjoys between eight and nine hours of sunshine, along with a median cloud coverage which ranges from 33% (mostly clear) to 47% (partly cloudy). With such a high number of sunshine hours and such little cloud coverage, you'll get plenty of sun during your spring holiday in Marrakesh, so make sure you take light and airy clothing, plus suntan lotion with you to avoid sunburn and heatstroke.
After winter, spring is the wettest season of the year for Marrakesh. April is the wettest month, when 39mm of precipitation falls over an average of eight rainy days. March sees a similar 38mm of rainfall over eight days, but May sees just 24mm of rainfall over five days, when the spring season is transitioning into the much drier summer. When it rains, it will most often be in the form of thunderstorms or moderate rain during this season.
In addition to thunderstorms, sandstorms are also a current occurrence in Marrakesh in spring. This season is usually fairly windy, with the daily maximum wind speed ranging from 5 m/s to 6 m/s.
When winds get strong, they can pick up sand from the nearby Sahara Desert and blow it westward over the city, causing harsh, dry conditions and reduced visibility. When they're at their most severe, these sandstorms can even reduce visibility by so much that almost all transport comes to a halt.
When these sandstorms occur, there's very little you can do except to cover your nose and mouth with a scarf and seek shelter indoors or huddle near a building until the storm passes.
Summer Weather in Marrakesh
Summer – classed as June, July, August and September – is the hottest season for Marrakesh, characterised by clear blue skies, blazing sunshine and barely a drop of rainfall. During this season, the average temperature is 27°C, peaking at 29°C in July and August which are the resort's hottest months. Average highs range between 33°C and 38°C, whilst average lows drop down to between 19°C and 21°C.
However, it's not uncommon for temperatures to spike into the early- and mid-40s during heatwaves. Despite the summer evenings in Marrakesh being balmy, the significant drop in temperature between the daytime and night time can bring some much welcome relief from the consistently high temperatures.
Remember – Marrakesh is far from water and escape from the heat can only be found indoors or far away in the Atlas Mountains. Architects have built the city into a maze of high walls, narrow alleys and paths to create cool, shadowy walkways. This works to some extent but only to temper the heat. Luckily, humidity is low, helping to make the high temperatures a bit more bearable.
The first three months of summer are the sunniest, when the resort boasts an average of 11 hours of sunshine each day. This drops down to nine daily hours by September, when summer is transitioning into autumn.
Median cloud coverage is remarkably low during this season, ranging between highs of 33% and lows of 13%. These figures mean that the sky will be mostly clear for the majority of your holiday, so make sure you pack plenty of light and airy clothing and regularly slap on the suntan lotion.
Summer is the driest season of the year for Marrakesh. July is the driest month, with just 1mm of rainfall whilst September is the wettest month of the season with just 6mm of rain falling over the course of three wet days. The most common forms of precipitation for this time of year are thunderstorms, so be prepared for the odd stormy day during your holiday.
Autumn Weather in Marrakesh
Just like spring, autumn – classed as October and November – is also a great time to visit Marrakesh, when temperatures are pleasantly warm and rainfall is low. At this time of year, the average temperature is 19°C, which drops as the season develops.
Average daytime highs range from 23°C to 29°C and fall significantly down to 16°C and 11°C after dark, providing some much-welcomed respite from the heat of the daytime. Evenings can sometimes get a bit chilly – especially toward the end of November – so make sure you pack a light coat or jacket to keep you warm.
Despite it being autumn, October and November are still very sunny months, with an average of eight and seven daily sunshine hours apiece, respectively. Median cloud coverage stays steady throughout the season, ranging from lows of 33% up to highs of 37%. With such high sunshine hours and low cloud coverage, you'll have plenty of time to work on your tan and enjoy the sun during your autumn holiday in Marrakesh.
Compared to the dry summer season, autumn in Marrakesh is relatively wet. Rainfall starts out at 24mm over the course of six days in October and jumps up to 41mm over seven days by November.
This rainfall is often welcomed, as it helps cool and freshen up the air, and comes in the form of dramatic thunderstorms. Flash flooding can sometimes occur but any inconvenience caused is usually brief.
Winter Weather in Marrakesh
Winter – classed as December, January and February – is the coolest time of year to visit Marrakesh, when the resort enjoys mild days and cold nights. During this season, the average temperature is 13°C, with January being the coldest month of the year. Average daytime highs fall between 19°C and 21°C, whilst average night time lows drops down to 6°C-8°C.
While this is still a great time to visit the city, your need to be prepared for cold nights and not expect to be able to handle the icy waters of outdoor pools. Much of North Africa is desert and to the south of Morocco is the Western Sahara. While the coasts of Africa can receive temperate or even Mediterranean-type weather, the interior regions are mainly arid.
Even though it's winter, December, January and February still see a fair bit of sunshine, with 7-8 hours of full sun each day. Median cloud coverage at this time of year is consistently low, ranging between 34% and 42%. These figures translate into clear skies and sunshine for the majority of the season, with just a few cloudy spells.
Winter is the wettest season of the year for Marrakesh. February is the wettest month, when an average of 38mm of rain falls over seven wet days, followed by January with 32mm over eight days and December with a comparatively dry 13mm over seven days. When it rains in winter, it's most commonly in the form of moderately heavy downpours which are over with just as soon as they began.
The Atlas Mountains, which stretch down the eastern section of Morocco and pass by Marrakech, trap winds bearing precipitation. This is the reason as to why the foothills of the area – where Marrakesh sits – receive plenty of fresh water, whilst the surrounding areas are remarkably arid.