Morocco weather in August

From the windswept Sahara to the azure hues of Chefchaouen, Morocco draws travellers from all over the globe. August in Morocco unfolds with a symphony of intense heat, creating an atmospheric backdrop for immersive travel experiences. Classified as the high season, this month beckons adventurers to embrace the warmth. Here is our guide to the weather in Morocco in August.

Is August a good time to visit Morocco?

August continues the summertime allure in Morocco, with a sun-drenched ambience that beckons travellers to coastal retreats and cultural hotspots. While the interior regions may experience warmer temperatures, the coastal cities offer a more temperate climate, making it an ideal time to indulge in the country's coastal charm and diverse landscapes.

Overall, August can be a challenging time to visit Morocco for some travellers due to the intense heat that prevails during this month. However, if you can tolerate and appreciate the heat, August can still offer rewarding experiences. 

Want to know more about the weather? Read all about the best time to visit Morocco.

 Essaouira beach sunset © Pixabay

Essaouira beach sunset © Pixabay

Air & sea temperatures in Morocco in August

In August, Morocco experiences warm temperatures, with average air temperatures ranging from 25°C to 40°C, while sea temperatures along the coast generally range between 21°C and 24°C.

August temperatures in northern Morocco

August temperatures in northern Morocco (cities like Tangier and Tetouan) typically range from 22°C to 37°C, with coastal areas experiencing milder temperatures and slightly warmer conditions inland.

August temperatures in central Morocco

Central Morocco (cities like Rabat and Casablanca)  sees August temperatures ranging from 28°C to 42°C, with variations in elevation influencing the climate, and coastal areas being somewhat milder than inland regions.

August temperatures in Morocco’s mountains

In Morocco's mountainous regions (such as the Atlas Mountains), August temperatures vary based on altitude, with lower elevations ranging from 15°C to 30°C, and higher elevations experiencing cooler temperatures between 10°C and 20°C.

August temperatures in southern Morocco

Southern Morocco (cities like Marrakech and Ouarzazate) generally have higher August temperatures, ranging from 32°C to 47°C, with the desert areas experiencing the higher end of the temperature range.

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Panoramic view from the Daliyya (Dalia) Beach on the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier, Morocco © Shutterstock

The weather in Morocco in August is great for discovering Tangier © Shutterstock

Average rainfall in August

August maintains the trend of low average rainfall in Morocco, with the country basking in the warmth of summer. Rainfall is scarce during this month, creating a dry and arid climate. 

Coastal areas may still encounter occasional sea breezes, but overall, August offers travellers the chance to revel in the dry and sunny conditions, making it an opportune time for outdoor activities and cultural exploration.

What about the crowd & cost?

August continues the trend of heightened tourist activity in Morocco. With schools on summer break and favourable weather, crowds persist in popular destinations. 

Accommodations and activities may experience higher demand, potentially leading to increased costs. Travelers visiting in August should plan ahead and be mindful of the bustling atmosphere that characterizes this peak summer period.

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Vineyards at Casablanca, Valparaiso © abriendomundo/Shutterstock

Vineyards at Casablanca, Valparaiso © abriendomundo/Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Morocco in August

To ensure your trip is both enjoyable and comfortable, consider these essential tips for navigating Morocco in August.

What to pack for Morocco in August?

As August continues the summer warmth in Morocco, packing revolves around staying cool and comfortable. Lightweight clothing, including breathable tops, shorts, and skirts, is essential. A swimsuit is a valuable addition, especially if you plan on enjoying the coastal areas. 

Bring a good guidebook

Enhance your travel experience by bringing a reliable guidebook. A comprehensive guide will provide valuable insights into Morocco's rich history, culture, and attractions, ensuring you make the most of your journey. 

Sun protection

Given the intensity of the summer sun, prioritize sun protection. Pack high-SPF sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun's rays. These essentials are crucial for enjoying outdoor activities without compromising your well-being.

Dress modestly

Respect local customs by dressing modestly. Choose clothing that covers shoulders and knees, especially when visiting religious sites or more conservative areas. This not only aligns with cultural norms but also ensures a smoother and more respectful interaction with the local community.

Want to be better prepared for your trip to Morocco? Also read our useful tips for travelling to Morocco.

Fez tanneries, Morocco © Shutterstock

The weather in Morocco in August is great for discovering Fez © Shutterstock

What to do in Morocco in August

As August bathes Morocco in warmth, dive into a blend of cultural celebrations, mountain escapes, and tantalizing experiences. Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Morocco in August

Imilchil Marriage Festival,

Embark on a cultural odyssey at the Imilchil Marriage Festival. Witness the unique traditions and celebrations surrounding the union of Berber couples. August offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in vibrant festivities and age-old customs.

Tanjazz Festival

Let the rhythm of the Tanjazz Festival echo through the vibrant streets of Tangier. August marks the crescendo of this musical celebration, featuring jazz artists from around the world. Join the locals and international music enthusiasts for unforgettable nights filled with soulful tunes.

Mountain retreats

Escape the summer heat by retreating to the cool embrace of Morocco's mountainous landscapes. August is an ideal time to explore the High Atlas or the Rif Mountains, offering a respite with refreshing breezes, scenic trails, and the warmth of local hospitality.

Traditional Moroccan mint tea with sweets © Shutterstock

Traditional Moroccan mint tea with sweets © Shutterstock

Water activities

Cool off in Morocco's coastal bliss with an array of water activities. Whether it's the Atlantic shores or the Mediterranean coast, August invites you to indulge in surfing, paddleboarding, or simply basking in the sun on pristine beaches.

Enjoy Moroccan cuisine

Discover the flavours of Moroccan cuisine as August unfolds. From tagines to couscous, explore the diverse culinary delights. Whether in a bustling market or a quaint riad, let your taste buds dance with the richness of traditional dishes.

Summer markets and bazaars

Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Morocco's summer markets and bazaars. August showcases an array of crafts, textiles, and local treasures. Wander through the lively stalls, bargaining for unique souvenirs, and soaking in the lively atmosphere of these bustling marketplaces.

Planning your August Morocco trip

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Whenever you're ready to set off on your journey, contact us, and we'll create a tailor-made itinerary to suit your desires. Explore our existing Morocco itineraries for inspiration, knowing that each one can be adjusted to meet your specific preferences.

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 20.05.2024

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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