Morocco weather in December

Morocco's enchanting landscapes and diverse culture continue to captivate travellers even in the heart of winter. December ushers in a unique experience, as the country's diverse regions offer a mix of festive charm, delightful temperatures, and cultural depth. Here’s our guide to the weather in Morocco in December.

Is December a good time to visit Morocco?

December can indeed be a fantastic time to experience Morocco for several compelling reasons.

While much of Europe is shivering in the cold, Morocco boasts mild and comfortable temperatures. The winter weather is ideal for exploring Morocco's historic cities, hiking in the Atlas Mountains, or even enjoying some sun on the coastal beaches.

Thinking of visiting Morocco in December? Embark on your dream trip hassle-free with the help of our Morocco travel experts.

Aerial view of Agadir in Morocco © Shutterstock

Aerial view of Agadir in Morocco © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Morocco in December

The temperature in Morocco in December can vary depending on the region you visit, as Morocco has diverse climates.

December temperatures in northern Morocco

In Morocco's northern coastal areas, December brings cooler temperatures. Daytime highs typically range from 15°C to 18°C (59°F to 64°F), while nighttime temperatures can drop to 7°C to 10°C (45°F to 50°F).

Sea temperatures along the northern coast in December are around 16°C to 18°C (61°F to 64°F). While these temperatures are not ideal for swimming, they can still be pleasant for a seaside walk or to enjoy the coastal scenery.

December temperatures in central Morocco

The central region, which includes cities like Marrakech and Fez, experiences relatively cool temperatures in December. Daytime highs average around 14°C to 17°C (57°F to 63°F), with nights getting even colder at 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F). 

You'll definitely need warm clothing to stay comfortable, and it's an excellent opportunity to experience the bustling medinas and historical sites without the intense summer heat.

Planning a trip to Marrakech? Start preparing for your trip with our guide to the best accommodation options in Marrakech.

December temperatures in Morocco’s mountains

The Atlas Mountains, known for their stunning landscapes and hiking opportunities, can be quite cold in December. Daytime temperatures in areas like Ifrane and Midelt are typically around 9°C to 12°C (48°F to 54°F). At night, temperatures can plummet to -3°C to 1°C (27°F to 34°F) or even lower, so be prepared for sub-zero conditions 

December temperatures in southern Morocco

The southern regions of Morocco, including the Sahara Desert and Ouarzazate, remain relatively comfortable in December. 

Daytime temperatures usually reach 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F), while nighttime temperatures hover around 7°C to 10°C (45°F to 50°F). These mild temperatures make December a great time for desert adventures and stargazing

Browse our inspirational Morocco itineraries to start planning your perfect trip.

Essaouira in Morocco © Shutterstock

Essaouira, Morocco © Shutterstock

Average rainfall in December

December sees slightly more rainfall in Morocco than November, but it's still a relatively dry month in most regions.

Coastal areas might experience occasional light rain, while the central region, including Marrakech, may receive a bit more precipitation compared to previous months.

However, this should not deter you from planning your visit, as the overall amount of rain is generally low.

For more detail on the weather in Morocco around the year, read up on best time to go to Morocco.

What about the crowd & cost?

December is considered the shoulder season in Morocco, meaning fewer tourists compared to the summer months. To experience even fewer crowds and potentially better accommodation deals, consider visiting during the first half of December.

Travelling to Morocco in December can offer excellent value for money. Accommodations and flights tend to be more affordable compared to the peak tourist season.

Set on taking a winter break? For further inspo, discover more of the best places to visit in December.

Street in the blue city of Chefchaouen in Morocco © Delpixel/Shutterstock

Blue City, Chefchaouen, Morocco © Shutterstock

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Mountains of the Jebel Sahro, Morocco ©  Louise Bottomley/Shutterstock

Jebel Sahro mountains, Morocco © Shutterstock

Tips for travelling to Morocco in December

Planning a journey requires careful consideration. Here are some of our travel tips for visiting Morocco for those looking to explore this fantastic country.

What to pack for Morocco in December?

When packing for a December trip to Morocco, consider the cool evenings and potentially chilly days. Pack layers, including sweaters and a light jacket.

Don't forget comfortable walking shoes for exploring the cities and comfortable, modest clothing, especially if you plan to visit religious sites or staying in more conservative areas.

Prepare for crowds

December is a high season in Morocco, so be prepared for larger queues at popular attractions. Make reservations in advance to secure your stay and plan your itinerary accordingly.

Check for local holidays and closures

Keep in mind that Morocco observes several holidays in December, which may affect business hours and services. It's a good idea to check for local holidays and closures before your trip to avoid any inconveniences.

Learn some bartering

Bartering is a common practice in Moroccan markets (souks). It's an essential skill to master when shopping for souvenirs. Be prepared to negotiate for the best price while maintaining a friendly and respectful attitude.

Tin Mal Mosque, Morocco

Weather in December in Morocco great for seeing cultural sites © Shutterstock

What to do in Morocco in December 

December in Morocco promises a host of exciting activities and events to explore. Here’s our pick of the best things to do in Morocco in December.

Ski in the Atlas Mountains

For an unexpected Moroccan activity, head to the Atlas Mountains for some skiing. Morocco offers ski resorts with beautiful mountain landscapes for an adventurous winter experience.

Stay in a traditional Moroccan riad

Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture by staying in a traditional riad. These charming guesthouses offer a glimpse into the country's architectural and design traditions.

Visit the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis

Explore the well-preserved ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the historical significance and architecture of this archaeological gem.

Discover Souss-Massa National Park

Explore the natural beauty of Morocco at the Souss-Massa National Park, a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Witness diverse wildlife and breathtaking coastal landscapes.

View of Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, Morocco © Elena Odareeva/Shutterstock

Weather in Morocco in December is slightly cooler © Shutterstock

Planning your December Morocco trip

Discover the beauty of Morocco with the guidance of our local travel experts. We handle every detail of the planning and booking for your adventure.

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.

For more travel inspiration see our Rough Guide to Morocco.

Things not to miss: Cliff side hangs over road on the Tizi n'Test Pass through Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

Tizi n'Test Pass through Atlas Mountains, Morocco. © Shutterstock

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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