Morocco in May too hot? No it isn't.
Replies: 10 - Last Post: May 25, 2013 6:11 PM Last Post By: kiwibabe
Feb 8, 2013 1:41 PM
Morocco in May too hot? No it isn't.Please note: visiting Morocco in May is not too hot. It's fine. The temperatures vary considerably all over Morocco and depending upon where you are it can be hot, warm or cool in May. June it will be hot. July it will be hot. August it will be hot. September it can be hot. It can even be hot in October. But please visit in May if you want to, you will be fine!
Not sure why "May in Morocco is too hot" is going around but I someone said they saw it from Lonely Planet. Just wanted to set this record straight.
Feb 8, 2013 3:07 PM
Feb 8, 2013 4:07 PM
2HI - I usually recommend May as a lovely month or one of the best months for visiting Morocco! I havent heard this - but Ive not been back here with LP long.
May is generally a nice month - I prefer Feb for the almond blossoms and March and April for the ongoing spring flowers around the country and snow topped mountains still - very picturesque and lovely sunshine - when the UK is often still pretty cold.
May is very green with field crops thriving usually and poppies around the place as well - May is also the rose festival time at Kelaa Mgouna and yes can be around 30 degrees
- which I guess 30 degrees can be too hot - Im here in NZ and its too hot and we are grumbling at 26 degrees - so whats too hot?!
its true it can suddenly churn out 40 degrees in May but rarely does this happen - which of course can be said to be too hot throughout the sahara and southern morocco from Tafraoute, Marrakech, through to the desert but not generally these temperatures until late JUne-July through to September. My latest visit for 5 weeks through Sept to Oct Sept suddenly turned very cold - it had been boiling around Merzouga and Er RAchidia , as in 4-45 degrees - and then when we got to the Dades it rained for 2 days and the place was freezing - it stayed cold for about a week right through to Tafraoute. Definitely glad to have my cardigan!
Just as London is generally nice and still summery in Sept and Oct we were having 15 degrees this year so a visitor to London would then say London is a terribly cold place with terrible weather dont go there! but generally the summers are divine - just like May in Morocco is!
So the weather and climate is unpredictable pretty much everywhere and we cant guarantee anything for anywhere!
If it gets hot and just as when we are in Morocco during hot months there are areas that are great for visiting for respite areas to cool off in - such as going out to the coastal spots such as Sidi Ifni, Aglou plage, Agadir, Essaouira etc - then areas inland in the mountains such as Cascade douzoud, Ait Bougoumez (which is particularly divine in May - and even in the hot everywhere else months of June-July Ait Bougoumez has thousands of orchids in bloom and the fields are still being cut and harvested), Telouet, Dades and Todra gorges and areas in the Ziz vallley such as Zouala and Blue Meski.
I particularly like being out in the desert in the hottest months as its drier and the friends I have there have cool houses and hotels we stay at have air conditioning and pools and are geared up for surviving happily in the desert.
Ive been going to Morocco for years now and ive learnt that even from late Jan to have sandals and layerable clothes ready for warm weather...in May Id only take more than sandals such as shoes for any hiking/walks we might do
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Feb 10, 2013 12:55 PM
8Tanger is in a temperate Mediterranean climate zone, Marrakech is inland and hundreds of kilometres further south, so I wouldn't think of lumping them together in one forecast, and seeing as the temperatures in Marrakech this week have been in the mid 20s, I think your research source is a bit dubious.
May 22, 2013 10:39 AM
9Reporting back - it was indeed much hotter inland. Marrakesh was around 30 during my stay earlier this month, as was Fes. Those temperatures are too hot by my standards. Our train ride between Fes and Casablanca was hell. Even the locals were suffering. Casablanca, Tanger and Chefchaouen were much cooler, typical Med weather for the time period.
So if you're a heat-hater like me, early May is the limit for going inland. Bring a hat.
May 25, 2013 6:11 PM
10it really is not always dead set though la_vanessa as Ive just now been in Morocco from 11 April until 19 May and after being from Marrakech to Msemrir to Er Rachidia and Merzouga and then to Tafraoute the temps have been so varied - from nice 24-25 degrees the temps dropped to 8-10 for a few day and then became 29-33 for a few days which yes the 33 was getting a bit uncomfortable - but bearable - and then back down around 10 degrees for a couple of weeks so everyone was back in winter clothes up until when I left. now Im told its warm again
during some of that Marrakech had rain and temps had dropped a bit too.
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