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August is the height of summer in Morocco, bringing baking-hot temperatures and making the Sahara Desert off-limits in this season. However, the high altitudes of the Atlas Mountains have cooler temperatures and are open to a vista of incredible Moroccan wilderness. Whereas, a trip to Essaouira and its peripheral coastal areas is ideal for beach activities or simply basking in the sun to get a tan on.

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Morocco Weather in August

Camel caravan, Sahara Desert, Morocco
Camel caravan going through the sand dunes in the beautiful Sahara Desert.

August is the peak summer month in Morocco. The mercury can soar to a scorching 45℃ in the Sahara, while on the Moroccan coasts, temperatures sit in the high 20s. Precipitation is at its lowest in early August days, and the chances of rainfall increase as the month progresses. Cities like Marrakesh get minimal rainfall, maybe a day or two, aggregating up to 3.4mm of precipitation. Meanwhile, moving around the High Altlas region is manageable; the mercury can reach a maximum of 36℃—but still, doable for short-distance hikes.

For a seasonal overview, check out our guide on the Best Time to Visit Morocco.

Weather in Morocco in August - Rainfall and Temperatures

JulAugSep
Avg Daily (°C)383833
Avg Nightly (°C)212119
Avg Daily (°F)10110192
Avg Nightly (°F)707067
Avg Rainfall (mm)136

Why Visit Morocco in August

Different colors of surf on a the sandy beach in Casablanca   Morocco.
The long swell season of Casablanca invites surfing enthusiasts to conquer the massive Atlantic waves.
Kasbah Telouet, Morocco
An ornate window in the Kasbah Telouet in Morocco overlooks the fields and the Atlas Mountains.

As well as its scenic wonders, traveling to Morocco in August will introduce you to an array of fascinating architectural heritage as you travel back in time to revisit the ancient culture and traditions of the country.

  • Lower prices: While prices peak in the resort towns on the coast, many of Morocco’s inland destinations offer discounts on accommodation and tours. August offers the best prices on flights and accommodations if you want to escape the crowded beaches to explore the country’s landscape and culture instead.
  • Local festivities: Festivals in Morocco are usually reserved for the cooler months. However, in August, you can experience the Muslim festival of Moussem Moulay Abdellah Amghar on the Atlantic coast near El Jadida, the marriage festival of Imilchil in the Atlas Mountains, and the Setti Fatima agricultural festival and market in the Ourika Valley inland from Marrakech.
  • Explore the interior: August offers ideal conditions to venture beyond the main cities to the oasis towns and villages such as Meski, on the northern edge of the Sahara Desert. Witness the magnificent Berber traditions, or engage in small talk with the locals over a cup of mint tea as you learn more about the Moroccan lifestyle.
  • Hit the beaches: Soak up the sun on some of the most fabulous beaches in North Africa. While you’re at it, visit resort towns such as Maril on the Mediterranean coast and Taghazout, Casablanca, and Agadir on the wilder Atlantic coast.

Where to Go and What to Do

Traditional souvenir Moroccan lamps at the oriental market in Morocco
Traditional Moroccan hanging lanterns, designed to hold candles, feature metalwork lattice, and beautiful tinted stained glass.

The towering limestone walls and shady overhangs of Todra Gorge are a perfect antidote to Morocco’s baking August weather. Meski Oasis epitomizes the Arabian Nights' image of a Saharan Oasis with its ruined mud-brick citadel and cold springs.

The Medina at Fez is one of the world’s largest pedestrian-only zones, and you can lose yourself for days among its alleyways and bazaars. However, go to the colorful Choura Tannery only if you can withstand the scorching summer heat.

Visit Agadir, Asilah, and Essaouira for beach activities in August. Likewise, a trip to Casablanca also offers refreshing summer breezes, but watch out for the bustling tourist traffic in the streets and cafes. For a quieter holiday, head out to the Atlas Mountains; the mountains and their periphery offer some of the best outdoor activities in Morocco. If working up a sweat is not your preference, explore the history of the Dades Valley, or experience Ouarzazate’s culture and lifestyle.
For an in-depth review of the country’s attractions, check out the guide on Things to Do in Morocco.

What to bring

Leather tannery in Fez, Morocco
Chouara Tannery in Fez is the largest tannery in the city and one of the oldest in Morocco.

Despite the daytime heat, Morocco has cooler nights. Pack a few warmer garments if you are traveling to the desert or up in the High Atlas. Also, remember that Morocco is a Muslim country; revealing clothes may be frowned on, especially in rural areas. When visiting mosques, women should wear a head covering, men should roll their sleeves down, and everyone must remove their shoes.

Although the high temperatures may bring a few challenges, traveling to Morocco in August will be rewarding. The high altitudes region of the Atlas Mountains has ideal conditions for sightseeing tours and hiking trips. Likewise, the coasts offer plenty of beach activities to beat the summer heat.

Browse through our travel guide on how many days to spend in Morocco for further insights on destinations and activities in Morocco in August. To create an itinerary that best suits you, reach out to our Morocco travel experts. Or, for instant inspiration, you can check our tours to Morocco in August.

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Published by Will Cooper, updated on May 9, 2023

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