Morocco Weather in August 2024: Travel Tips for First-Timers

By Margaux | Updated May. 9, 2023

Hot and dry, August is another good off-season month for traveling in Morocco, especially enjoying its beaches, if you don't mind the heat.

Read on for more information about travel in Morocco in August, including weather info, with average temperatures, rainfall, humidity, and travel tips, including places to go and what to wear.

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1. Morocco Weather in August: Overview

Averages:

  • Temperature range: 20–32°C (69–89°F)
  • Rainfall: 0 cm (0 inches)
  • Rainy days: 2
  • Sunshine hours/day: 10
  • Ocean temperature: 20°C (69°F)
  • Humidity: 22–81% (dry in the desert to much more humid on the coast)

August is the second hottest month in Morocco, with only a slight decrease in temperatures from July. The days are warm and long throughout the country, with coastal cities also being very humid. This makes for a great time of year for a beach holiday.

During August in Morocco, you can also expect barely any rain throughout the country, with 10 hours of sunshine daily on average instead.

August Climate Comparison (Averages) for Morocco's Top Tourism Areas

City/Area High (ºC) Low (ºC) Rain (cm)
Casablanca/Rabat (largest cities, travel hubs) 26 21 0
Fez/Meknes (historical hubs) 34 18 0
Chefchaouen (Blue City, north Morocco) 30 19 0
Marrakesh (southern imperial city) 37 21 0
Essaouira/Agadir/Taghazout (windy beaches) 23 18 0
Mergouza (desert experiences) 40 25 0
Wonderful scenery in MoroccoWonderful scenery in Morocco

2. The Best Places to Visit in Morocco in August

If you're looking to visit Morocco in August, we highly recommend visiting one of Morocco's many beautiful beaches (or two if you have the time), and spending some time along the coastline. Temperatures in the desert city of Mergouza hit 40°C (104°F) in August, making it a little too hot to go venturing into the desert at this time of year.

Regardless of the weather, you'll have reason to spend some time in Morocco's top tourist spot: Marrakesh. It does get warm there in August, but it's worth the trip for sure.

To learn more about where we recommend visiting in Morocco in August, read on.

1) Adventure into Marrakesh

Cooking class in Marrakesh, MoroccoCooking class in Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh is an absolute must-see on any trip into Morocco, regardless of the weather. There you'd be able to see the beautiful Majorelle Gardens, the El Badi Palace, and you'd get the opportunity to see the red walls surrounding the old city (known as the medina).

To make sure you are as comfortable as possible, we recommend doing the more walking-heavy sightseeing early in the mornings or in the evenings if you're visiting in August, and doing some other indoor activities if you want to be active at the hottest times.

Marrakesh is well-known for its cooking classes, for example, where you can learn how to make a traditional Moroccan tagine. Many of these experiences also start with a trip to the market, known as the souk, to start off in order to find your ingredients. One of our most popular Marrakesh tours covers Marrakesh Cuisine and Majorelle Garden — 1-Day Marrakesh Private Tour with a Cooking Experience

2) Feel the Sand between Your Toes at Agadir Beaches

Agadir Beaches, MoroccoAgadir Beaches, Morocco

No August holiday trip to Morocco is complete without a visit to the beaches.

Why not check out Agadir's beaches, along the Atlantic coastline? The weather there isn't as oppressive as it can feel in other cities throughout the country in August, and you'll be able to enjoy some sunbathing as well as water sports if you are looking for a more-active beach holiday.

Agadir is popular with people of all ages, as you can also rent kayaks for a more-family-friendly water sport experience.

3) Go Shopping in Essaouira, then Ride a Camel on Sidi Kaouki Beach

The Sidi Kaouki Beach, MoroccoThe Sidi Kaouki Beach, Morocco

Also along the Atlantic coast, Essaouira is a popular city with visitors looking to buy beautiful Moroccan furniture to take home with them. The streets are lined with artisan shops, particularly those selling inlaid cabinetwork, and riads, traditional houses that are now guesthouses surrounding green courtyards.

After exploring Essaouira, we recommend visiting Sidi Kaouki beach for a wild, untouched beachfront. There you'll be able to ride camels and horses on the beach, and go surfing.

There are plenty of other beaches to choose from depending on what your preferred beach activity is. Read more about Where to Enjoy a Beach in Morocco: Top 10 Beaches.

4) Explore the Unparalleled Mosque in Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, MoroccoHassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

For those with an interest in architecture, we recommend stopping off in Casablanca. This is where you'll find the Unparalleled Mosque, the third biggest mosque in the world which is actually build across the sea. You can read more about visiting Casablanca in our piece about the Weather in Morocco in July, or on this list of The Top 8 Things to See in Casablanca.

To see a sample itinerary that includes both Casablanca and Marrakesh, check out this tour:

3. Morocco Festivals in August: Nomadic Festival

Camel riding in Marrakesh, MoroccoCamel riding in Marrakesh, Morocco

For those visiting Marrakesh in August with an interest in electronic music, don't forget to stop off at the Nomadic Festival (for those aged 18+ only).

This traveling music festival brings together the best underground electronic music from across the entire world, and in 2024, is stopping off in Marrakesh. Enjoy incredible music to the backdrop of the Moroccan sky and Atlas Mountains, a very unique location.

The line-up that Nomadic Festival has announced so far includes Hot Tears from Chicago, Chabbi from Marrakesh, Chika Musa from Lagos, Rosario Ferre hailing from Puerto Rico, and more.

4. Low Season: Less Crowds and Less Costly

Desert camping, MoroccoDesert camping, Morocco

August is a great time of year to visit because it is not the high season (which is March to May and September to October) due to higher temperatures across the country. As a result, a visit in August will be cheaper and you'll be seeing fewer crowds at main tourist destinations, and less people on the beaches too.

5. What to Wear in August

Terrasse view in Fez, MoroccoTerrasse view in Fez, Morocco

For those visiting Morocco in August, we recommend lots of sunscreen, a hat or cap, as well as sunglasses as a must. The days are sunny, so you'll want to make sure you come prepared, especially if you're looking to visit Morocco's beaches.

When venturing out into the cities, we recommend wearing natural fabrics and lighter colors, as those tend to lock in less heat. Beige trousers or a lighter colored shirt are a great idea, or a longer dress or skirt will also work well.

Morocco is a predominantly Muslim country, so we don't recommend showing too much skin, especially if you're planning on visiting the cities. While on the beach this generally does not matter as much, especially if you are in a beachside resort, where swimwear is acceptable and expected.

If you are hoping to visit a mosque, we recommend women to bring a headscarf or a shawl to wrap around. And for all the walking that you'll be doing, we recommend sturdy footwear for comfort!

Monthly Weather in Morocco

Recommended Tours for Morocco in August

To get you started on planning your August trip to Morocco, we have linked four popular itineraries to give you some ideas, or if you're looking to see the main tourist sites, we can adjust these to suit you:

If you're looking to get an itinerary tailor-made, we can also do that. Contact us to begin a tour inquiry. Just let us know what you're looking to see, what your needs are, and when you're looking to visit Morocco, and Global Highlights' dedicated and knowledgeable team can come back with some suggestions for you.

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