The Souss-Massa Region has a moderate climate, with dry and semi-arid tendencies. The geographical diversity of the Region makes it possible to have contrasting weather within a few kilometers. This is where the anecdote comes from: In Souss-Massa, it is 4 seasons at the same time!
In spring, the sun is strong but the temperatures remain moderate, and the air is pleasantly cool. The weather is therefore good for hiking in the foothills of the High Atlas and picnics in the plains of Souss and Chtouka.
Starting from May, the temperature rises and summer often arrives early. During the months of June, July and August, the coastal zone is the best spot to spend your holidays. Despite the heat, the Atlantic breeze cools the air and makes the days quite mild. In the evening, the atmosphere is magical and the mild climate is perfect for walks and celebrations. Note that in summer mornings mists are usual. The good weather often extends until mid-October, and offers a chance to experience a peaceful Indian-like summer by the sea.
At the base of the High Atlas and Anti-Atlas, temperatures often exceed 30° C, with a high level of humidity, which makes the air difficult to breathe. In the south, it is Sahrawi summer known for high temperatures record, chergui and sandstorms!
– Even in spring, cold-blooded animals are very active. Watch out for snakes and scorpions.
– If you are in the south of the Region in summer (Tata and southern Massa), avoid being exposed to the sun for a long time, and stay hydrated.
– Far from the coast, in summer, day/night temperature differences can be significant. Bring mid-season clothing.
– Bad weather can take you by surprise especially at the level of the High Atlas. Check the weather beforehand if you plan to go on multi-day treks.
The autumn weather is somewhat similar to that of spring, and the season is often very short. It is characterized by clear skies, strong winds and rare rains. In winter, the days are generally sunny but the temperature remains quite low. The nights, on the other hand, can be very cold, especially at the base of the mountains and in the oases in the south of the Region.
In the north of the Region, it often snows in some massifs of the High Atlas in the month October, and the air currents carry the icy freshness to Taroudant and its surroundings. The same is true around Tafraout and Chtouka Ait Baha. Tata’s winter is even milder, and is similar to that of the Drâa oases. Nevertheless, in the evening, the temperature often drops to 0° C.
It rains rather late, and only intensifies in December and January. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for the Region to experience severe weather and lightning storms, especially in the East and North. The beds of the main dry rivers then fill up, and often overflow in certain rural communes.
The Ammeln valley as well as the Achtouken countryside are very pleasant in February, the blossoming season of the almond trees. On the coast, it’s surfing season! The waters of the Atlantic become icy due to the swell, and the waves reach dizzying heights.
– Even in winter, the sun’s rays can be very strong. Wear sunglasses and hats during treks and hikes.
– At the foot of the mountains and in the oases, the temperatures are quite low in the evening! Remember to have warm clothes.
– Watch for landslides on roads and villages;
– While exploring the massifs and valleys at Tafraout and Taroudant, watch out for wolves and wild boars.