Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Zagora Morocco
In Zagora, the summers are sweltering, arid, and clear and the winters are cool, dry, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 39°F to 107°F and is rarely below 33°F or above 112°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Zagora for hot-weather activities are from mid April to late June and from early September to mid October.
Average Temperature in Zagora
The hot season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 4 to September 11, with an average daily high temperature above 99°F. The hottest month of the year in Zagora is July, with an average high of 107°F and low of 80°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 19 to February 22, with an average daily high temperature below 73°F. The coldest month of the year in Zagora is January, with an average low of 40°F and high of 66°F.
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Goodyear, Arizona, United States (5,934 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Zagora (view comparison).
In Zagora, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Zagora begins around June 5 and lasts for 3.0 months, ending around September 4.
The clearest month of the year in Zagora is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 96% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 4 and lasts for 9.0 months, ending around June 5.
The cloudiest month of the year in Zagora is October, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.
Zagora does not experience significant seasonal variation in the frequency of wet days (i.e., those with greater than 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation). The frequency ranges from 0% to 6%, with an average value of 3%.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Zagora is October, with an average of 1.6 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 6% on February 18.
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Zagora experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Zagora. The month with the most rain in Zagora is November, with an average rainfall of 0.4 inches.
The month with the least rain in Zagora is July, with an average rainfall of 0.0 inches.
The length of the day in Zagora varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2023, the shortest day is December 22, with 10 hours, 11 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 6 minutes of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:49 AM on April 22, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 32 minutes later at 8:21 AM on January 9. The earliest sunset is at 6:22 PM on December 2, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 7 minutes later at 8:29 PM on July 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Zagora during 2023, starting in the spring on March 19, lasting 1.1 months, and ending in the fall on April 23.
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2023. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The perceived humidity level in Zagora, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Zagora experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.1 months, from March 10 to August 13, with average wind speeds of more than 8.6 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Zagora is May, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.9 months, from August 13 to March 10. The calmest month of the year in Zagora is December, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.3 miles per hour.
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Zagora varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 4.1 weeks, from March 6 to April 4; for 4.3 months, from May 1 to September 9; and for 1.3 months, from October 2 to November 10, with a peak percentage of 32% on August 12. The wind is most often from the west for 3.9 weeks, from April 4 to May 1 and for 3.3 weeks, from September 9 to October 2, with a peak percentage of 30% on April 24. The wind is most often from the north for 3.9 months, from November 10 to March 6, with a peak percentage of 33% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Zagora throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Zagora for general outdoor tourist activities are from late February to early May and from mid October to mid November, with a peak score in the last week of March.
Tourism Score in Zagora
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Zagora for hot-weather activities are from mid April to late June and from early September to mid October, with a peak score in the third week of May.
Beach/Pool Score in Zagora
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen in Zagora over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is January 4, with a 60% chance.
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Zagora should appear around January 17, only rarely appearing before January 12 or after January 30.
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from April 12 to August 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.3 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Zagora is June, with an average of 8.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from October 31 to February 3, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.6 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Zagora is December, with an average of 3.7 kWh.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Zagora are 30.332 deg latitude, -5.838 deg longitude, and 2,405 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Zagora contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 866 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,404 feet. Within 10 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,864 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,932 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Zagora is covered by bare soil (66%) and cropland (19%), within 10 miles by bare soil (88%), and within 50 miles by bare soil (95%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Zagora, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There is only a single weather station, Ouarzazate Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Zagora.
At a distance of 123 kilometers from Zagora, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Zagora according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
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