Winter daytime average maximum temperatures in the Balearic Islands are significantly lower than the Canaries, peaking at about 15 °C (59 °F), with about 5 hours of sunshine per day and some 22 dry days each month on average. North Africa is usually warm in winter, but not exclusively so. Marrakech is a favourite spot for holidaymakers at this time of the year, with average daily maxima of 19 °C (66 °F), 7 hours of sunshine, and about 20-24 dry days each month.
The Balearic temperatures begin to warm respectably during the spring months, peaking at about 22 °C (72 °F) in May. By then, there are about 10 hours of sunshine on average per day, and also 25 dry days. Despite settled warm daytime weather, North African nights can be surprisingly cool, even in May. Coastal regions have a fairly constant daytime maximum temperature of about 22 °C (72 °F), but inland, the value reaches a hot 29 °C (84 °F) by the end of May. Sunshine figures are similar to those of the Balearics, but there should be up to 29 dry days each month.
The peak summer season in the Balearics sees average daily maximum temperatures up to a very warm 29 °C (85 °F) with a respectable average of 11 hours of sunshine. The summer months are essentially dry, with up to 30 dry days. Morocco is extremely hot in mid-summer, Marrakech experiencing an average daily maximum temperature of a searing 38 °C (100 °F) in July. However, on the Atlantic coast, sea breezes keep the temperatures down to a more acceptable 27 °C (81 °F). The North African summer is virtually totally dry, and up to 11 hours of sunshine can be expected.
Autumnal sea temperatures are still comfortably high for swimming in both areas, and so with daily average maximum temperatures remaining at about 27 °C (81 °F) in September and early October, the area is an ideal spot for a late holiday. However, these temperatures will have fallen back to 18 °C (66 °F) in the Balearics by November, but remain several degrees higher in North Africa. The months have now become rather wetter, with about 22 dry days. Sunshine hours have reduced to about 5 by November in the Balearics, but 7-8 hours in North Africa.
Last updated: 17 December 2013