Weather in the Sahara
The climate of the Sahara is characterized by very low rainfall, hot days and cool nights. The biggest differences are in summer, when it’s hotter and drier and there’s a greater temperature difference between day and night. In winter, the temperatures are milder during the day but it’s much colder at night.
Spring and autumn is when the temperature contrast is the least, being somewhat hot during the day and slightly cool at night.
Summer is when the heat is the most intense, sometimes exceeding 40 degrees (100 Fahrenheit) during the day, being somewhat cooler at night.
Winter is the coldest and most humid, and you’ll need shelter for the cold night, although during the day the temperature is pleasant.
Below you can see that the month-to-month weather in Merzouga boasts clear skies year-round. You can also see the average low and high temperatures. The source is the statistical data collected in recent years in Merzouga-Erg Chebbi, which can be extrapolated to any area of the Sahara desert (for example, in M’Hamid-Erg Chegaga the temperature varies approximately one degree with respect to what is described here):
Next Few Days
We also offer you information about the weather in Merzouga today and a forecast for the next 7 days:
Desert temperatures normally vary greatly from day to night, although in both spring and autumn the temperatures are more moderate, being warm in the daytime and cool at night. In summer and winter the greatest precautions are needed, due to extreme heat on summer days and extreme cold on winter nights. On the other hand, it’s not likely to rain at any time of the year.
Regardless of when you decide to travel, the Sahara is an unpredictable environment where it’s always a good idea to take certain precautions, such as wearing sunglasses and sunscreen, breathable and comfortable clothing, a cap and a scarf to protect you from the sun and wind and sturdy and ankle-covering footwear. For the night it’s a good idea to bring some warm clothing, a warm hat and a sleeping bag.
If you want to know more, visit our page on the Sahara desert.