The weeks of hot weather across Morocco are set to continue until at least the end of August. Long range weather predictions are all suggesting that the first break may be on August 24 in Marrakech, when rain is a possibility.
Marrakech temperatures are going to remain high with tops around 40 or 41 degrees Celsius.
Fez will continue hot with temperatures in the high 30s. Rain is not expected in Fez until August 30th
Temperatures will be particularly hot from Wednesday this week through to the weekend with highs over 40 degrees Celsius a possibility.
Escaping the heat has caused thousands to head to the beaches, rivers and swimming pools.
Local swimming pools have been extremely crowded as have resorts near Fez such as Sidi Harazem, the famous oasis Moroccan between Fez and Taza. This mineral water is reputed to have healing properties for the liver and kidneys. Many spa visitors come , not just to swim, but to drink the water while praying to Sidi Harazem, the patron saint of springs. It is a still water with low mineral magnesium bicarbonate. It is marketed by the spa water company (Sotherma).
While the Medina in Marrakech has a large number of swimming pools for visitors, Fez is not so lucky and there has been an unfortunate grab fro profits by some pool owners that has caused people to look further afield. One of the previously popular pools at Riad Alkantara has always been on the expensive side but now is charging adults 150 dirhams to swim and children 75. As one mother with three young children told The View from Fez, "Fifty dirhams to go for a swim would be reasonable... but 150 for me and then 225 for my children? That's just plain wrong."
Another mother said she had been shocked when the Riad tried to charge her for bringing in her two year old daughter.
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