Monday, March 21, 2016

Morocco's Spring Retreats With Snow Forecast

After a week of warm spring weather, the Moroccan National Directorate of Meteorology has warned that cold weather is about to return - at least for a few days

Rain and showers are expected today (Monday, March 21) over much of the country. There are also expected to be snowfalls in the High and Middle Atlas.

The weather forecast issued by the National Directorate of Meteorology predicts cold weather through the interior and the Oriental (*see below). There will also be rain and occasional thunderstorms over the western plains, the Oriental, the Mediterranean coast, the Rif, the Atlas and surrounding areas, and on the Atlantic plains stretching from Tangier to Sidi Ifni.

Snowfall is expected in the High and Middle Atlas at altitudes exceeding 1200 m. Among the areas affected by the snowfall are Azilal, Khenifra, Ifrane, El Hajeb, Sefrou, Taza (South), Midelt, Boulemane and reliefs under Beni Mellal, Al Haouz, Chichaoua, Taroudant (North), Tinghir and Ouarzazate.

The rains, may exceed 60 mm, are scheduled from today until Wednesday Khénifra, Azilal, Beni Mellal, Kelâa Sraghna, Al Haouz, Ifrane, Al Hajeb and Taounate, while heavy showers Tuesday and Wednesday will affect regions of Tangier, Larache, Kenitra, Rabat-Salé, Skhirat, Mohammedia, Casablanca, Safi, Khemisset, Khouribga, Youssoufia, Marrakech and Rhamna.

Elsewhere cloudy conditions will prevail with the chance of sand storms in the southern provinces and southern Oriental regions.

Minimum temperatures will vary from -5 to 1 ° in the Atlas, 3 to 8 of the Rif and the highlands, from 8 to 14 on the coast, the northern plains,  and the centre and Mediterranean shore.

The south is expected to markedly warmer with 15 to 20 degrees Celsius in the southeast and northeast of the southern provinces and between 24 and 29 degrees in the extreme south.

What the hell happened to spring?

The sea is expected to be a little rough around the Mediterranean,  becoming progressively rougher between Tangier and Rabat, moderate to rough between Rabat and Tan Tan, slight or moderate between Tan Tan and Dakhla and south of Dakhla.

*Oriental: (Tamazight: Tagmuḍant; Arabic: الجهة الشرقية; French: Oriental) is one of the twelve regions of Morocco, located in the northeastern part of the country. It covers an area of 82,900 km² and has a population of 2,314,346 (2014 census). It includes the provinces of Berkane, Driouch, Figuig, Guercif, Jerada, Nador, Taourirt and Oujda-Angad Perfecture

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