Morocco: 2023 Recorded as Hottest Year on Record

The Directorate General of Meteorology (DGM) announced that 2023 has become the hottest year on record since at least the beginning of the 20th century, in a post on its LinkedIn page on Saturday, June 22, 2024.

The DGM published “timelines” for Morocco, a visual representation of temperature change, stating that “the anomaly in average annual temperature reached +1.77°C above the climatic norm for the period 1981-2010, surpassing the previous record set just the year before (2022) of +0.14°C.”

These stripes represent much more than just data; they tell a story of the urgent action needed to combat climate change.

The DGM emphasizes in its post: “Today, inspired by Ed Hawkins and supported by the WMO, we are raising awareness about human-caused climate change and its cascading impacts on populations and our planet.”

This situation is further aggravated by the rainwater deficit and other climatic and meteorological conditions that Morocco has been facing for some years. The year 2023 was marked by several heat waves, with Morocco experiencing five heat waves affecting several regions of the Kingdom.

In this regard, the DGM had specified that “**the first started early, in April. The heat wave from 26 to 30 April positioned the month as the hottest since 1961 with 22 maximum temperature records broken. The second extended from 24 to 27 June. Morocco experienced the third heat wave from 9 to 13 July 2023 (5 days), with two absolute maximum temperature records broken in Es-Smara and Bouarfa on July 13th.”

Annual temperature anomaly compared to the norm

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Anomalies de la température annuelle par rapport à la normale

Heat waves in 2023

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Waves of heat in Morocco in 2023

The impacts of climate change

Climate change is a serious threat to Morocco, leading to rising temperatures, decreasing rainfall, and more frequent extreme weather events such as heat waves and droughts.

Call to action

The DGM stresses the need for urgent action to combat climate change, including:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Investing in renewable energy
  • Improving energy efficiency
  • Protecting forests
  • Adapting to the impacts of climate change

International cooperation

International cooperation is essential to combat climate change. Morocco must work with other countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable development.


The year 2023 is a stark reminder of the need for urgent action to combat climate change. Morocco must act now to protect the future of our planet and its people.

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