May is a month that typically signifies the onset of milder weather on Mount Toubkal. For trekkers and climbers in May 2023, this transitionary period was marked by a mix of spring's promise and the lingering touch of winter's tail.
The data from May 2023 indicates a steady climb in temperatures on Mount Toubkal. While nights remained cool, with lows often dipping below 0 degrees Celsius, the days were progressively warmer, with highs sometimes reaching into the double digits. These warmer temperatures suggest that climbers would have experienced more comfortable conditions, though the nights would still have required cold-weather precautions.
Rainfall and Snow Melt
Precipitation in May 2023 was notable, with the graph highlighting several instances of rainfall. This precipitation, likely in the form of rain at lower elevations and snow at higher altitudes, would have contributed to varying trail conditions, from wet and muddy paths to potentially slushy snowfields. Such conditions emphasize the need for waterproof boots and gaiters.
Humidity and Clouds
Relative humidity in May 2023 was moderate to high, which, when combined with the warmer temperatures, could have led to some muggy days. The cloud cover was fairly consistent, suggesting that climbers had many overcast days, with the sun occasionally breaking through.
The wind speeds in May 2023 appeared less aggressive than in the winter months, but some days still experienced gusts that could impact climbing conditions. While the extreme cold was less of a factor, a good windbreaker would have been advisable to combat any sharp breezes at higher altitudes.
Mount Toubkal in May 2023 presented climbers with a blend of spring's mildness and the unpredictability of mountain weather. The data reflects a season in flux, with warming trends intersecting with bouts of rain and persistent clouds. Climbers during this period would have enjoyed a generally more hospitable mountain but still needed to be prepared for sudden shifts in weather that are characteristic of high altitudes in the spring.