When is the best time to visit Jordan?
Spring and autumn are the best times to travel to Jordan as the days are warm, with temperatures into the high 20°Cs, but nights are cool. Exploring the sites in this climate is pleasant, it is not too hot for hiking in the nature reserves and both flora and fauna are abundant. The summer months here are very hot, with temperatures reaching up into the 40°Cs. However, if you are not adversely affected by heat it is still worth considering a trip at this time as you will have sites like Petra almost to yourself. In the winter months, Jordan often experiences snow and the nights get cold; especially in the desert regions. Winter is also when the majority of the rain falls, but showers tend to be short and sharp.
Clair, North Africa & Middle East Specialist
Summer is often stiflingly hot and the winter unpredictable; you can even see snow in the Wadi Rum in March. For me, spring strikes the perfect balance, as the climate is ideal for sightseeing and enjoying some much craved sunshine. This is also the best time to visit the country's nature reserves.
Jordan Climate Guide
|Amman||12°C 76mm||13°C 70mm||16°C 61mm||22°C 17mm||27°C 4mm||30°C 0mm||31°C 0mm||32°C 0mm||30°C 0mm||27°C 7mm||20°C 32mm||14°C 65mm|
|Aqaba||20°C 5mm||22°C 6mm||25°C 5mm||29°C 3mm||34°C 1mm||37°C 0mm||38°C 0mm||38°C 0mm||35°C 0mm||32°C 1mm||26°C 3mm||21°C 5mm|
|The Dead Sea||20°C 28mm||22°C 18mm||26°C 16mm||31°C 5mm||35°C 2mm||38°C 0mm||39°C 0mm||39°C 0mm||37°C 0mm||34°C 2mm||29°C 15mm||22°C 26mm|
|Petra||13°C 36mm||15°C 31mm||18°C 30mm||22°C 11mm||27°C 4mm||30°C 0mm||31°C 0mm||31°C 0mm||29°C 0mm||26°C 2mm||20°C 13mm||15°C 33mm|
|Wadi Rum||14°C 15mm||17°C 10mm||20°C 14mm||24°C 6mm||29°C 2mm||32°C 0mm||34°C 0mm||33°C 0mm||32°C 0mm||28°C 2mm||20°C 6mm||15°C 9mm|
Month-by-month guide to traveling in Jordan
- January - February Jan - Feb
- March Mar
- April - May Apr - May
- June - August Jun - Aug
- September Sep
- October - November Oct - Nov
- December Dec
Visiting Jordan in January - February
The winter months in Jordan are very cold: Amman is typically assailed by biting winds, while Petra experiences snowfall and temperatures hovering a few degrees below freezing. Around Aqaba and the Dead Sea the climate is warmer and more pleasant. January is also the wettest month of the year.
Events & Festivals
- Aqaba Traditional Arts Festival (February): This celebrates the culture of the Bedouin people, and is a showcase of local traditional arts and crafts. Read more »
Visiting Jordan in March
In March the country emerges from the chilly temperatures of winter, and the rainiest time of year is over. As this is only the start of spring the sites are still relatively quiet. However, nights in the desert can be quite cold still.
Visiting Jordan in April - May
Wildflowers coat the valleys and even the desert from April through to early June, creating a kaleidoscope of color across the country. Temperatures are warm but not too hot and, thanks to winter's rain, the valleys and forests are lush. This is one of the most popular times to visit Jordan.
Visiting Jordan in June - August
The heat increases over the summer months from June to August, so if you plan on visiting during this time we advise taking lots of water and finding shade often. However, this is dry heat rather than being humid, so if you don't mind the high temperatures it can still be comfortable. As this is the low season, hotels tend to decrease their rates accordingly.
Events & Festivals
- Jerash Festival (July): A celebration of Jordanian arts, culture, literature, food and music. This is a large and lively event, and often includes optional seminars and workshops in addition to the main celebrations. Read more »
- The dark skies of the desert (August): At this time of year the skies provide the perfect canvas for watching the Perseid meteor shower, which occurs annually. Read more »
Visiting Jordan in September
Although still a summer month, towards the end of September temperatures do start to cool off slightly.
Visiting Jordan in October - November
Autumn isn't always a particularly distinct season in Jordan, although it falls roughly from the end of September through to the end of November. Temperatures have cooled from the heat of summer but are not yet into the depths of the winter chill, and there is often a bit of rain around mid-October which provides sustenance to the ground after a dry few months, creating green landscapes once again. This is a very pleasant time to visit Jordan.
Visiting Jordan in December
December is the start of the winter season in Jordan, with temperatures plummeting and rain and snow often falling throughout throughout the country. However, this is a quiet time to visit, so sites may be empty.
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