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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.

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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.

Clair, Canada & Middle East Specialist

Jordan Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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 travelling in Jordan

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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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