When is the best time to visit Jordan?
The best times to visit Jordan are spring (March to May) or fall (September to November). The days are warm, with temperatures between 61F and 99F, but the nights are cool. It’s not too hot for exploring sites or hiking in the nature reserves, where flora and fauna are abundant.
It’s very hot in summer (June to August), with temperatures of up to 102F. In contrast, Jordan often experiences snow in winter (December to February) and the nights get very cold, especially in the desert regions. Most of the rain falls at this time, in short, sharp showers.
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Jordan Climate Guide
|Amman||54°F 3"||55°F 3"||61°F 2"||72°F 1"||81°F 0"||86°F 0"||88°F 0"||90°F 0"||86°F 0"||81°F 0"||68°F 1"||57°F 3"|
|Aqaba||68°F 0"||72°F 0"||77°F 0"||84°F 0"||93°F 0"||99°F 0"||100°F 0"||100°F 0"||95°F 0"||90°F 0"||79°F 0"||70°F 0"|
|The Dead Sea||68°F 1"||72°F 1"||79°F 1"||88°F 0"||95°F 0"||100°F 0"||102°F 0"||102°F 0"||99°F 0"||93°F 0"||84°F 1"||72°F 1"|
|Petra||55°F 1"||59°F 1"||64°F 1"||72°F 0"||81°F 0"||86°F 0"||88°F 0"||88°F 0"||84°F 0"||79°F 0"||68°F 1"||59°F 1"|
|Wadi Rum||57°F 1"||63°F 0"||68°F 1"||75°F 0"||84°F 0"||90°F 0"||93°F 0"||91°F 0"||90°F 0"||82°F 0"||68°F 0"||59°F 0"|
Month-by-month guide to traveling in Jordan
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.