The best time to visit Jordan
You won’t regret packing an extra layer if it means comfort when spending a night at a Bedouin desert camp, sleeping out between the dunes under a canvas of stars
With around 90 percent of the country covered by desert, summers are scorching, so the best time to visit Jordan is in the cooler spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November). Winter vacations in Jordan appeal to some, though be aware of cold nights – the desert sands of Wadi Rum plummet to 4°C in winter. The north-west of Jordan is hilly and lush, and bags most of the country’s annual rainfall, especially in January. The weather in Amman reaches a toasty 32°C between June and September, while nights can drop below freezing from December to February. Meanwhile, the beaches of Aqaba and the salty Dead Sea touch 40°C in July, which you may find uncomfortably hot.
When should I go to Petra in Jordan?The best time to visit Petra is spring or autumn, when temperatures are pleasantly mild during the day (around 25-30°C) and the weather is dry. As for the best time of day to visit Petra, Andrew Appleyard from our partner Exodus Travels (and also a qualified archaeologist) points out: “Different times offer variations on light, with the Treasury in shade during the morning and bathed in sunlight from around midday onwards. Getting up early, around 5am, is the best way to beat the crowds and the heat when visiting Petra.” That said, visiting Petra at night, when it’s illuminated by candlelight, is a magical experience not to be missed if you have the opportunity.
A month by month guide on when to go to Jordan
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The best time to hike from Dana to Petra, or indeed to visit Jordan in general, is spring and autumn.
– Farah Abubakar from our partner Experience Jordan
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You might think these desert destinations are always warm but in winter a good jumper for early mornings and evenings is a must-pack!
– Naomi Jackson from our partner Explore Worldwide
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Best times to visit Jordan for festivals & events
Aqaba Traditional Arts Festival (February)Situated on the Red Sea, Aqaba hosts a large festival every February that champions traditional Bedouin culture. It’s an excellent place to pick up some beautiful handicrafts such as leatherwork, woven baskets and jewellery.
Amman Dead Sea Ultra Marathon (April)During this feat of endurance (rather you than me, pal), hardy runners start at the lofty elevations of Amman and over 50km make their way down to the shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.
Amman International Theatre Festival (April)The Amman International Theatre Festival is a hub of artistic expression in the Middle East, attracting drama groups and audiences from around the world, giving their creative efforts a global platform. As well as plays, there are often expert workshops on topics such as sound techniques and improv.
Jerash Festival of Culture & Arts (July)Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts features performances from many Jordanian and Arab artists, as well as those from further afield. It all takes over the Roman ruins of Jerash, which provides an atmospheric backdrop to music, dance, poetry and drama.
Ramadan & Eid-al-FitrThe month of Ramadan is celebrated in Jordan as it is in Muslim countries throughout the world, with fasting and the spectacular banquet-feast of Eid-al-Fitr at the end. The dates change each year. Ramadan can be a lovely time to visit Jordan as it’s such a special time for Muslim people – itfar, the sunset breaking of the daily fast, is often a communal affair to which lucky travelers might be invited.
Our travelers also ask...
What is the hottest month in Jordan?The hottest month of the year in Jordan is July, when temperatures are regularly in the mid-30s°C but can often top 40°C in exposed desert landscapes. Some daring souls do choose to travel to Jordan in the middle of summer, and it’s true that locations such as Petra and the Red Sea resorts tend to be much quieter.
Finding shade at the hottest part of the day, covering up and staying well-hydrated are essential. Bear in mind too that Jordan struggles with its water supply, so while you’ll want to wash off the desert dust every day, try to keep showers to the minimum.
What is the coldest month in Jordan?January is the coldest month of the year in Jordan, and usually the wettest too. This is midway through the rainy winter season, and you can expect temperatures around 5-10°C, so pack with chilly mornings and evenings in mind. January can be a good time to visit Petra and other key sites around Jordan, however, as they tend to be far quieter during the low season.
When is the best time to visit the Dead Sea?The best time to visit the Dead Sea and float in its salty waters is in spring (march to May) or autumn (September to November). The summer heat gets very oppressive, easily into the mid-30°Cs and beyond, and water evaporation means there is often a mist over the water. The Dead Sea is shrinking, due mainly to less freshwater getting in as it is diverted by numerous dams across the Jordan Valley and Sea of Galilee.
You can swim in the Dead Sea year-round – even in winter it’s rare for water temperatures to drop much below 20°C. And while posing with a newspaper in the Dead Sea is a must for many, don’t read it cover to cover. It’s recommended not to be in for more than a 20-minute float, as the intense salinity of the water can dehydrate you.
When is the best time to visit Wadi Rum?Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are considered the best time to visit Wadi Rum, ‘the Valley of the Moon’. That said, there’s nothing stopping you exploring this arid desert landscape in the winter or summer months either. In summer, expect early starts to beat the heat and ensure you’ve got plenty of water and a sun hat. In winter, you’ll want to layer up for chilly mornings and evenings – the temperature can drop below freezing overnight, and snow and rain are possible.
When is the best time to visit Jordan & Egypt?Spring (March to May) is the best time to visit Jordan and Egypt on a combined trip, although you can travel year-round. However, most choose to avoid the summer months (June to August) in both countries as the heat is very strong, while Jordan gets very cold and rainy in winter (December to February). Our Egypt and Jordan travel guide has more details.
When is the best time to visit Jordan & Israel?Weather-wise, mild shoulder months such as May and October are the best time to visit Jordan and Israel together. We would suggest spring – March to May, as the ideal travel season. Desert hillsides are blanketed with colourful wildflowers, and the weather is sunny and warm. Autumn can also be a good season to travel, as the summer heat dissipates, but Israel gets very busy in September and October for Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur. Read our Israel and Jordan guide to learn more about when to go.
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