The high season for travel to Jordan falls in 4 main months – April, May, September and October. Despite the small size of the country (57,166 sq mi), Jordan demonstrates wide variations in temperature and climate. Although Jordan is largely desert, the northern hill country abutting the Jordan River is rich with groves of olive trees and remains relatively temperate while the rest of the country bakes during mid-Summer months. The southern extreme, Aqaba on the Red Sea, boasts balmy climates while Amman may see snowfall in the winter months. Aqaba is also home to some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world and a popular resort. In between those two extremes, spectacular canyonlands, high deserts and woodlands harbor meadows of wildflowers and nature reserves filled with bird- and wildlife.
Spring (March-May) is pleasantly warm and beautiful wildflowers – including the striking Jordanian black iris – turn the countryside lush and colorful. Rainfall effectively ends by late April, although higher elevations, such as Dana Nature Reserve, can see some rain and wind into May. It is also during the late Spring-early Summer months that a gritty desert wind, “khamseen,” rises from the Arabian interior, bringing warmer temperatures and giving exposed surfaces a coating of dust. This condition thankfully lasts only a few days in Jordan.
Summer (June-September) is sizzling hot across the country, with the only possible respite coming in Ajloun, in the hills to the northwest. Temperatures in Amman can hit 100* and higher, while Aqaba and the Dead Sea may surpass 120*. Even the high deserts around Petra will reach the high 90’s, making it challenging to hike for any length of time.
While very brief, the Fall months (October-November) bring relief from the heat, making this a wonderful time to visit. Rainfall that starts in mid-October welcomes a return of the wildflowers for a few weeks before winter descends across the countryside.
Winter (December-March) can be bitter cold in Amman, with sharp winds adding to the misery. The short days and chill rains make Petra and even Wadi Rum less than welcoming for visits. But those seeking sunshine can find it at Aqaba and the Dead Sea, which remain in the mid-70s.
Aqaba (sea level)
Dead Sea (1312’ below sea level)
Wadi Rum (3117’)
Got questions about travel to Jordan?
Ask the Director View all trips to Jordan