A fascinating Arab country that rises on the banks of the Jordan River, Jordan attracts tourists and experts in archeology and history thanks to the numerous ancient monuments, first of all Petra!
Not only that, because this small nation has Wadi Rum, one of the most spectacular deserts in the world, and a part of its lands overlook the Dead Sea.
Finally, Jordan also has an outlet to the Red Sea which makes it a very popular seaside destination. Deserts, sea, archaeological areas, but when is it better to go?
Here is some information and advice on when to go to Jordan: climate, best time and months to avoid.
- Best time
- Period to avoid
- Climate and seasons
- User questions and comments
Jordan is characterized by a arid temperate climate, with a fairly cold winter due to the altitude and a very hot and sunny summer. Most of the country is located on a plateau between 100 and 1.200 meters, where there will be a climate, as far as possible, a little more temperate, while in the Jordan Valley there will be much higher temperatures. Due to these differences, it is necessary to see specifically the climate that characterizes the two areas:
- Highland area (Amman, Jerash, Petra): the eastern "mountainous" region of Jordan has a mild and arid climate; the best times are spring and autumn, with temperatures between 15 ° and 25 °, not excessively hot as in summer (maximum of 33 °), nor cold as in winter (minimum of 4 °); from December to February there can be rain and snow, although these are rare events
- Jordan Valley (Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Aqaba): this area is characterized by mild winters and hot summers due to its low altitude, in fact, summer is not recommended as temperatures exceed 40 °; the most suitable times are spring and autumn. In winter the sea water is cooler and in the desert in the evening temperatures can approach freezing
In general, for both areas, the best period climatically speaking is spring and autumn, when the temperatures are not excessively hot as in summer (as in the Jordan Valley), but not too cold as in winter (especially in the plateau).
Obviously, spring and autumn they also correspond to the high season, but walking among the historical sites or staying by the sea in such periods allows you not to suffer too much from the heat and, above all, to be able to follow the entire organized itinerary.
Who wants to participate in the Greek Roman Theater Festival in Jerash he will have to travel to the country in July and August.
Period to avoid
Jordan is a very desert country, therefore, although lacking in humidity, the heat can make walking in Petra and Wadi Rum really difficult, but also lying on a lounger to sunbathe.
July and August are the hottest months both to visit the areas on the plateau and to go to the sea, so they are the most not recommended months, however it is easier to find advantageous offers, as correspond to the low season. But this is one of the cases in which it is not worth going to the savings and then risk spending the holiday closed in the hotel during the day due to the too hot.
Also not recommended in the middle of winter (December-February), as in Petra and Wadi Rum in the evening the temperature can drop close to 0 °.
Jordan it is not a climatically dangerous country, however, in recent years, in the months of December and January, they have occurred some episodes related to torrential rains which flooded Petra and made it impossible to visit the historic site for a few days. Furthermore, when it rains the roads are also more impassable.
It can also happen that in spring and autumn the hot winds from the desert cause sandstorms that make travel difficult.
Climate and seasons
In Jordan, the climate is temperate arid, which however has four seasons: winters are rather cold due to the plateau, while summers are very hot and sunny; autumn and spring are the two seasons of transitions, with optimal and pleasant temperatures.
Le rainfall is scarce and are limited to the months of December-April and are more concentrated in the north-western part, while very rare in the desert areas.
The climate differs slightly between the desert area of the Plateau and that of the Jordan Valley.
Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Plateau Region (Amman and Petra)
The climate of the plateau region differs slightly between the various zones.
In the capital Amman it is mild and arid with sunny winters, mild during the day but cold in the evening (average temperatures of 8,5 ° in January) and rare snowfalls in January; summers are hot and sunny but temperate thanks to the altitude (maximum temperatures of 37 ° in August). The rains are concentrated between December and April although they do not exceed 245 mm per year.
The climate in Petra is desert, the temperatures are very similar to those of Amman but the rainfall is scarce. In winter it is cold, temperatures can even approach freezing.
Recommended period: from April to June and from September to November, with warm and sunny days, pleasant evenings that are neither too hot nor too cold. Even from December to March there are sunny days, but the nights are very cold with the possibility of some rain.
Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Jordan Valley (Aqaba, Dead Sea and Wadi Rum)
The Jordan Valley region has a decidedly mild climate in winter (with minimum temperatures around 15 ° in January) and hot in summer (maximum temperatures of 40 ° in August).
The rains and the rainfall is scarce so much so that it does not reach 10 days in a year.
Days are sunny for most of the year and sea temperatures are perfect from April to November (between 25 ° and 28 °), while in winter they are cool (between 20 ° and 22 °). In Wadi Rum in winter the temperature range can lead to night frosts.
Recommended period: from September to the first half of December it is perfect, with highs of 34 ° and a warm sea ideal for diving. Also good from March to May with pleasant weather but the sea water is quite cool (around 22 °); between June and September it is hot.
What to bring in your suitcase
Travel informed: useful information
- Capital: Amman
- Population: 9.900.000
- Area: 88.778 sq. Km
- Languages: Arabic and English
- Currency: Jordanian Dinar (JOD) / Exchange rate: € 1,00 = JOD 0,78
- Documents: passport with a residual validity of six months; visa which can be obtained upon arrival in Amman at Queen Alia International Airport or in any other border area (excluding the King Hussein Bridge and the ferry connecting with Egypt); The visa is valid for two weeks, but can be extended at any police station
- Time zone: + 1h compared to Italy, + 2h when summer time is in force in Italy
- vaccinations: Yellow fever vaccine mandatory for all travelers over 1 year of age from countries at risk of transmitting the disease
- Safety info: A safe country, but which can suffer repercussions due to the conflicts and tensions of the countries with which it borders, so special attention must be paid; to stay up to date on the situation and on the behavior to adopt, visit the Jordan section on the Farnesina website
- Travel / health insurance: recommended.