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The climate of Jordan

Jordan, located in the heart of the Middle East, exhibits a predominantly arid climate which varies across its topographical landscape. From the fertile northern highlands, through the arid desert of the eastern interior, to the hot southern regions bordering the Red Sea, the climate exhibits significant regional variations. The annual average temperature in Jordan's capital, Amman, is 17.2°C (63°F), with the warmest month being July at an average of 25.6°C (78.1°F) and the coolest, January, averaging at 7.8°C (46°F). Precipitation is minimal with an annual average of 274mm (10.79"), revealing the general aridity of the region. Meanwhile, in the southern city of Al Aqabah, the average annual temperature is 24.4°C (75.9°F), peaking at 32.8°C (91°F) in July and dipping to 14.4°C (57.9°F) in January. The annual precipitation in this area further reflects the arid nature of the climate, measuring a mere 119mm (4.69").

The best time to visit Jordan

Due to the diversity of Jordan's geography, there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer to the best time to visit. However, Spring and Autumn typically offer the most pleasant weather conditions. From March to May and from September to November, the temperatures range from mildly warm to moderately cool, providing comfortable conditions for exploring both the bustling city streets and the expansive natural landscapes. For those aiming to take full advantage of Jordan's beautiful Red Sea coastline and the historic ruins of Petra, these periods provide the most agreeable climate.

The worst time to visit Jordan

The intense heat of the Jordanian summer and the cold winter nights in the desert make July to August and December to February the least ideal times to visit. Temperatures in the summer often soar beyond 30°C (86°F), especially in southern and eastern parts of the country. In contrast, winter months see temperatures plunging to an average of 7.8°C (46°F) in the northern highlands and desert regions. Additionally, the scant winter rain can make travelling difficult, with flash floods occasionally causing road closures.

Spring weather in Jordan

Spring in Jordan, from March to May, offers pleasant weather, with temperatures ranging between 20°C (68°F) and 25°C (77°F). This period is characterized by the blossoming of Jordan's flora, making it an ideal time for hikes and treks. Rainfall decreases dramatically from winter levels, averaging about 30mm (1.18") in March and less than 10mm (0.39") by May. It is also a popular time to visit Petra, where the temperatures are not as scorching as in the summer months.

Summer weather in Jordan

Summers in Jordan, spanning June to August, are exceptionally hot and arid. Average temperatures in Amman reach 25.6°C (78.1°F), but in the south, Al Aqabah experiences averages up to 32.8°C (91°F) in July. Precipitation during these months is virtually nonexistent, emphasising the aridity of the summer season. It's also during this time that the eastern desert and southern regions are at their most inhospitable due to the extreme heat.

Autumn weather in Jordan

Autumn in Jordan, from September to November, offers relief from the intense heat of the summer. Temperatures in Amman range from 25°C (77°F) in September to 15°C (59°F) in November. Similarly, in Al Aqabah, temperatures start at 32.8°C (91°F) in September and cool down to 20°C (68°F) in November. Rainfall is minimal during this period, averaging less than 20mm (0.79") per month, maintaining generally dry conditions ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Winter weather in Jordan

Winter in Jordan, extending from December to February, is marked by cooler temperatures and occasional rainfall. Average temperatures in Amman fall to 7.8°C (46°F) in January, while Al Aqabah experiences milder winters with temperatures averaging 14.4°C (57.9°F). Rainfall in Amman peaks at 60mm (2.36") in December and January, while Al Aqabah receives a paltry 10mm (0.39") of precipitation in its wettest month, January. Despite the cooler conditions, winter is a unique time to experience Jordan's desert landscapes dusted with occasional snow.

Weather in January

January in Jordan signifies the peak of winter, bringing the lowest temperatures of the year. Amman experiences the coldest weather, with average temperatures hovering around 7.8°C (46°F), often accompanied by rainfall which averages around 60mm (2.36"). Weather in January »

Weather in February

As Jordan transitions from the cold grip of winter towards the more mild temperatures of spring, February sees a slight increase in temperatures compared to January. Amman, the capital city, experiences a slight warming trend with average temperatures rising to about 9°C (48.2°F). Weather in February »

Weather in March

March in Jordan signifies the onset of spring, characterized by a substantial warming trend compared to the winter months. In Amman, the average temperature in March rises to 11.6°C (52.9°F), providing milder and more comfortable weather conditions. Weather in March »

Weather in April

April continues the warming trend in Jordan, heralding the full onset of spring. In the capital, Amman, average temperatures rise to 15.6°C (60.1°F), indicating a further departure from the cooler winter months. Rainfall in Amman further declines in April, averaging 15mm (0.59"), thereby marking a significant decrease compared to March. Weather in April »

Weather in May

May in Jordan signifies the end of spring and the commencement of the hot summer season. In Amman, temperatures continue their steady climb, averaging 20.1°C (68.2°F). This increase in temperature aligns with the overall transition towards the hotter months. Weather in May »

Weather in June

June in Jordan marks the onset of the hot summer season, characterized by soaring temperatures and persistent aridity. In the capital city, Amman, average temperatures escalate to about 24.4°C (75.9°F), indicating a significant warming trend. Weather in June »

Weather in July

July in Jordan ushers in the peak of the summer season, with temperatures reaching their highest levels for the year. In Amman, average temperatures escalate to 26.7°C (80.1°F). The city's elevation tempers the heat somewhat, making it more bearable than in lower-lying areas. Weather in July »

Weather in August

August in Jordan sustains the intense summer heat that characterizes this time of the year. In Amman, average temperatures remain high, around 26.6°C (79.9°F), mirroring July's sweltering conditions. Rainfall continues to be virtually non-existent, reinforcing the parched summer landscape that dominates the city during this period. In the southern city of Al Aqabah, August temperatures hover around 34.4°C (93.9°F), essentially on par with July. Weather in August »

Weather in September

September in Jordan marks the transition from the peak of summer to the onset of autumn, characterized by a slight drop in temperature and a gradual increase in rainfall. In Amman, the average temperature falls to 23.6°C (74.5°F), providing a bit of respite from the heat of the previous months. Weather in September »

Weather in October

October in Jordan further propels the transition into autumn, marked by milder temperatures and the re-emergence of rainfall. In Amman, the average temperature drops to about 19.5°C (67.1°F), offering more comfortable weather conditions compared to the summer months. Weather in October »

Weather in November

November in Jordan signals the onset of the cooler winter season, with temperatures continuing to drop and precipitation increasing. In Amman, the average temperature lowers to about 13.9°C (57°F), a significant shift from the heat of the preceding months. Weather in November »

Weather in December

December in Jordan signifies the full onset of the winter season, characterized by colder temperatures and increased precipitation. In Amman, the average temperature falls to about 9.4°C (48.9°F), marking a significant drop from the warmer months. Weather in December »


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