The best time to visit Jordan

Updated: 07th March 2018

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Visit Jordan during March - May or September - November for sightseeing

When is the best time to visit Jordan?

For ideal sightseeing conditions, the best time to visit Jordan is during the spring (March - May) and autumn (September to November) months. At these times of the year the temperatures are cool enough to spend your days exploring Jordan's iconic sites.

Seasons and Weather

Jordan experiences four seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter. It's largely considered a year-round destination with long, hot and dry summers and short cool winters. Despite being a relatively small country, Jordan has a diverse landscape and the climate does vary depending on the terrain and altitude.

Spring in Jordan

This is one of the most popular times to visit in Jordan. Between March and May the season of spring means pleasantly warm temperatures and, in some parts of the country, the blooming of wildflowers. The surprisingly green northern regions are particularly attractive during these months. It's also a great time to visit Aqaba for a beach-break before the summer months bring intense heat.

Summer in Jordan

Amman enjoys glorious temperatures during the summer months (June - August) with pleasantly cool evenings. In places of low altitude, such as the Jordan Valley and Gulf of Aqaba, the summer heat is at its most fierce and humidity is high. Wadi Rum and the desert are particularly hot though with no humidity. A lightweight wardrobe should keep you comfortable during summer months, but if travelling to mountainous regions be sure to pack warmer clothing as the high altitude can result in cooler temperatures.

Autumn in Jordan

This is another great time to visit Jordan. By mid-September the temperatures begin to cool off, making October and early November ideal months for days of outdoor adventure and exploration. Like spring, this is another time of the year that's perfect for trekking.

Winter in Jordan

Winter in Amman (December - February) can be unexpectedly cold with the majority of rain falling from December to March and the occasional fall of snow. Temperatures also plummet in the desert, especially at night, with the mercury hitting sub zero. Aqaba remains pleasantly warm during the winter with average temperatures of 18⁰C.

Climate | Amman

Temp Min °C4469141618181714106
Temp Max °C121716232831323231272115
Rainfall (mm)697431155000053346

Climate | Aqaba

Temp Min °C91013172023262624191410
Temp Max °C192124303438404037332620
Rainfall (mm)311100000123

Festivals and Events

Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country with the nation celebrating Islamic holidays. Here's an overview of the main festivals and events that take place in Jordan.


Held in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a period of fasting during which Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and smoking between dawn and sunset to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad. At night the cities come alive with people breaking fast and meeting friends in cafes and restaurants and in Amman the Citadel Nights takes places, a series of concerts and recitals featuring classical Arabic music played at the ancient Citadel Hill.

Jerash Festival for Culture and Art

The remarkable ancient Roman city of Jerash in the very north of Jordan plays host to an annual festival of the arts with an assortment of singing, musical and dance performances by Jordanian and international artists. The event is held sometime in either June or July each year and is a great insight into Arabic culture.

Perseids Meteor Shower

The prolific Perseids Meteor Shower is a stream of space debris ejected by the comet Swift-Tuttle during its 133-year-long orbit. On a clear night a radiant streak of meteors decorate the sky from mid-July to the end of August. Primarily visible in the Northern Hemisphere, the deserts of Jordan are a fantastic place to witness the spectacle with wide open skies usually unblighted by cloud cover.

2018 Calendar

An overview of the festivals and events taking place in Jordan this year:

May 15th - June 14th - Ramadan (countrywide)
July 19th-August 3rd - Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts (Jerash)
July - August - Perseids Meteor Shower (Wadi Rum)

There's also a number of national holidays in Jordan and on these dates many businesses and some tourist sites will close for the day so plan your visit accordingly.

Tourist Site Closures

The New Archaeological Museum in downtown Amman closes each Tuesday.

See Also

For further information on travelling to Jordan check out these useful resources:

Best Places to Visit - must-see destinations in Jordan
Tourist Visas - what visas you need and how to obtain them
Top Travel Tips - including Jordanian currency and desert camps
Traveller Reviews - see what our passengers have to say about our tours
Travel Advice - updates on the security advice for Jordan

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