Best travel time
According to Naturegnosis, Jordan has a typical climate for the Middle East, the summers are very hot with temperatures of up to 40 ° C. If you don’t mind the dry heat, you can visit Jordan during this time and have sights like Petra almost to yourself. However, you should approach the hours between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. calmly or stay indoors to avoid the scorching heat.
The best time to travel to Jordan is spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to mid-November) , when it is pleasantly warm during the day and the nights are pleasantly cool. In spring many wildflowers bloom (even the desert is covered with them) and the hills and valleys are gorgeous. In March, the time with a lot of rain usually ends and the sun casts a wonderful light from the desert rocks. The only disadvantage is the desert wind called Khamseen (“fifty”), which blows up from Arabia in spring and early summer and brings dust and sand with it. He usually only hits Jordan for a few days, but then can briefly lower the temperature by up to 10 ° C and cover everything with sand.
Autumn is similar to spring. The first rains can occur in early or mid-October, so that the parched landscape begins to bloom again and the temperatures drop to a bearable level.
Winters can be surprisingly cold. Sometimes it snows in Petra and the nights can get very cold. Most of the rain falls at this time of the year, but only very briefly, but heavily. Aqaba in the south is warm all year round, in the capital Amman there is sometimes snow.
In principle, Jordan is a year-round destination – but despite its small size there are some clear climatic differences that depend on the topography: Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum are all a good 800 meters above sea level, Dana and Ajloun even higher (up to 1500 meters ), while the Dead Sea is 400 meters below sea level. So it is possible to throw snowballs in Ajloun and lie in the sun on the Red Sea on the same day.
The best time to travel is undoubtedly autumn and spring. It is better to avoid the winter months, when it gets too cold and uncomfortable in Jordan, especially if you are planning a trip to Petra and Wadi Rum.
Climate in Amman
The maximum temperature in Jordan is 33 ° C in August. In January the thermometer rises to a maximum of 13 ° C. The summer (June to September) with average 32 ° C hot . In the winter months it is around 16 ° C mild . During the day, the average annual temperature in Jordan is a pleasant 23.8 ° C.
At night it gets coldest in January with 4 ° C. The thermometer rarely falls below 19 ° C in July and August. While the nights in summer are averages of a warm 18 ° C, the thermometer drops to a cool 6 ° C at night between November and March. The temperature averages 12.0 ° C at night over the entire year.
With 8 rainy days, January and February are the rainiest months of the year. From June to September Jordan is extremely dry with an average of only around 0 rainy days, the winter (November to March) is quite dry with 6 rainy days. The average annual rainfall is 2.9 days per month.
Exchange money in Jordan
It is a good idea to either exchange money when you arrive or to get money from one of the many ATMs. An exchange in Germany is not necessary and usually results in high fees when changing.
Animals and plants
Plants are extremely rare in Jordan. The land is just too dry. There are always trees, bushes and grasses, but nothing more. Water is precious in Jordan and is therefore not used for agriculture or nature, but collected and stored.