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JORDAN'S CLIMATE

Best time to travel

Jordan’s climate is an important factor to consider when planning your trip. Although you can book your tour at any time of the year, it’s important to know the characteristics of each region depending on the season, especially regarding temperatures. We also share the best time to travel to Jordan and which season to avoid if you don’t tolerate heat well.

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Jordan's different bioclimatic zones

From a bioclimatic point of view, Jordan’s territory can be divided into “ecoregions,” areas with common natural characteristics that travelers can easily distinguish during their tour.

These ecoregions owe their current appearance largely to Jordan’s climate. They are:

  • Desert, which is the predominant bioclimatic landscape in the country. In reality, it can be subdivided into various types of desert:
    • Arabian, in the east and southeast, is the largest area in Jordan and also extends to Sinai (Egypt), Israel, Palestine, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, and a small portion of Iran Tropical
    • desert and semidesert, in the south, around Aqaba and the Jordan River Valley Shrub
    • desert, in the northeast, which also extends to Syria and Iraq
  •  Mediterranean forest, in the north, around the Ajloun area
  • Shrub steppe, in the west-central
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General notes on the climate in Jordan

Beyond the different ecoregions, there is a predominant feature throughout the country: temperatures are very high, probably higher than in your home country, practically all year round, especially during the day.

However, a striking characteristic of the climate in Jordan is the huge temperature swing between day and night, often with a difference of 15 ºC or even more. This makes the sensation of cold at night greater, which can be significant in winter, so you shouldn’t forget to pack thermal or warm clothing.

On the other hand, rainfall is scarce or practically non-existent in large areas of the country throughout the year. A wet season can only be said to exist in the Mediterranean climate zone during winter.

What is the best time to travel to Jordan?

Taking everything into account, it is worth asking what is the best time to travel to Jordan. In fact, in the tourism industry, there is talk of high, low, and intermediate seasons, which do not necessarily correspond to the summer, winter, spring, and fall seasons.

  • High season: from March to May. These are the months when the climate offers ideal temperatures for traveling: warm but not suffocating days and cool but not cold nights. Additionally, the days are relatively long, which favors the organization of intense travel days. In the north, where the climate is Mediterranean, the landscape is covered with spring flowers, filling the atmosphere with color and aromas. For all these reasons, it can be considered the best time to travel to Jordan. The downside is that it also represents the period when there is the highest flow of tourists, making it more difficult to find accommodation, which tends to be more expensive, as well as other services.
  • Intermediate season: from September to February. The climate in the desert becomes harsher, with truly cold nights. In the mountainous and northern areas, rain and even snow make an appearance on specific days, limiting the possibilities of camping. However, temperatures remain very pleasant in the Red Sea, so traveling to its beaches is a preferred option for many travelers when Mediterranean destinations are no longer suitable for swimming. Therefore, in Aqaba and its surroundings, it can be considered a high season in terms of demand and cost of services.
  • Low season: from June to August. These are the warmest months of the year, and that means suffocating temperatures during the day. The activity does not stop, but those who travel at this time must be well prepared to combat the heat and strong sunlight, especially in the desert. And that has a reward: the cost of accommodation and other services decreases significantly, so in economic terms, it is the best time to travel to Jordan.

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