Adapting to the climate in Jordan

Hello everyone,

Adjusting to new climatic conditions is key in any expatriation process. Moving to Jordan is no exception.

What are the climate characteristics of Jordan?

How does the local weather impact your daily life, mood or health?

What are the pros and cons of the climate in Jordan?

Share you advice and help people adapt quickly to their new weather environment.

Thanks in advance,


Hi Priscilla

It depends where you are moving from and what kind of weather conditions you are used to also which part of Jordan you will be staying in. I'm used to the wet and windy British weather with mild summers, so I find that over in Amman can be very hot and energy zapping. Not forgetting the occasional dust storms which are horrible, the stuff gets everywhere, so be prepared to do a lot of dusting.

If you like the hotter climate, then i'm sure you will really enjoy the weather, right now it has been around 32 C - 36 C in central Amman, last year was really hot in July at around 44 C.

I tend to stay indoors as much as possible during the day and try and get out to the shops etc later in the evening, the cons being everyone has the same idea so the roads are terrible.

Hope you have a good experience when you come over.

You can never have to much sun but sometimes the heat can be a trigger indeed.
The warmest period of the year is from half July to end of August with a average between 35 C and 40 C in the north and in the south you can add at least 5 degrees extra. In May when the temperature rises and getting more stable you see the difference in the daily life. During the summer days you will notice that the daily life starts after four o'clock when the majority had their lunch and siesta. The malls get flowed with visitors, visiting family, go to parks and so on until far after midnight.
Drinking lots of fluid (water is still the best option), don't eat to much oily or heavy foods to prevent digestive problems, avoid sunlight from 10 am to 3 pm and if you need to go outside during this period make sure to use sunblock or another sun protection and carry always some bottles of water with you. Also wearing clothes made from natural fabrics is the best choice. And cover your head to prevent getting a sunstroke.

The area of the Dead Sea is very humid and hot in the summer and the majority of the Jordanians avoid these places. Aqaba is one of the warmest places and if you think you can cool down at the beach in the evening then you're wrong. Often there is a blow dryer wind on the highest speed of your blow dryer. But when you are in the mountains in the north and in the south (around Shobak are the highest mountains) you feel the cooler air which can be very comfortable.

The coldest period of the year starts begin January until half February. The average temperature is somewhere between 12 C and 15 C in the north while in Aqaba is around 20 C. The officially rain season starts in October until May but the most will fall in the first two months of the year. Almost every winter there is snow and when it falls, you're probably stuck in the house for at least 3 to 4 days so you take some preparations.
Funny enough when the temperature drops to 25 C or lower, immediately you feel the coldness and start to dress warmer. This is also the period that outside is warmer than inside the house due the poor or lack of isolation.
The best advice i can give is to wear layers of clothes so you can add or remove as your personal preference. In the winter its best to dress warm as the cold can hit your bones. It feels more colder than you are used to when you are from the west. This has to do with the high altitude in the north. Dead Sea and Aqaba are comfortable places to visit in this period.

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