Jordan in December is one of the coldest months of the year. Despite its location in the center of the Middle East, winter coats and clothes for winter weather are essential. The rainy season has arrived and when the temperature drops, snow can be found in high-elevation areas.
Jordan Weather in December
Jordan experiences a diverse climate, with variations in weather depending on the region. In December, Jordan generally has a cool to cold winter climate, with daytime temperatures ranging from around 10 to 15 degrees Celsius (50 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit) in many areas. However, temperatures can drop significantly at night, often falling below freezing, especially in the desert regions.
Amman, the capital city, is situated at over 1000 metres above sea level, and temperatures in December can range from 6 to 12 degrees Celsius (43 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day, with colder nights. Petra and Wadi Rum, popular tourist destinations, can experience similar daytime temperatures but may be colder at night.
Make sure you pack waterproof clothing. Jordan sees around 9 days of precipitation in December. Typically it is rain but it can possibly be snow in higher elevations.
The sun sets in Jordan around 4:30pm in December.
December 25th – Christmas is an official public holiday and Christians and Muslims alike get in the Christmas spirit. Malls and main boulevards are adorned with Christmas decorations. The entire month of December sees many festive events in Amman and beyond.
Crowds and Costs
December is considered the low season in Jordan. However, you will see lots of visitors over typical Christmas school breaks. But even with the holiday visitors, it is still one of the low months for tourists. This can save money on accommodations and car rentals.
Where to Go?
Visit Petra – Petra is open every day of the year. Bundle up and explore the rose city of the Nabateans.
Visit Wadi Rum – The desert landscape of Wadi Rum is otherworldly at any time of the year. Sometimes it can even get a dusting of snow! Make sure to bring layers as the desert gets extremely cold in the winter months.
Indoor Attractions are popular on cold days. Things like the Royal Automobile Museum in Amman, the Jordan Museum, King Abdullah Mosque, City Mall, and Mecca Mall are all places to explore in Amman when it rains.
Traveling to Jordan in December? Check out these Itineraries
Three days in Jordan whether starting in Amman or Aqaba.
7 days in Jordan and enjoy an immersive week in the country. Ensure you have a bit of flexibility in your itinerary in case of inclement weather.
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Lindsay fell in love with Jordan when she first visited in 2016. She now goes back every year to explore more of this special place. Lindsay is also the owner of Amman Food Tours, a social enterprise that is women-owned and hires local female guides. This project provides meaningful employment for women in Amman.