Exploring Jordan in February: a Guide to Weather & What to do

February is still winter in Jordan. Due to its elevation, temperatures are often in the single digits. If you do not like hot weather, February is a good time to visit Jordan. It is low season which means you will often have sites like the Amman citadel and Jerash to yourself!

Average Temperatures in Jordan in February

In February, Amman generally greets visitors with a brisk average temperature of around 10°C (50°F), which can feel colder due to the wind and the dryness of the region. The desert’s expansive night sky, in places like Wadi Rum often brings guaranteed frosts after the sun sets. For those venturing to Petra in February, the weather is a tad more forgiving, with average temperatures sitting slightly higher at approximately 15°C (59°F). However, layers are advisable as nights there can be quite cold.

If you’re seeking warmth, Aqaba and the Dead Sea offer that much-needed reprieve from the cold. Aqaba basks in a daytime average of a more comfortable 21°C (70°F), although evenings can still hold a chill. The Jordan Valley, especially around the Dead Sea area, is generally warmer than Amman, offering a climate that is inviting for daytime exploration and relaxation.

Key Takeaways:

  • Amman: Expect colder temperatures with a chance of wind-induced chills; don’t forget to pack a warm jacket and layers.
  • Petra: Average temperatures are mildly warmer than Amman, but evenings can still be quite cool.
  • Wadi Rum: Nights can have frost, dress in layers.
  • Aqaba and Dead Sea: These areas are your best bet for warmth during February, with pleasant daytime temperatures ideal for outdoor activities.

Average Weather in Jordan in February

I should tell you that February sees Jordan soaking in some of its heaviest rains, particularly drenching its northwest regions. For those venturing to Aqaba, the clouds tend to part as the month winds down, offering reprieve with considerably less rainfall. However the wind can be chilly and you will find the beaches empty. If you’re out exploring the elevated terrains when the sun dips, be ready for a frosty reception. Nighttime temperatures regularly dance with the freezing point, so warm layers are a must to fend off the cold.

Does It Ever Snow in Jordan?

In Jordan, snow is not unheard of during the winter months, although it’s a relatively rare sight in most parts of the country. If you’re visiting in February, the possibility of experiencing snowfall increases, particularly in the mountain regions where the elevation contributes to cooler temperatures. Places like Amman might treat you to a light dusting, transforming the city into a winter wonderland, albeit briefly. And lets be honest, when I say winter wonderland, it is more like slushy, wet and impossible to get anywhere because the roads are all hills and slick.

The desert regions, despite their drastic temperature drops at night, seldom see snowfall. However, when they do, it creates a striking contrast against the typically arid landscape. In the past, notable snowfall events have graced Jordan, but they remain infrequent. It is much more realistic to plan for rain.

snow in Jordan image from twitter
Snow in Jordan – Photo from @alidamash on X.com

Travel Tips for Jordan in February

Packing for a trip to Jordan in February requires a bit more than summer attire; you’ll need to bring warm layers. With Amman and the highlands shivering at an average of 10°C (50°F), I recommend a sturdy jacket, sweaters, and thermal wear for the biting winds. Nights in the desert and mountains get frosty, so hats, gloves, and scarves should be on your list.

Aqaba is a bit more forgiving temperature-wise, but evenings remain chilly, so don’t skip on a couple of light jackets or hoodies. Comfortable waterproof shoes are crucial if you plan on exploring Petra or hiking in nature reserves, where paths might be slick.

Check out this post on what to wear in Jordan for planning your packing!

Places to Visit In Jordan in February

February’s low season status presents a less crowded opportunity to explore Jordan’s rich history and culture.

Visit Petra – Petra is open every day of the year. Bundle up and explore the rose city of the Nabateans during the winter months with few other tourists around. Keep in mind that the site is often closed when rain is in the forecast. Make sure you have flexible plans depending on the weather conditions.

Visit Wadi Rum Desert– The desert landscape of Wadi Rum is otherworldly at any time of the year. Make sure to bring layers as the desert gets extremely cold in the evenings. But you want to be able to enjoy all of the outdoor activities in the desert. I suggest you book one of these camps that offer luxury tents with heating!

Visit Jerash – Jerash is one of the most underrated Roman historical sites in the world. It offers some of the best preserved Roman ruins and sees very few tourists compared to other cities that made up the Decapolis. February is a great time to visit Jerash, and you will likely have the site to yourself.

Visit Amman – Jordan’s capital city is worth a visit for a day. There are many neighborhoods to check out, plenty of great places to eat and the local hospitality and friendlyness is on display on every corner. Enjoy the historical sites of the Amman Citadel, Roman Theatre and take a food tour of downtown to get your bearings!

Indoor Attractions are popular on cold days in Jordan. 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.

Dive in Aqaba – put on a wetsuit and enjoy the coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba.