Jordan in January

Jordan in January is one of the coldest and wettest months of the year. Despite Jordan’s location in the center of the Middle East, winter coats and clothes for winter weather are essential for the month of January. Jordan can even get snow in higher elevations in the winter months. It is one of the best places to get a safe introduction to Middle East culture if this is the first time in the region.


Jordan Weather In January

Jordan experiences a diverse climate, with variations in weather depending on the region. In January, Jordan has a cool to cold winter climate, with daytime temperatures ranging from around 12 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. Along with February, it is the coldest month of the year.

Amman, the capital city, is situated at over 1000 meters above sea level, and temperatures in January in Amman can range from 6 to 11 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 and will also be cold at night.

In Aqaba on the Red Sea, the average temperatures can be much warmer, but there is still a cold wind that is prevalent. The water temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius (around 70 degrees Fahrenheit) so you will find people who are out swimming, but for locals, it is considered quite cold. The daytime highs in Aqaba are around the same temperature as the water.

Make sure you pack waterproof clothing. Jordan sees around 11 days of precipitation in January. Typically it is rain but it can possibly be snow in higher elevations.

The sun sets in Jordan around 4:30pm in January.

Where to Go?

Visit Petra – Petra is open every day of the year. Bundle up and explore the rose city of the Nabateans during the winter months. January is considered low season for crowds so you can often enjoy Petra with few 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. Sometimes it can even get a dusting of snow! Make sure to bring layers as the desert gets extremely cold in the evenings in January but you want to be able to enjoy all of the outdoor activities in the desert.

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. January 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 in January. 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.

Is January a good time to visit Jordan?

If you are ok with cool temperatures, there is nothing wrong with visiting Jordan in January. However, it is not one of the most popular times. The best time to visit Jordan is late spring and fall. But with that being said, it is the perfect time to find more deals on hotels and car rentals compared to high season.

Traveling to Jordan in January? 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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