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. Jordan can even get snow in higher elevations in January.
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.
Amman, the capital city, is situated at over 1000 metres 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.
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 December.
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 evenings in January.
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 not looking for tropical 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, the lack of tourists in the country means that you will find more deals on hotels and car rentals.
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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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.