Jordan Weather in May: What to Expect

The weather in Jordan in May is a transition month with a mix of spring and summer! For the most part, May offers beautiful and warm spring weather, t-shirt-type temperatures, and hot sunny days in the south. Make sure you pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes. If you are like me and always a bit chilly at night, a packable jacket is also a great idea!

May is one of the most popular months to visit Jordan. The weather is typically pleasant and the seasonal hiking trails (like Wadi Mujib Siq Trail) are open! Below you will find the basics for typical weather patterns and temperatures. While Jordan is a small country, it has various climate zones. At the end of this post, you will see any popular events in May in Jordan as well as tips for visiting at this time of year.

Aqaba Resorts Jordan - Ayla B12 Beach Club on the Red Sea
Aqaba in May – Ayla B12 Beach Club on the Red Sea offers a vacation oasis and the weather is quite warm in May.

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Average Temperatures in Jordan in May

Jordan temperatures in May are going to vary around the country. With highs over 1200 meters above sea level and the lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea, there is a huge climate difference. Amman sees average highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C. Petra is similar with average highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C. Aqaba and the Dead Sea see highs in the mid 30s and lows in the mid 20s.

Jordan Climate in May

Jordan has a Mediterranean-type climate as well as a desert-like climate. The west sees Mediterranean-type weather due to its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. The East and South see a desert-like climate. Most of the country falls into an Arid category with just a small area being temperate.

With that being said the climate is mild in May.

Average Weather in Jordan in May

Jordan weather in May can be a mix of spring and summer. It really varies day by day. However, May is considered the dry period in Jordan (which goes from April to November). Mornings and evenings are cool, with sunny warm days.

Travel Tips for Jordan in May

May is one of the busiest times of the year to visit Jordan. I advise you book your car rentals and JETT bus tickets (click here to book them online) well in advance of your visit. You will also want to book your hotels as well.

Save yourself some time and get an e-sim for Jordan before you arrive. You can buy one here.

Where to go in Jordan in May

The entire country has decent weather making it the perfect time to come to Jordan. Hiking is extremely popular as you will find avid hikers taking on multi day treks in places like Dana Reserve. Petra is always a must visit and can see crowds come and go. Give yourself time to explore the site and avoid the crowds. It is not too hot to enjoy the desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan in May. Book a night in a bedouin camp as well as the popular jeep tours.

Traveling to Jordan in May? Check out these great itineraries:

7 days in Jordan: This itinerary is the perfect amount of time to see the highlights and get a quick introduction into the country.

5 Days in Jordan: This is a typical trip for most. It covers the highlights at a fast pace.

3 days in Jordan: This express itinerary ticks Petra off anyone’s bucket list but does not have much time to see much else.

Get my Guide: My Jordan travel guide covers all of these itineraries in-depth and offers a 10 day in Jordan itinerary to capture all of the best things to see in the country.

May Events:

Petra Light Festival – Until May 3rd 2023

14th Annual Wadi Rum Full Moon Marathon by Treks– May 5th 2023

Henna Fantasia in Petra (daily)

Amman Food Tour (daily)

More Helpful Information:

Jordan in April

Best time to visit Jordan