Wadi Rum Weather Facts
Wadi Rum Desert gets just 15 days of rainfall per year, on average. It is your typical desert climate with hot days and cool nights. Large daily temperature swings are common and just minutes after the sun goes down you can feel a reprieve from the heat, as the temperature quickly drops, even in the middle of summer. The best time to visit Wadi Rum is spring and fall.
Wadi Rum Weather Winter
January is the coldest month, with an average high of 14 degrees Celcius and the nights dipping down to just 3 degrees Celcius. If you are staying in a traditional bedouin tent, that can mean for a very cold morning. Ensure you have a jacket, toque, and gloves for the evenings and mornings.
Sand storms can occur in winter. Ensure you have a scarf to cover your nose and mouth if you happen to get caught in one. Normally these show up in the weather in advance, and if you can adjust your itinerary, I would suggest it.
Wadi Rum Weather Summer
In contrast, July and August are the hottest with daytime temps averaging around 34 degrees Celcius and the hot summer sun often makes it feel even hotter. Traditional tents can get very hot as soon as the sun rises meaning you do not have a morning to lounge in bed; but who wants to stay in bed when you have sweet Bedouin tea and breakfast waiting! Summer evenings in Wadi Rum are warm at 20 degrees Celcius, but with a large temperature swing like that, it can feel cool after the sun sets. Bring a sweater if you tend to get cold.
Wadi Rum Weather Month by Month
|Month||Average High||Average Low|
|January||58°F / 14°C||37°F / 3°C|
|February||62°F / 17°C||40°F / 5°C|
|March||68°F / 20°C||46°F / 8°C|
|April||77°F / 25°C||53°F / 11°C|
|May||85°F / 29°C||60°F / 15°C|
|June||90°F / 32°C||65°F / 18°C|
|July||93°F / 34°C||68°F / 20°C|
|August||92°F / 33°C||68°F / 20°C|
|September||87°F / 30°C||64°F / 18°C|
|October||79°F / 26°C||58°F / 14°C|
|November||69°F / 21°C||48°F / 9°C|
|December||60°F / 16°C||40°F / 5°C|
Wadi Rum Packing List
- Flashlight/Torch or headlamp
- Bug Repellant and After Bite (some areas have mosquitos, some do not)
- Snacks and Alcohol (Most camps include meals while you are there, but there are not a lot of snack options. Some Wadi Rum camps serve alcohol and some do not. Buy it in Aqaba or Amman)
- Battery Pack (some tents will have electricity in your room, this is common in the luxury tents. Basic tents will not have plugs. Bring a battery pack to keep your phone charged)
- Sleep Sheet / Pillowcase (this is optional, I dont pack one, but if you are someone who wants to have your own sleep sheet, bring one for Wadi Rum)
- Water Bottle Filter (a Grayl Water Bottle is something I recommend for every traveller, not just those going to the Middle East. The streets, the forests and even the desert are littered with plastic bottles. With a water bottle filter, you can filter the water in the camp and avoid using the plastic water bottles)
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.