Jordan in February: Travel Tips for the Low Season
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Jordan has extremely hot summers and bitterly cold winters. However, the climate and weather can vary dramatically around the country, depending on altitude and location.
February is winter in Jordan and the weather can be very chilly with biting winds, rain showers, and even snowfall. But the sun always seems to make an appearance. The climate in the south is more temperate and draws visitors to destinations like Aqaba, where they can enjoy Petra sightseeing or indulge in snorkeling or scuba diving in the Red Sea.
Jordan Weather in February
February in Jordan is wintertime, and don’t be fooled into thinking just because this country lies in the Middle East, winters will be mild because February can be very cold. The beginning of this month sees temperatures in Amman averaging around 10°C, sometimes colder due to the wind factor. Days are short and nights are freezing, so pack plenty of warm clothes if you plan on exploring the northern parts of the country or frosty mountain areas.
If you want some warmer weather, head south to Wadi Rum, and Aqaba where it is decidedly milder. Temperatures are a balmy 21°C or nearabouts during this month and February is a great time to explore the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley. Also, lovers of watersports can have a field day snorkeling or diving in the Red Sea.
For a seasonal overview of the weather in Jordan, visit our travel guide on the best time to visit Jordan.
Weather in Jordan in February - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||12||13||16||22||27||30||31||31||30||26||19||14|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||4||5||7||10||14||17||19||18||17||14||9||5|
|Avg Daily (°F)||53.6||55.4||60.8||71.6||80.6||86||87.8||87.8||86||78.8||66.2||57.2|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||39.2||41||44.6||50||57.2||62.6||66.2||64.4||62.6||57.2||48.2||41|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||50||50||40||10||10||10||10||10||10||10||30||60|
Why Visit Jordan in February
Home to a plethora of world heritage sites and some of the best dive sites in the world, this incredible country offers a mix of both timeworn heritage and burgeoning modernity. Here are some of the top things to see and do in Jordan in February:
- Fewer crowds, low costs: Most tourists prefer to explore Jordan when the weather is warm. So February is a great time for budget travelers as airfares and accommodation costs are at their lowest in most places.
- Aqaba and the Red Sea: The pleasant winter climate in the country’s south is perfect for enjoying the warm waters of the Red Sea and lazing on a beach.
- Festivities and celebrations: The Aqaba Traditional Arts Festival is an annual event that celebrates the rich culture of the Bedouin people and showcases traditional Bedouin arts and crafts. The other event that you might be interested in is the Azraq Festival. Organized in the small desert town of Azraq, located 100 kilometers to the east of Amman, this festival is a celebration of arts, cultures, music, dancing, and local cuisine.
Where To Go and What to Do
Nestled between the tumultuous countries of Israel, Iraq, and Syria, Jordan is a peaceful enclave that is steeped in ancient history. One of the few Middle Eastern that is safe to travel to, Jordan is packed with things to see and do year-round.
February is a good time to visit the awe-inspiring Nabataean city of Petra. Spend your days exploring its honeycombed landscape of magnificent tombs, carved façades, towering pillars, and soaring sandstone cliffs. There are many more mind-blowing monuments and temples dotted around the country, from the black basalt ruins of Umm Qais to the beautifully-preserved theater in Amman that should be on your list of things to see.
Another must-do is to follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia on a camel ride through the spectacular desert landscapes of Wadi Rum with its vibrantly-colored dunes and burnished sandstone cliffs. You can stay in a traditional Bedouin camp in the heart of the desert and get a glimpse of the traditional way of life of these gentle people that call the Eastern Desert their home.
Join a camel caravan on the King's Highway, which is lined with ancient Roman ruins, castles from the Crusades period such as Karak and Shobak, and historic sites of biblical import. Head into the spectacular Dana Nature Reserve to do some hiking and see some of the country’s endemic animals like the honey badger, desert gazelle, or Nubian Ibex.
After touring the past, head into the present with a visit to the capital of Amman which has some amazing modern art galleries, museums, and a buzzing nightlife scene. Don’t miss out on a trip to the Aqaba Archaeological Museum, the awe-inspiring Sherif al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque, and the Mamluk Castle.
Head to the laid-back market town of Madaba, just 30 kilometers to the southwest of Amman, to marvel at some of the world’s most beautifully preserved Byzantine-era mosaics, including the magnificent mosaic map of the Holy Land dating back to the sixth century laid on the floor of St George’s Church.
Save the south for last and head down to Aqaba and the Red Sea for long, lazy days on the beaches and enjoying world-class snorkeling and scuba diving in the warm, gin-clear waters.
Visiting Jordan in February offers an array of exciting adventures to enjoy and historic sites to explore, from the breathtaking city of Petra to the ancient, castle-lined King's Highway. Colder weather in the north is great for wandering around cities like Amman while warmer climes in the south draw avid scuba divers and beachgoers. For a seasonal overview of Jordan, check out our travel guide on the best time to visit Jordan.
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