Jordan in July: Travel Tips for Summer
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Summer peaks in Jordan in July with longer daylight hours and hot temperatures. It gets very hot, especially around midday. In fact, July is one of the hottest months of the year in the country. As a result, not many people visit Jordan during this month, which means the country’s top attractions are relatively free of tourist crowds. Hotel and travel rates are also lower this time around. If you plan your travel activities in the morning or in the evening, heat should be the least of your concerns when visiting Jordan in July. If the hot summer weather still bothers you, head to the higher altitude areas of Amman and its surrounding areas, where the temperatures are mild.
Jordan Weather in July
Due to its proximity to the equator, Jordan averages an astonishing 13.5 hours of sunshine a day during the summer months. It is little wonder, that many tourists tend to avoid visiting Jordan in July. But the country’s temperature can vary wildly depending on where you are in the country. For example, the Dead Sea often hits a daytime average of 45°C, while the northern city of Amman is much cooler, with the mercury hovering at 30°C. It gets balmier across the country after sundown.
Get the seasonal outline of the country, by reading our travel guide on the best time to visit Jordan.
Weather in Jordan in July - 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 July
July is one of the best times to travel to Jordan if you are looking for a budget holiday. Hotels tend to drop their prices, and there are just as many amazing activities, festivities, and events to take part in at this time of year. Here are some reasons why visiting Jordan in July might be a good idea:
- Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts: Held in the northern city of Jerash since 1981, the Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts is a major highlight of the Jordanian social calendar. Over 100,000 visitors gather at the enchanting Roman citadel for the festival to be entertained by musicians, dancers, poets, and theater troupes.
- Eid al-Adha: An important festival in the Muslim calendar, Eid al-Adha honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail in obedience to Allah. Eid al-Adha, also known as the "Festival of Sacrifice"’, is celebrated by sacrificing animals to be divided among family, friends, and the poor. It is also the time for visiting one’s friends and family and for exchanging gifts.
- Canyoning at Wadi Mujib: Wadi Mujib is a vast canyon network that connects the Dead Sea to the eastern side of Jordan. Its main attraction is a narrow stretch of canyon, known as the Siq, where canyoners complete a combination of walking, swimming, climbing, and sliding through this incredible natural water park.
- Stargazing at Wadi Rum: Wadi Rum, also known as the "Valley of the Moon", sits at around 1000-meter elevation, making it an incredible stargazing spot. With very little light pollution across the expanse of desert, the night sky over Wadi Rum boasts some of the best views of the Milky Way in the world.
Where to go and what to do
That you should visit Jordan’s gems like the ancient rock city of Petra and the many ancient ruins and landmarks in Amman goes without saying. But since it gets hot during the day, plan your tours before midday or in the evening.
July is one of the best times to visit Jordan and mingle with the locals at one of the country’s arts, culture, and religious festivals. The Jerash festival encompasses two weeks of performance, food, poetry, and theater. And the best part is, all of this takes place amongst some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world.
The famous Dead Sea sits below sea level, with a salt content high enough to make you float on its surface. Get there early in the morning to avoid the sweltering heat of the day.
If you are looking for a more agreeable temperature, we recommend you to visit Amman offers temperatures in the mid-high twenties, whilst still offering a plethora of ancient ruins to rival that of Petra.
The vast Wadi Rum desert is another place you can visit in Jordan—that is if you can brave the heat. Explore Wadi Rum and check out the stunning desert landscape that could pass for a Martian surface. The place, after all, did serve as the Red Planet in many Hollywood blockbusters, including the 2015 Matt Damon-starred "The Martian."
If you have managed to snag a trip to Jordan in July, you have most certainly made the right decision. Contact our travel experts to get a tailor-itinerary to Jordan. For more ideas on what you can do on your trip to Jordan, see our guide on things to do in Jordan. Our article on how many days to spend in Jordan will also come in handy.
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