Jordan in May: Travel Tips for Spring


May is essentially the season of spring in Jordan. The country experiences warm to moderate weather all year round, and the otherwise arid landscape of the country is lush and mottled with exotic wildflowers. If you are looking forward to a great holiday, you should visit Jordan in May. There are many exceptional places to visit in the country, from the ancient city of Petra to the archeological ruins in Amman to the out worldly desert landscape of Wadi Rum. Soak in the rich culture and history of the country that sits at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe, and that was once ruled over by many great empires of bygone eras.

Jordan Weather in May

A bright day at shores of Aqaba in Jordan during May.
Visit Aqaba and indulge in water activities to escape the heat.

The average temperature in Jordan during May ranges between 22°C and 28°C. If you are traveling in the desert area, expect a bit of hot weather, but it is largely bearable to go sightseeing. Of course, you can tour the Jordanian desert landscapes in the evening when the temperature is cool. The coastal city of Aqaba is also slightly hotter during this time, with the mercury soaring over the 30°C mark. But here you will have plenty of options to cool off, with many water activities available.

Get the seasonal outline of the country, by reading our travel guide on the best time to visit Jordan.

Weather in Jordan in May - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)121316222730313130261914
Avg Nightly (°C)4571014171918171495
Avg Daily (°F)53.655.460.871.680.68687.887.88678.866.257.2
Avg Nightly (°F)39.24144.65057.262.666.264.462.657.248.241
Avg Rainfall (mm)505040101010101010103060

Why Visit Jordan in May

Camels riding in Wadi Rum desert, Jordan.
Enjoy camel trekking in the deserts of Wadi Rum.
Women admiring the view of Jordanian desert while hiking in Petra.
Explore the amazing country's beauties while hiking through Jordan's ancient metropolis.

May in Jordan is part of the high season, so its attractions are crowded and busier compared to other seasons. Still, there is no shortage of places you can visit in Jordan and activities you can do to have a memorable holiday experience in the country. Here are some reasons why visiting Jordan in May is a good idea:

Independence Day: Be a part of Jordan's Independence Day on May 25. The entire country erupts in celebration on this day, with grand fireworks, flag hosting ceremonies, and parades.

Holy Month of Ramadan: If you are visiting Jordan during the month of May, you will have the unique opportunity to experience the holy month of Ramadan. This is a time when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and focus on prayer and reflection. It sounds like a somber occasion, but Ramadan is a very festive period in Jordan. At night, the cities come alive with feasts and celebrations.

Hiking and Camel Trekking: May is the perfect time for hiking and camel trekking in Jordan. The weather is not too hot, and the desert landscapes are beautiful this time of year. If you are looking for an adventure, consider spending a few days hiking through Wadi Rum or Petra.

Where to Go and What to Do

Wadi Rum desert in Jordan in May.
The desert city of Wadi Rum opens to plenty of excursion opportunities as the weather is beautiful in May.

There are quite a few places to visit and things to do in Jordan in May. The Dead Sea is regarded as the heart of Jordan. Relax and float in its mineral-rich and highly saline waters. May’s weather is perfect for spending a day relaxing in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.

Head to Wadi Rum, a must-visit destination in Jordan, to see its stunning desert landscape. Spread across 74,000 hectares, Wadi Rum is full of natural wonders. Take a camel safari through this incredible desert or hike to its high cliffs, sandstone arches, and natural caverns.

One of the most visited places in Jordan, Petra is a famous archaeological site and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Explore the ancient city of Petra which was carved into a rock face by the Nabataeans, the ancient Arab people, over 2000 years ago.

Amman, the capital city of Jordan, is a vibrant metropolis where the ancient and modern collide. It is home to a diverse population and a number of interesting attractions, including the Roman Amphitheater, the Citadel, and the King Abdullah Mosque. Be sure to check out its many souks (traditional markets) while you are exploring Amman.

From the historically rich city of Amman to the unearthly beauty of Wadi Rum to the amazing Dead Sea, Jordan is a country full of archeological and natural wonders. The country is a mix of modern and ancient cultures that offers travelers a holiday experience like no other. And the best way to see and experience Jordan is in May when the weather is pleasant all around the country.

If you have managed to snag a trip to Jordan in May, you have most certainly made the right decision. Contact our travel experts to get a tailor-itinerary to Jordan.

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