Jordan in September: Travel Tips for Autumn Foliage
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September heralds a brief period of autumn in Jordan when the temperature begins to get cooler and inviting. This is a great time to explore Jordan's ancient ruins and go canyoning in Wadi Mujib. With agreeable weather all around, this is also the time when the country sees an uptick in tourist arrivals after the mid-summer lull. It is best to reserve your flights and accommodation well in advance when visiting Jordan in September.
Jordan Weather in September
Jordan’s climate varies widely across its multitude of landscapes. The weather in Jordan's capital, Amman, reaches an average high of a balmy 24°C and a low of 17°C. In the lowland desert region of Aqaba, expect relatively hot weather, with an average high of 35°C for the month. The eastern desert areas, such as Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, have similar temperatures. The average water temperature in Jordan in September is 25°C, ideal for swimming and diving activities.
For a full seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Jordan.
Weather in Jordan in September - 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 September
Jordan welcomes a short autumn season in September, with temperatures reaching bearable highs. This is one of the best times to explore the country’s wonders. Here are some of the reasons why you should visit Jordan in September.
- Festivals: If you are traveling to Jordan in September, you do not want to miss the Haya Theater Festival, which features plays, puppet shows, and creative workshops from talented performers all over the world.
- Float in the Dead Sea: Located 45 minutes from Amman, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on the Earth’s surface. The water here is known for its high salt content, making it very buoyant. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon floating in this natural wonder. While you are there, do not forget to lather yourself with mineral-rich Dead Sea mud, known for its healing properties.
- Birdwatching: The Azraq Wetland Reserve is an oasis for the migratory birds that stop here as they migrate towards Asia from Africa. Around 280 bird species land here every year and September is a great month to catch them. Look out for the Desert Finch, European Honey Buzzard, and several species of harrier.
Where to Go and What to Do
The ruins of Petra are a testimony to the ancient people who carved its intricate walls. Since Jordan’s temperature in September brings large sightseeing crowds during the day, why not take a nighttime tour and see the Rose City under the Milky Way?
Take advantage of the cool September weather to immerse yourself in the centuries-old Arab nomadic culture by taking a guided camping trip into the Wadi Rum desert, home to the Bedouin tribe. Enjoy a camel safari in the deep desert landscape and enjoy traditional dance and music by the campfire under a star-lit night sky.
If you are more of a city-lover, explore the capital city of Amman, the cultural and economic hub of Jordan. Visit Amman Citadel and the beautifully preserved Roman Amphitheater if you are into culture and history. Or stroll through Rainbow Street which has many restaurants, cafes, and shops. Here you can sit down for a meal of mansaf (a traditional Arabic dish of lamb, rice, and yogurt) before testing your haggling skills around the corner in the Souk Jara market. You can also visit the ancient city of Petra, where you can spend the whole day exploring the city's many attractions like the Siq and Treasury, the Colonnaded Street, and the High Place of Sacrifice. You can also climb the 850 rock-cut steps to Al-Deir to the Monastery, which is the largest monument of Petra and undoubtedly the most impressive one. For more ideas, make sure you go through our travel guide on things to do while in Jordan.
What to Bring
Regardless of when you are traveling to Jordan, be sure to pack lightweight cotton or linen clothing to keep cool. Women should wear long, loose-fitting clothing, and it is wise to pack a head scarf for visiting religious sites.
If you are planning a visit to Jordan in September, make sure to book flights and accommodation well in advance, as the peak tourist season begins around this time. The slightly cooler autumn temperatures make it a perfect time of year to explore the ancient ruins and wonderful deserts of this country.
Chat with one of our travel experts in the country who can help you design a tailor-made trip to Jordan, or have a look at our guide on how many days to spend in Jordan.
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