Jordan has a Mediterranean-style climate with hot summers and wet winters. Expats expecting year-round sizzling temperatures may be surprised to learn that the country does experience colder temperatures too, not to mention rain and even a bit of snow in the winter months. However, those who enjoy sunshine can rest assured that such conditions are very much the exception, and Jordan is by and large a warm and sunny country.
The spring season is from March to May and brings with it an array of dazzling wildflowers to the Jordanian countryside. Summer, from June to August, is characterised by hot daytime temperatures with an average of 90°F (32°C). During this season it is advisable for expats to wear lightweight but modest clothing, not forgetting that skimpy clothing will likely be considered disrespectful.
In April, a hot southerly wind known as the khamsin wind blows over the country. The khamsin can build up to gale force, and often causes dangerous sandstorms. The arrival of this wind can cause the temperature to rise by several degrees, sometimes up to 104°F (40°C), within just a few hours. During these times, expats should beware of low visibility and should stay indoors if possible.
Despite the hot days, summer evenings can very quickly become chilly, so it’s always a good idea to carry an extra layer to throw on when out and about at night.
In November, rainy conditions start to make their way across the country heralding the arrival of winter, which lasts from December to February. The rainy season runs until around April and can bring vicious storms causing flash floods and mudslides. During this time, expats should wrap up warmly and wear waterproof jackets or overcoats. It is during winter that Jordan’s capital city, Amman, may experience a few days of snowfall.