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Jordan is a stunning destination which really does offer something for everyone thanks to its diverse landscapes and rich history. However, with so much to see and do, it can be difficult to know where to start when planning a trip there. To help, our Arabia specialists Matt and Bjorn have put together their top 10 experiences in Jordan.
When to go to Jordan
Jordan’s climate is fairly straightforward, with short, cold winters and long, hot summers. Whilst it is possible to travel around Jordan throughout the year, we suggest planning carefully should you wish to make the most of all the country has to offer.
The Winter Season - October to March/ April
The winter season is the most popular time to visit Oman for non-Arabic tourists. Whilst this season is usually warm, dry and sunny in both the north and south, there are a few variations it is worth being aware of.
Wind direction can have a big impact on the temperatures in northern Oman. If the wind is blowing in from across the desert, it can be 5-10°C warmer than if the wind is blowing in from across the sea. This does mean from December to February, daytime temperatures are often a balmy 25-27°C, but can easily drop to 17-19°C on cooler days. In the higher elevations in the Hajar Mountains, such as the Jabal Akhdar region, it is always cooler than Muscat and Nizwa, with daytime temperatures sometimes dropping as low as 10°C in mid-winter. It has even been known to lightly snow on the highest peaks, although this is fairly rare.
The Dhofar Province in the south of Oman is sub-tropical, therefore has a different climate to the north. Temperatures remain fairly consistent year-round, usually ranging between 25-30°C, although this can fluctuate. The south is normally more humid, although still perfectly pleasant in the winter months.
Sea temperatures remain warm year-round in both the north and the south of Oman, usually averaging 24-25°C in winter.
The Summer Season - May to September
The summer season is when the climate difference between northern and southern Oman becomes clear. In northern Oman, temperatures begin to soar and humidity increases. In July and August, temperatures regularly rise to over 40°C. May and September are interim months, and whilst temperatures can still be around 35°C, for those who don’t mind the heat, this is a great time to travel as prices are much lower than during the winter.
During the summer months, the southern Dhofar Province experiences a monsoon, known as the khareef. There is usually rain and mists from June to August, and the sea is rough. The monsoon’s impact on the countryside is very dramatic, as the hillsides become lush and green, waterfalls cascade from the mountains and wadis and springs become full.
This wet and misty climate actually makes Salalah a very popular destination during the summer for domestic tourism and visitors from other Middle Eastern countries looking to escape the heat. Temperatures in Salalah usually peak just before the start of the monsoon in April and May. The rains are usually over by mid-September (although this can vary year on year), making this a good time to visit, with the countryside still at its most verdant.