Planning a trip to Jordan in May? May is the bridge between spring and summer in the northern hemisphere, and it’s a great time to visit Jordan – especially if you love the sun and hot weather.
As the final month of spring, May is one of the most popular months to visit Jordan, because of the pleasant weather; gone are the coldest nights in Wadi Rum, but the hottest days of the year haven’t yet arrived either. My first trip to Jordan in 2016 was in May; it was fabulous weather – but increasingly hot as the trip went on.
Below you’ll find the basics of what Jordan weather in May is like and how to prepare for it. I’ve also included travel tips and a special event happening in Jordan during May this year, to help you make the most of your time in the country.
Average Temperatures in Jordan in May
Phew, it’s starting to get hot in here. May in Jordan is the last month of spring. This means the temperatures are quickly rising. In Amman, always the cooler region, temperatures range from 64ºF (18°C) to 82ºF (28°C). In the central part of the country, Petra’s temperature fluctuates between 55°F (13°C) and 75°F (24°C), and Aqaba’s temperature averages 70ºF (21°) to 91ºF (33°C) – toasty!
Average Weather in Jordan in May
Temperatures may be getting higher, but the Jordan weather in May is still comfortable for travelers, with tons of sunny days in the forecast. The best thing is that there’s low humidity, so the atmosphere feels warm and dry instead of warm and sticky – as you’ve probably heard, dry heat doesn’t feel as hot – but it does dehydrate you!
Travel Tips for Jordan in May
Like March and April, May is a highly popular month to visit Jordan. Starting with this premise, you have to plan your trip as early as possible. Book your flights and reserve your hotel well in advance; you won’t find many great deals, but at least you’ll save a few bucks.
Be ready for the crowds. If you thought that traveling to Jordan in May makes for a lovely vacation, let me tell you, you’re not the only one. Popular sites like Petra will be brimming with people.
Lastly, as Jordan is quite a bit warmer than earlier in the spring season, you should be prepared for the heat: dress in breathable layers, bring plenty of sun protection, and be sure to drink lots of water once you arrive to avoid dehydration.
May Events in Jordan
Luckily for travelers, May is a pretty busy month in the Middle-Eastern hotspot. Below I’ve detailed three events you can enjoy during your trip.
🏎 Jordan International Rally (May 18-20): the most anticipated event of all, the Jordan International Rally is a unique experience for car and non-car enthusiasts. You’ll see bold drivers showcasing their abilities behind the wheel in the middle of gorgeous landscapes.
🌙 Wadi Rum Full Moon Desert Marathon (May 5-6): For my fellow runners out there, don’t miss the chance to participate in Wadi Rum’s marathon. You can cheer for those who signed up or rise to the challenge and run under the rising moon in one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world.
🇯🇴 Jordanian Independence Day (May 25): Arguably the most important day in Jordan’s history, you’ll find many celebrations, from military parades to restaurants selling typical fare. It’s a great chance to learn more about the country and feel closer to its culture.
Have any other questions about visiting Jordan in May or the weather during this month? Let me know in the comments below!