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Visiting Petra in August: All You Need to Know

Want to visit one of the world’s great wonders, the rose city of Petra in Jordan? This is definitely a bucket list destination – and one that I almost feel a trip to Jordan is incomplete without seeing.

While not as hot as July, August is actually part of the less popular summer season for visitors. If you’re planning a trip to Jordan in August, you’ll want to keep a lot in mind – and there’s some specific advice worth knowing about visiting the historic site of Petra.

Below you’ll find a complete but quick guide to visiting Petra in August. I’ve included details on the weather, what to pack, and what to expect during your visit. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments so I can help you have an unforgettable time.

Petra Weather in August

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The summer is in full swing in August in Petra, which means that temperatures are quite high. In fact, the hottest day of the year is, on average, August 2 – but temperatures start to cool off as the month progresses. The average high temperature in Petra in August is around 98°F (37°C), and the average low is around 68°F (20°C). 

As you can imagine, the Petra weather in August is very hot and sunny – don’t expect to see a single cloud in the sky. However, while there temperatures can make it challenging to explore Petra during the day, there are ways to manage the heat and still enjoy your visit.

Petra Open & Closing Hours

Petra has varying opening times depending on the season. During the summer, the site opens at 6:00am and closes at 6:00pm. 

The perk of visiting Petra in August is that the days are very long. Sunrise in Petra during August typically occurs around 5:30-5:45 am, and sunset usually takes place around 6:30-7:00 pm. As for the daylight hours, you can expect around 13-14 hours per day throughout the month. 

The early sunrise allows you to be exploring Petra as soon as the archeological site opens its gates. If you’ve read any of my other Petra monthly guides you know I always say it’s best to arrive early in the morning. This is to avoid the crowds and the heat. Also, keep in mind that Petra is a large site, and it can take several hours to explore all the key points of interest.

Don’t forget too that there’s a Petra By Night experience offered Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights at 8:30pm; you can visit the site after dark by attending that.

What to Pack for Petra in August

When visiting Petra in August, it’s essential to pack sun protection. Pack sunscreen to protect your skin; a hat and sunglasses can come in handy, too, when the hot sun is beating down on you. Don’t forget to bring sturdy shoes or hiking shoes if own a pair for you’ll be walking on uneven terrain.

Also, light clothing made of breathable fabric is essential to help your skin breathe and sweat, which is how you’ll stay cool. Speaking of, you should also bring a water bottle or something to help you stay hydrated.

Other Considerations for Visiting Petra in August

Okay, here’s just a few more tips to help you make the most of your toasty trip to Petra in August.

  • August is the low season in Jordan as the heat deters most travelers from visiting the Middle-Eastern hotspot. Consequently, Petra will be practically yours to explore. 
  • Since August is in the middle of the low season, you’ll find tons of deals. Airfares and hotel rates hotels are at their lowest, and many tour operators lower their prices to lure visitors. 

Have any other questions about visiting Petra in August? Let me know so I can help you plan an amazing August trip!

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I fell in love with Jordan after my first visit in 2016; now I love returning to explore more – and writing guides to help you do the same.

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