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An interesting insight on Wadi Rum climate and seasons

fawaz enjoying the rain in wadi rum desert
There are three types of desert climate; hot, mild, and cold. Wadi Rum has a ‘hot arid’ desert climate, which means that our annual temperature is above 18 degrees Celsius. And the annual rainfall does not exceed 250mm. Maybe the most distinguishing characteristic is that the precipitation is less than 50% of its potential evaporation.

Summer and winter temperatures

In summer daytime temperature in Wadi Rum is 30 degrees Celsius on average. With peak temperatures that can rise to well over 40 degrees Celsius. The average night temperature is around 10 degrees less than the daytime temperature. As soon as the sun goes down, the temperature drops fast. Just like after sunrise, it rises quickly. The fast fluctuation is caused by the air always being dry. Dry air cannot trap heat nor cold that radiates from the sand. As the air is always dry, sleeping under the stars is possible year-round. In the colder months, we provide you with warm sleeping bags.
Wadi Rums winters are much colder. The average daytime temperature is between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. During the coldest nights of the year, the temperature can drop below zero. Otherwise, the temperature is just above zero.

One of the driest countries in the world

Jordan is one of the driest countries in the world. During the hot summer months, we sometimes have ‘khamsin’, sandstorms. Khamsin is a dry, hot, and sandy southern wind blowing from the Arabian Peninsula.

While the northern part of our country receives quite a bit of precipitation during the year, Wadi Rum gets only 50 to 100 mm annually, of which most during the winter months. Most of it is rain, but occasionally we have snow. In January and February, you have the biggest chance to see snow in Wadi Rum. But last year we had snow before Christmas. As temperatures rise above zero quickly in the morning, we need to get out into the desert early in the morning. Then we have time to enjoy the snowy landscape and have a snowball fight.

We follow the rhythm of the seasons

In summer, during the hot midday, we rest for hours in the pleasant shadows that Wadi Rum’s mountains provide. We relax and enjoy the sounds of nature. When temperatures drop late in the afternoon, we continue the tour we started in the morning.

During the long winter nights, we spent the evenings around wood fires. Having a good time: drinking hot tea, having interesting conversations, making jokes, and sometimes we play Bedouin music.

Best season to explore Wadi Rum

Based on climate and seasons, Wadi Rum is a year-round destination. If you prefer pleasant warmth and lots of sunshine, you might want to consider visiting from March to May and September to November. April, May, October, and November are the most popular and busy months. For climbing and trekking, the period between October and April is ideal. March and April are the best months to see plants and flowers all around the desert. Have a look at our weather page to see detailed weather charts.

Now, you probably have a pretty good idea of which season fits you best to come and explore Wadi Rum. However, there are more factors to consider when planning your holiday. To help you decide the best time to explore Wadi Rum, we have written a blog post titled ‘What is the best time to visit Wadi Rum?‘ Reading this blog post will provide you with more information and assist you in determining the perfect time for your visit.

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