Jordan Weather in April: Travel Tips for First-Timers

By Zairah | Updated Aug. 21, 2023

In lots of ways April may be the only month to catch Jordan in all its glory with relatively lesser crowds, considering ideal weather conditions. Two significant festivals fall in April 2024 in Jordan so planning around them can help you have the best possible experience. Read on to find out more.

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Weather of Jordan's Major Cities in March

Jordan City Ave. Min. Temperature Ave. Max. Temperature
Amman 10°C (51°F) 25°C (77°F)
Petra 11°C (51.8°F) 25.5°C (77.9°F)
Irbid 9°C (49°F) 24°C (75°F)
Aqaba 12°C (54°F) 26°C (79°F)
Madaba 11°C (51°F) 24°C (76°F)
Jerash 10°C (49°F) 24°C (76°F)
Maan 11.9°C (53.42°F) 26.4°C (79.52°F)
Ajloun 9.9°C (49.82°F) 24.5°C (76.1°F)
Jordan City Ave. Rainfall Ave. Days
Amman 43mm (1.69") 2
Petra 15mm (0.59") 1
Irbid 88mm (3.46") 3
Aqaba 5mm (0.2") 1
Madaba 18mm (0.71") 2
Jerash 25mm (1.0") 3
Maan 7mm (0.28") 1
Ajloun 27mm (1.1") 3

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Places to Visit in April in Jordan

Petra

Ideal weather, ideal season is a recipe for crowds. If you wish to steer clear of the noisy crowds, be there before sunrise. A few adventurers would be waiting at the entrance of Siq; the narrow winding path that leads straight into the heart of Petra. The magic will start setting in with the first streak of light as the sun unveils the majestic landscape of Petra. You can catch Petra in its glory without tourists swarming in from all directions at that hour. There in the golden glow of the waking sun the ancient sandstone walls, etched with time, seem to awaken, revealing the intricate patterns and textures that have been carved by centuries of wind and water erosion. Right before the light turns warm and burns the stone carvings in varying shades of rose-red, the landscape adorns a silver halo of morning light. The dramatic lazy silence of early morning hours adds to the sublime beauty of the city. Petra takes your breath away as she adjusts to the warm embrace of the mighty sun.

Taking advantage of the less-crowded early hours of the day, you can embark upon the main trail that is said to be the easiest trail in Petra. The main trail is mostly flat and wrapped around all must-see sites of Petra, it starts at the visitor center and goes through the Siq, Treasury, Street of Facades, Roman theater, Royal Tombs, and The Great Temple. Once you've reached the trail's end, just after the City Complex you can find several other trails that branch out from there. Be warned that because of its dynamics, it is the most popular trail among the hikers so catching it in the early hours of the day is the key to enjoying it without having to deal with large crowds of visitors.

If crowds are not an issue for you and you enjoy the collective tourist experience, you might want to start late, catch the sunset-another sight for the sore eyes, and opt for the nighttime experience.

Amman

If you're looking for a cultural experience you are in for a treat. Amman has so much to offer to those who seek the urban experience of Jordan. The weather in spring, right before the scorching summer heat kicks in, is almost ideal in Amman.

One such place to visit before the hot summer days take over is Rainbow Street. Rainbow Street is as the name suggests, Amman's most colorful street. It is located in the heart of the city on top of the hill providing a panoramic view of all of the seven surrounding hills of Amman. The kaleidoscopic decorations and the funky cafes make this a sought-after tourist attraction. The colorful decorations hanging mid street provide a pleasant sensory experience, as the sun touches these colorful objects and light plays with colors the views become even more breathtaking.

This street never sleeps and is open 24/7. If you seek the thrill of Amman's nightlife you must visit it at night, or make the best of both worlds and visit before sunset to witness the shifting views of the street as night takes over.

Even though you won't find any nightclubs here but Amman's best lounges and sheesha bars are located in this street. From food to souvenirs, you can find everything here. The colorful views of the street against the earthy tones of the houses built on the surrounding hills all under the deep blue sky is an experience that will be etched on your memory for the rest of your life.

Dead Sea

Dead sea is perhaps the most talked about tourist attraction of Jordan. The therapeutic famous experience of floating effortlessly in the Dead sea can be even more pleasant during spring. However, please be warned that even in April the sun can easily get unpleasant and therefore it is important to carry proper sun-protection gear with you to make the most of the trip.

You can also go around and explore the salt formations at the Dead sea. As the sunlight interacts with the salt crystals, the seashore appears to be studded with several gemstones sparkling in the sun. The salt forms intricate patterns that look like delicate lacework spread across the ground. Some areas are smooth and flat, resembling a frozen lake of glistening crystals. In other places, the salt has built up into small mounds and ridges, creating a textured landscape that appears almost otherworldly. As you walk on the surface, you'll hear the faint crunching sound of salt crystals breaking underfoot, a reminder of the unique nature of this environment.

The merciful temperatures of April can be ideal to go exploring around the Dead-Sea. The area around the Dead Sea offers a variety of hiking trails and nature reserves. But even if one decides to stop at the Dead sea and explore this unreal marvel of nature in depth, April may be the perfect time to do that. The salt formations at the Dead Sea are a visual feast for the senses, a landscape that challenges your expectations and transports you to a place of natural wonder.

Wadi-Rum

Wadi-rum is the land of wind sculptures, a geographical testament to the unpredictability of landscapes. It is unlike anything you may expect to see in a desert. You can't help but place yourself against the vastness of the landscape before you and marvel at how small and insignificant human existence can sometimes feel in relation to the vastness of the universe. April is ideal for exploring Wadi-Rum to the best of ones' abilities.

It is home to Bedouin nomads who have lived there for generations in nothing but tents. Ideal temperatures increase the possibility of Bedouin encounters, these friendly nomads have wisdom to offer and great stories to tell. The local Bedouin communities can add a unique dimension to your visit that you may never experience anywhere else in the world.

The cool evening temperatures can allow you to camp under the stars, a visual treat that you will never forget for the rest of your life. As the sun sets behind the golden mounds of sand into the sky bleeding hues of light never seen before, flickering in the sky, the whole milky way opens its eyes and casts its celestial gaze onto the world. Time stops, even with several other tourists around, all spellbound and lost for words, one experiences the bliss of solitude underneath the vast starlit sky. If you visit Wadi Rum in April, try to camp there for the night.

Jordan Festivals in April

Two of the most popular Islamic festivals will fall in April 2024, Ramadan followed by Eid. Ramadan is a month-long festival of fasting wherein Muslims fast for the entire day and then break the fasts as the sun sets. Ramadan will fall in March and April in 2024 as Muslims follow the Islamic calendar for religious festivals. The dates are always tentative because the calendar follows the lunar cycles.

Ramadan has immense spiritual significance for Muslims around the world and Jordan is no exception, during the fasting hours of the day it may be difficult to find food so it is wise to plan your day accordingly. As a tourist you will not be expected to observe fasts but dressing modestly is mandatory.

Ramadan is followed by Eid al Fitr which concludes the month-long fasting with a three-day celebration. During Eid Muslims wear their best clothes and begin the day with a special Eid prayer that's hosted across the country followed by sharing food and gifts among friends and family. Eid is also a public holiday in Jordan. Much like Christmas, on Eid people decorate their houses and share traditional food. Anybody visiting during these festivals will have an immersive cultural experience.

Costs and Crowds in April

April is considered part of the peak tourist season in Jordan, which might lead to slightly higher prices and bigger crowds. Planning ahead and booking ahead can help you secure better prices.

April falls within the shoulder season in Jordan, meaning that while it's not at the peak of tourist influx, you can still expect a reasonable number of visitors at popular sites. Places like Petra and Wadi Rum might see more tourists. Choosing the right hours to visit all the places can come in handy in such cases.

What to Pack in April?

When visiting Jordan in April keep lightweight, breathable clothing for daytime and something warmer for the slightly cooler nights. If you plan to visit the Dead sea make sure to consider the local culture while choosing your swimwear. Modest clothing is encouraged in Jordan specifically during the holy month of Ramadan. To steer clear of stinging cuts from the salt formations at the Dead sea don't forget to pack a pair of comfortable swim shoes.

Make the most of the favorable temperatures in April, with a little push outside of your comfort zone, April can be the perfect time to explore Jordan to the fullest. Some tourists may shy away from visiting Jordan during Ramadan so that can provide you with a golden opportunity to make the most of those early weeks if you wish to avoid crowds.

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