Jordan Weather in February: Travel Tips for First-Timers

Jordan Weather in February: Travel Tips for First-Timers

By Zairah | Updated Feb. 21, 2024

February marks the departure of winter, bringing relatively milder temperatures compared to other winter months.

For those who want to avoid the sunny summer days but can't also tolerate the harsh winter temperatures, February can be the perfect month to plan a visit. However, despite the changing season, it can still get cold during different parts of the day but generally it still provides favorable weather conditions for exploring the country.

Visiting Jordan in February can be great for travelers seeking a peaceful pocket-friendly trip. Here's what you need to know before planning your visit to Jordan in February.

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Weather of Jordan's Major Cities in February

Jordan City Ave. Min. Temperature Ave. Max. Temperature
Amman 4.2°C (39.6°F) 13.7°C (56.7°F)
Petra 3°C (37.4°F) 15°C (59°F)
Irbid 5.4°C (41.7°F) 14.1°C (57.4°F)
Aqaba 10.1°C (50.2°F) 22.2°C (72°F)
Madaba 7.8°C (46°F) 16.2°C (61.2°F)
Jerash 5°C (42°F) 19°C (65°F)
Maan 2.8°C (37°F) 15.4°C (59.7°F)
Jordan City Ave. Rainfall Ave. Days
Amman 62mm (2.44") 10
Petra 17mm (0.67") 4
Irbid 92mm (3.62") 10
Aqaba 5mm (0.2") 1
Madaba 17mm (0.67") 7
Jerash 35mm (1.4") 9
Maan 7mm (0.28") 1

Top Places to Visit in Jordan in February

Aqaba

With colder evenings, Aqaba experiences milder temperatures during the day. It offers the warmest temperatures in Jordan in February which makes it an ideal time to visit this coastal city for those who seek to explore marine life.

Aqaba is known for its world-class water activities, be it snorkeling, scuba-diving or beach sports, if you seek adventure, Aqaba is the place to be.

If you are a nature lover Aqaba has innumerable scuba diving sites with majestic coral-reefs tucked away in the crystal-clear water of the sea for both beginners and seasoned scuba-divers.

However, if you like to stay above water, you have several options to choose from, such as; jet skiing, parasailing, and paddleboarding. You may also want to take the glass- bottom boat tour at the Aqaba Marine Park to explore the protected coral-reefs.

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Petra

Petra is comfortably cold in February which makes it an ideal time to explore it before large crowds of tourists come bustling in.

Cooler temperatures can make hiking to high places, achievable. With proper gear and weather on your side you may be able to view the breathtaking landscape of Petra from High Place of Sacrifice and the High Place of Petra.

Wadi Rum

With chilly winter-winds waning slowly in February, Wadi Rum can be an excellent place to visit with all the hiking, trekking and exploring to offer. You may also want to go camel-trekking to sit back and enjoy the burnt-orange landscape of Wadi-Rum in the rhythmic movements of a camel, just swinging back and forth on the rugged terrain of the majestic mountains.

Even though nights can get colder than the days, you can enjoy Bedouin-style accommodations in Wadi-Rum to experience the authentic way of Bedouin life under the star-studded sky, make sure to pack enough warm clothing.

Jordan Festivals in February

February marks the beginning of festivals in Jordan, you can catch two culturally rich festivals in Jordan in February:

The Aqaba Traditional Arts Festival: An annual celebration held in Aqaba to honor Bedouin people and to promote, showcase and preserve their culture and way of life.

The aforementioned festival offers an immersive experience of colors, sounds and sensations. It invites you to experience the nomadic way of life through their food, handicrafts and music. It offers you with an opportunity to mingle with the Bedouin people and see their lifestyle up-close.

The Azraq Festival: Nestled in the eastern side of Jordan, in a small town called Azraq, you can catch another culturally rich festival that attracts people from around the world.

The purpose of the Azraq Festival is to showcase the traditions of the local community and highlight the local arts and crafts produced by its members. Despite being a relatively smaller festival, it attracts a large number of visitors each year due to its vibrant and lively ambiance. If you like handicrafts, then this festival can be a perfect opportunity to get authentic Jordanian handicrafts and souvenirs.

Costs and Crowding in February

February is a good time to visit for budget travelers right before the tourists come swarming in, with spring. The fares and lodging costs are cheaper than the peak season. However, for Aqaba and the Red Sea peak season starts in February and attracts many local and international visitors which means the prices start going up.

What to Pack in February?

Frequent travelers recommend packing enough warm clothes for layering to keep up with the fluctuating temperatures during different times of the day. Since it is still winter in Jordan in February, in evenings and at night temperatures can drop low so you might want to keep a jacket or two.

Winters are great for hiking and trekking so make sure to keep a comfortable pair of shoes, a good quality hiking stick, a raincoat, an umbrella and a hat for the sunny mornings in Petra and Wadi-Rum.

Typically, it is recommended for both men and women to dress modestly and cover a significant amount of skin while visiting Jordan. Travelers do not necessarily need to wear heavy or long garments, but opting for lightweight clothing that is not overly revealing is the most suitable choice during their stay.

With peak season just around the corner and tourists awaiting the arrival of spring, February might be the last chance to visit Jordan for those who seek tourist-free streets.

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