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.
As tour guides, 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 sound nature provides us with. When temperatures drop late in the afternoon we continue the tour we started in the morning.
During the long winter night,s, 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 time to visit Wadi Rum
Based on climate and seasons, Wadi Rum is a year round destination. If you prefer pleasant warmth and lots of sunshine, the best time to visit is from March to May and September to November. March, April, September, and October are the most popular and busy months. For climbing and hiking the best time is between October and April. February is the best month to see plants flower all around the desert.
When will you visit us? You can find more information about our tours on our tour pages. For example our 2 day Wadi Rum desert tour Jabal Al-Hash.