Best time to visit Petra & Wadi Rum

Summer temps can reach up to 40°C which puts off most tourists – but offers a less crowded season to visit Petra.
December, January and February are fairly extreme with rain and snow often forecast and night time temps plummeting below freezing in Wadi Rum. April / May and October / November are much more pleasant for hiking and cycling, although this isn’t a secret so expect to share some space. Spring and autumn are considered the best time to visit Petra and Wadi Rum but if you don’t mind early starts or wrapping up to gaze at star-filled skies then fortune favours the brave. Pack lots of layers alongside sun cream, shades, floppy hat and hiking boots.

Petra & Wadi Rum Weather Chart

 
MIN °C
MAX °C
RAIN (mm)
JAN
2
13
17
FEB
3
15
17
MAR
6
19
15
APR
10
24
7
MAY
13
28
3
JUN
16
32
0
JUL
17
33
0
AUG
17
33
0
SEP
16
31
0
OCT
12
27
4
NOV
8
20
7
DEC
4
15
16

Best time to visit Petra & Wadi Rum

Andrew Appleyard, qualified archaeologist as well as international sales manager for our supplier Exodus, shares his best time to visit Petra and Wadi Rum: “Visiting Petra during the winter gives the sandstone a much more distinct colour variation whilst in the summer months of June, July and August it's virtually washed out and non-existent. Also, different times of the day offer variations on light with the Treasury in shade during the morning and bathed in sunlight from around midday onwards. Getting up early, around 5am, is the best way to beat the crowds and the heat when visiting Petra.”

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Written by Chris Owen
Photo credits: [Page banner: Kyle Taylor] [Intro: Yuliya Kosolapova] [Andrew Appleyard quote: Emile Guillemot]
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