The weather in Aqaba is definitely something you should check out first before you head over to the city for a trip. A lot of people may tell you that the city has pleasant weather, but you had best take that advice with a grain of salt: they may be people more inured to hot weather than others, so if you are not aware of how warm Jordan in general can get, you may well be surprised by the overly warm welcome Aqaba has in store for you.
The Aqaba climate can be divided roughly into a cool season and a hot season. These are relative terms, keep in mind: “cool” should probably be termed “cooler”, since it only merits such a name when compared to the hotter months of the year. For all practical purposes, however, these are the seasons that locals call winter and summer.
Summer runs from April to approximately October. The heat can get oppressive, so be prepared for it: temperatures are going to run from 90 degrees Fahrenheit to highs of around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. There have been records of daily temperatures in July hovering around the 104-degree mark. The one saving grace to weather in Aqaba at this time would be the fact of it being quite dry. June to September sees no rainfall at all, in most years, and even the tardy rains that blow in by October almost never go above 2mm in total precipitation. This is a relief for many people in the city: as those who have gone to the most sweltering of tropical locations know, the only thing worse than very high heat is very high heat combined with humidity.
The sea breeze should mitigate the heat a little, although you should still be careful, of course, to avoid going about during the summertime without adequate coverage and fluids. This is obviously not the ideal time to visit Aqaba, unless you are really comfortable with arid desert climates. Most people who have been here for a whole year or long enough to see both seasons know that the best time to visit the city is the cool season, or the so-called winter.
The winter rolls in around November to March. By many European countries’ standards, it would be laughable to call it winter, but as mentioned earlier, these are relative terms. This is when the country’s temperatures drop to a slightly more bearable 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and when rainfall experiences a bit of a spike. There is still not a lot of it even then, with the peak average rainfall measured in millimetres coming to only about 8mm for the month of December. The coolest temperatures tend to come in January, though, where the temperature can get as low as 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
This is thus the best time to visit the city, for the weather in Aqaba at this time is by far more bearable than at other times of the year. Be warned that you should consider the stark differences in day and night temperatures too, as is the case for most desert regions. The nights can get surprisingly chilly in winter, so bring at least one light jumper or coat just in case.