The weather in Amman may be generally described as variable, owing the configuration of the city. One part of it may experience cool temperatures, for instance, while another part may be subject to rather warmer ones, and this is all because of the varying altitudes of the Jordanian capital’s 27 districts, which are spread over just one hill shy of twenty. Amman in general is actually set on an elevated tract of land itself, and the lowest hill is about 700 metres above sea level with its highest counterpart passing the 1000-metre mark for altitude. The city is, in effect, Jordan’s answer to Italy’s hilly Rome.
Amman may be said to experience all four seasons, although one of them is so short that most people say it can barely even be felt. This season would be that of fall or autumn, and it lasts from October to November, although it sometimes extends all the way to December. The other seasons are longer and easier to distinguish from each other. Summer, for example, can be easily told apart from the other seasons due to its dry and semi-arid character. This hot season extends from June to September, generally, and it may reach highs of 87 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) in the lower areas, with higher spots and hills experiencing cooler temperatures by comparison. There are such sharp differences of temperature between various areas, in fact, that it makes it difficult to rely on a single weather station for an accurate reading of daily temperature when checking the weather in the city. As such, you may well have to look up area- or district-specific reports when you do this.
After a short autumn, a cold and wet winter can suddenly descend on the city around the end of November, with some of the higher-altitude locations experiencing near-zero temperatures on the Celsius scale. Snow is not uncommon in the hills of Amman at this time, and it can stay up to April. However, it bears noting that snowy precipitation tends to the more western parts, where drifts can measure well over 40cm. Other, lower parts of the city are more likely to experience cold rains. Something everyone visiting the city should know about this season is that the Amman winter can be perilous in several ways: first, to the health, because it is extremely cold and wet; and second, to drivers visiting the city’s hill districts, given that fog becomes regular at this time. While it is not as common now to find fog approaching the consistency of pea soup, it is still possible.
The spring of the Amman climate is as short as the fall, although many say it is more noticeable, given that it is distinguished from summer by the precipitation. Since the summer sees hardly any rain, spring is considered the time when the snow begins to melt and rain showers are fairly regular. This season starts around mid-April and goes on to May before finally ceding to the dry summers of the weather in Amman.