The Weather and Climate in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most iconic coastal cities in the world, whether you want to have a caipirinha on the relaxing beaches of Leblon, play soccer in lively Ipanema, or dance the night away in noisy Copacabana.

Despite this, many travelers wonder how perennial Rio's heat and sun are, and climate-related precautions need to be taken when traveling there.

Rio de Janeiro is rarely cold and is usually only humid for a small part of the day, so regardless of the weather forecast, you can enjoy at least a day at the beach, even if you have to spend time in one of the underrated place's attractions of the interior of the river waiting for the rain to pass.

Although Rio de Janeiro is fully exposed to the Atlantic Ocean, tropical cyclones in this part of the world rarely go as far south as the city.

Instead, they tend to head west or northwest of the Cape Verde islands in Africa, losing even cities in northern Brazil in the vast majority of cases.

You should definitely take some precautions when planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro, but preparing for a disaster is not.

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Weather in Rio de Janeiro: Climate, Seasons, and Average Monthly Temperature

Rio de Janeiro Weather Quick Facts

  • Hottest Month: February (82 degrees F / 28 degrees C)
  • Coldest Month: July (72 degrees F / 22 degrees C)
  • Rainiest Month: December (5.3 inches / 135 mm)
  • Driest months: June and July (1.7 inches / 43 mm)

Summer in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is in the southern hemisphere, which means that summer is from December 21 to March 21.

While this is technically the rainy season along the south-central coast of Brazil, you can expect plenty of sunshine, as rainstorms in tropical Rio de Janeiro tend to be intense but brief.

It also tends to rain mostly at night in Rio de Janeiro at this time of year, although it can still rain during the day.

Temperatures can rise during Rio's summer, so you'll want to be close to one of the city's legendary beaches (or a seaside hotel pool, as appropriate).

High temperatures in Rio de Janeiro during the summer are scorching, often exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius), while lows rarely fall below 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius).

The morning is the coolest part of the day in Rio during the summer, so head out at sunrise if you like to run or exercise outside.

What to pack: Summer in Rio de Janeiro can be too hot to do much more than just hang out on the beach, so pack a pair of flip-flops (assuming you don't buy a pair of Havaianas from one of Rio's iconic Brazilians ). brand boutiques).

You should also pack at least some bathing suits, as well as good sunscreen and a hat or two to protect yourself from the sun.

Summer (late February or early March) is also when Rio's annual carnival takes place.

Average temperature per month:

  • January: 87 degrees F / 76 degrees F (30 degrees C / 24 degrees C)
  • February: 88 degrees F / 76 degrees F (31 degrees C / 24 degrees C)
  • March: 85 degrees F / 75 degrees F (29 degrees C / 24 degrees C)


Autumn in Rio de Janeiro

The bad news? Rio de Janeiro is too close to the equator for the leaves on its trees to change color (which would look strange anyway, have you ever seen a yellow palm tree?) The good news? High temperatures are regularly in the 80s Fahrenheit during Rio de Janeiro's mild fall, making the dry months of April, May, and June perfect for a day at the beach.

Additionally, crowds tend to decrease in the fall, especially during the months of May and June when local children and college students return to school.

Specifically, you can expect the high temperature in Rio de Janeiro during the fall to be around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius), with a low temperature of around 69 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius).

Rio's fall months have around 27 rainy days, which means you have a 67 percent chance of a totally sunny day.

Even on rainy days, the average daily rainfall is only 0.10 inches, which means it is unlikely to ruin your day.

What to pack: The relative softness and dryness of fall make it a good time to walk around the various viewpoints of Rio de Janeiro (Morro Dois Irmãos offers a beautiful view of the beaches), so pack a good pair of sneakers or hiking boots. Mountain. And try not to drink too many caipirinhas the night before the hike.

Average temperatures per month:

  • April: 83 degrees F / 73 degrees F (28 degrees C / 23 degrees C)
  • May: 79 degrees F / 69 degrees F (26 degrees C / 21 degrees C)
  • June: 78 degrees F / 67 degrees F (25 degrees C / 19 degrees C)

Winter in Rio de Janeiro

If you watched the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016, you may have noticed that they were actually held during the Brazilian winter.

Although the mild climate suggested otherwise. Rio de Janeiro's average highs in July, August, and September are still in the 70s Fahrenheit, and days past 80 are not uncommon.

The only big difference between Rio in winter and Rio in summer? Crowds (or, in the case of winter, its comparable scarcity).

Another reason why winter in Rio de Janeiro is the perfect time for a day at the beach? Winter is the driest period in Rio de Janeiro.

About 7.6 centimeters of rain falls during the winter of Rio de Janeiro during an average year, spread over 25 days.

This means that even if you are in Rio during the unfortunate 25-30 days, where some rain falls during the winter, it is unlikely to exceed 0.10 inches.

What to pack: Most Brazilians run inside or under a roof when it rains, but if you don't want it to deter you from exploring on a rainy winter day in Rio, pack a good umbrella.

Also, you can bring a jacket with a hood (or at least long sleeves) in case it gets cold at night.

Average temperature per month:

  • July: 77 degrees F / 66 degrees F (25 degrees C / 19 degrees C)
  • August: 78 degrees F / 67 degrees F (25 degrees C / 19 degrees C)
  • September: 78 degrees F / 67 degrees F (26 degrees C / 19 degrees C)

Spring in Rio de Janeiro

Most of the northern hemisphere spring trademarks are not found in Rio de Janeiro.

Colorful flowers bloom here year-round, and since winter highs are considered summer by American standards, it can be hard to notice the warming.

On the other hand, spring is another strong point in the weather for tourists going to Rio de Janeiro, not to mention how sloppy it can be.

Average temperatures during Rio de Janeiro's spring tend to be in the 80s, though reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit is not uncommon, especially in late November and early December when summer approaches.

Spring gets wetter every day, with more than six inches of rain in December, compared to just 3.4 inches in October, but it shouldn't be enough to spoil your day at the beach.

What to pack: Bring an umbrella if you are concerned about the possibility of rain. Also, spring tends to be a great season for hiking, as does fall, so pack a good pair of sneakers or boots to complement your Havaianas.

Average temperature per month:

  • October: 80 degrees F / 70 degrees F (27 degrees C / 21 degrees C)
  • November: 82 degrees F / 72 degrees F (28 degrees C / 22 degrees C)
  • December: 85 degrees F / 74 degrees F (29 degrees C / 23 degrees C)

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