The Guide to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro Weather
Weather in Rio de Janeiro
Aristotle called the Tropic of Capricorn, the latitude on which the vibrant Rio de Janeiro lies, the heart of the world's "Torrid Zone." Spend one full year in the humid, subtropical heat of Rio de Janeiro, and you'll know what he meant. Rio de Janeiro's famous heat is the engine that runs Brazil's most famous city; from the Brazilian bikini clad masses to the pulsing rhythm of samba and Carnival to the friendly and open nature of the cariocas.
Rio de Janeiro Seasons
For American and other Northern hemisphere people, the seasons in Rio de Janeiro are reversed. An American winter is a Brazilian summer. While Americans are wearing black dresses and heavy jackets to their winter New Year's parties, Brazilians are wearing white sundresses and shorts to a hot New Year's celebration on the beach.
Rio de Janeiro Summer: November-February
Rio de Janeiro Fall: March-May
Rio de Janeiro Winter: June-August
Rio de Janeiro Spring: September-October
Best Time to Visit Rio de Janeiro
To escape the cold winters in North America and Europe, a Rio de Janeiro summer in November is one of the best times to visit. To avoid the crowds of Carnival, skip Rio de Janeiro in February and try the hot, but still not oppressively humid, spring in Rio de Janeiro.
What to Pack
Even in winter, Rio de Janeiro is never cold. Light jackets for a winter evening are the heaviest items of clothing to pack when traveling to Rio de Janeiro. For the rest of the year, a bathing suit is one of the most important items of clothing to pack. Or, better yet, buy your Brazilian bikini in one of Rio de Janeiro's famed Brazilian bikini shops.