Average Weather in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
In Rio de Janeiro, the summers are short, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are long, comfortable, humid, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 65°F to 88°F and is rarely below 61°F or above 95°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Rio de Janeiro for warm-weather activities is from mid May to late September.
The hot season lasts for 2.7 months, from December 25 to March 15, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is February 12, with an average high of 88°F and low of 76°F.
The cool season lasts for 4.7 months, from May 19 to October 10, with an average daily high temperature below 79°F. The coldest day of the year is July 22, with an average low of 65°F and high of 77°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Rio de Janeiro, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Rio de Janeiro begins around April 4 and lasts for 6.3 months, ending around October 14. On August 28, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 74% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 26% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 14 and lasts for 5.7 months, ending around April 4. On January 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 71% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 29% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Rio de Janeiro varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from October 29 to April 2, with a greater than 40% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 64% on December 22.
The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from April 2 to October 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on June 21.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 64% on December 22.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Rio de Janeiro experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Rio de Janeiro. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 1, with an average total accumulation of 7.3 inches.
The least rain falls around August 7, with an average total accumulation of 1.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Rio de Janeiro varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is June 21, with 10 hours, 44 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 13 hours, 33 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:16 AM on October 20, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 26 minutes later at 6:42 AM on February 17. The earliest sunset is at 5:14 PM on June 6, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 29 minutes later at 7:43 PM on January 14.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Rio de Janeiro during 2018, starting in the spring on October 21 and ending in the fall on February 17.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Rio de Janeiro experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 8.8 months, from September 19 to June 11, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 48% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is February 8, with muggy conditions 99% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is July 22, with muggy conditions 31% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Rio de Janeiro experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from July 10 to November 23, with average wind speeds of more than 7.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is September 15, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.6 months, from November 23 to July 10. The calmest day of the year is March 17, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Rio de Janeiro varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.9 months, from June 2 to July 31, with a peak percentage of 36% on June 24. The wind is most often from the east for 10 months, from July 31 to June 2, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Rio de Janeiro is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.6 months, from January 6 to April 23, with an average temperature above 76°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is March 5, with an average temperature of 78°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.7 months, from July 5 to October 27, with an average temperature below 72°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is September 16, with an average temperature of 70°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Rio de Janeiro throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Rio de Janeiro for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid May to late September, with a peak score in the first week of August.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Rio de Janeiro for hot-weather activities is from early April to late May, with a peak score in the last week of April.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Temperatures in Rio de Janeiro are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Growing Degree Days
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.5 months, from October 8 to February 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is November 24, with an average of 6.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from May 10 to July 30, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 25, with an average of 3.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Rio de Janeiro are -22.903 deg latitude, -43.208 deg longitude, and 39 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Rio de Janeiro contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 640 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 69 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (3,264 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (7,552 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Rio de Janeiro is covered by artificial surfaces (57%), water (23%), and sparse vegetation (14%), within 10 miles by water (49%) and artificial surfaces (26%), and within 50 miles by water (56%) and trees (23%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Rio de Janeiro, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Rio de Janeiro.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Rio de Janeiro according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Rio de Janeiro is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Rio de Janeiro and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Santos Dumont Airport (71%, 4.6 kilometers, east); Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (20%, 11 kilometers, north); and Base Aérea do Campo dos Afonsos (9%, 18 kilometers, west).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.