Best Time to Visit Brazil

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Brazil. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Manaus, Belém und Salvador. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Brazil for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 11 °C to 33 °C
Waves Symbol 21 °C to 27 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.5417.01 in (3 – 26 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 19.5 °C (Porto Alegre) and 26.7 °C (Manaus)
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Geographical location

Brazil, with over 205 million inhabitants, is a huge country that accounts for almost half of South America’s cotinous population. The national area is more than 20 times as large as the Federal Republic of Germany.

The fifth largest country in the world is located on the southern Atlantic and borders almost all other South American countries, including Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia and Peru.

Only Ecuador and Chile have no immediate border. The longest border of Brazil runs to the neighbouring state Bolivia on altogether 2100 miles.

Although the 710 meter high Corcovado with the Jesus statue next to the Sugarloaf in Rio de Janeiro undoubtedly form the most famous elevations of the country, the summit of Pico da Neblina at 2994 meters marks the highest mountain of Brazil.

The water-rich Amazon is still today the lifeline of an incomparable flora and fauna. With almost 60,000 plant species, more than 700 reptile species and over 50 primate species, Brazil is considered the most species-rich country on earth.

The landscape is characterised by the mountainous plateaus in the south of the country and the extensive, evergreen rain forests in the lowlands of the Amazon basin. Brazil’s largest cities are all located near the coast.

Apart from Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Porto Allegre, Recife and Fortaleza are the largest conurbations. Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil for over 200 years, but lost its status to the new plan capital Brasilia in the central highlands.

Brazilian climate

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The weather in Brazil is very different from region to region. Tropical areas around the Amazon are characterised by very heavy rainy seasons in the first half of the year and at the end of the year and a dry season with less precipitation in the summer months. These areas are close to the equator, so there are no distinct seasons and temperatures are high all year round. In Manaus, the average temperature fluctuates only between 26 °C and 28 °C.

Similar climatic conditions prevail in northern Brazil on the Atlantic coast (Belem), where the average temperatures also fluctuate only very slightly from one another and the rainy season is in the first half of the year. The water temperatures there are constant at 27 °C all year round, so that pleasant bathing is possible there.

In the southern half of the country, however, the seasons are somewhat more pronounced. Here are annual average temperatures of over 20 °C still reached, but the temperature declines slightly in the winter months (JuneAugust), so that in June in Porto Allegre to the south only 14 °C are reached on average.

Rainfall in the south is also lower than in the equatorial zones, and seasonal differences are also less pronounced. In the very south, in Porto Allegre, most precipitation occurs in the Brazilian winter months (June – September), while in Rio this time is actually the dry season and at the beginning and end of the year most precipitation falls.

In Brazil you can expect a lot of sunshine and good weather all year round in many areas, but this does not apply to the areas on the Amazon during the rainy season, in which case the average is less than 4 hours of sunshine per day.

Best Time to Visit Brazil: Overview

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When to go to Brazil?


Due to its enormous size, Brazil is home to different climatic zones. A bathing holiday in Rio, for example, is possible all year round, probably most pleasant during the Brazilian winter months (June – August), when the average temperatures are at a pleasant 22 °C, and when it rains the least.

If you travel further south, however, you should bear in mind that the Brazilian winter will then be less pleasantly warm and the remaining months may therefore be better suited for your holidays.

Areas close to the equator should be avoided during the rainy season, a trip in the dry season in Brazilian winter is recommended.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Brazil) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Rio de Janeiroall months
Porto AlegreJanuary, February, March, April, October, November, and December
ManausJune, July, August, September, and October
BelémJune, July, August, September, October, and November
Salvadorall except April, May, June, and July
RecifeJanuary, February, September, October, November, and December
Foz do Iguaçuall except January, October, November, and December

Climate Charts Brazil

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Rio de Janeiro

Climate Chart Rio de Janeiro
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Porto Alegre

Climate Chart Porto Alegre
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Manaus

Climate Chart Manaus
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Belém

Climate Chart Belém
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Salvador

Climate Chart Salvador
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Brazil

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Brazil, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature29°30°29°28°26°25°25°26°25°26°27°29°
Night Temperature23°24°23°22°20°19°18°19°19°20°21°22°
Water Temperature25°25°26°25°24°23°22°22°22°22°23°24°
Precipitation (inch)4.494.154.075.413.373.172.221.993.433.473.766.65
Rainy days12991086669101113
Hours of Sunshine777666675566
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Rio de Janeiro is 24.1 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: February (26.9 °C)
Coldest month: July (21.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Rio de Janeiro is 26 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 46.18 inch on 109 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Rio de Janeiro.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, January is the sunniest month with an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.2 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Porto Alegre (Brazil)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature30°30°28°25°22°19°20°20°22°24°27°29°
Night Temperature21°21°19°16°13°11°11°12°13°15°17°19°
Water Temperature25°25°26°25°24°23°22°22°21°22°23°24°
Precipitation (inch)3.944.294.093.393.745.244.85.515.474.494.093.98
Rainy days1099791010109999
Hours of Sunshine877655555778
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Porto Alegre is 19.5 °C.

Warmest month: February (24.7 °C)
Coldest month: June (14.3 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Porto Alegre is 26 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 53.03 inch on 110 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Porto Alegre.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, December is the sunniest month with an average of 7.9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.2 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Manaus (Brazil)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature31°30°31°31°31°31°31°33°33°33°32°31°
Night Temperature23°23°23°23°23°23°23°23°24°24°24°24°
Precipitation (inch)10.2411.3412.3611.8110.084.493.462.283.274.967.28.54
Rainy days20191918171297791216
Hours of Sunshine433456777654
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Manaus is 26.7 °C.

Warmest month: October (27.6 °C)
Coldest month: February (26 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 90.04 inch on 165 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, March, April, May, November, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 71.57 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Manaus.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 7.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Belém (Brazil)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature31°31°30°31°31°32°32°32°32°32°32°32°
Night Temperature22°22°22°23°23°22°22°22°22°22°22°22°
Water Temperature27°27°27°27°27°27°27°27°27°27°27°27°
Precipitation (inch)14.2116.517.0113.9411.975.515.554.925.474.534.727.87
Rainy days252426252218151516131318
Hours of Sunshine443468888776
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Belém is 26 °C.

Warmest month: November (26.6 °C)
Coldest month: March (25.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Belém is 27 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 112.2 inch on 230 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): January, February, March, April, May, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 81.5 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Belém.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, August is the sunniest month with an average of 8.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.1 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Salvador (Brazil)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature30°30°30°29°28°27°26°26°27°28°29°29°
Night Temperature24°24°24°23°23°22°21°21°22°23°23°23°
Water Temperature27°27°27°27°27°26°25°24°24°25°26°26°
Precipitation (inch)4.374.765.7112.6812.89.888.035.354.414.84.695.2
Rainy days91214192120191513111011
Hours of Sunshine888666677777
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Salvador is 25.2 °C.

Warmest month: March (26.7 °C)
Coldest month: July (23.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Salvador is 27 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 82.68 inch on 174 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): April, May, June, and July
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 43.39 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Salvador.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, February is the sunniest month with an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.8 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights of the country


The landmark of Rio and all of Brazil, the Sugar Loaf, attracts numerous tourists. Rio de Janeiro also offers many other attractions, e.g. the great Christ statue (Cristo Redentor) or the beach of the world-famous Copacabana. The annual carnival in the Brazilian metropolis is of course also world-famous and a real magnet for spectators.

The other parts of the country also have a lot to offer, e.g. the Iguazu waterfalls, the Pantanal swamp area or the Amazon with its impressive flora and fauna. Other popular destinations in Brazil are the region around Recife and the Costa do Sol northeast of Rio, especially the former fishing village Armação dos Búzios. If you want to see as much of Brazil as possible, a round trip through the country is also a good idea.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Porto Alegre (Station Cachoeirinha)
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Clouds: 90 %       Wind: 2 mph O
Air Pressure: 1016 hPa       Humidity: 93 %
Last updated: 23rd Jul 2019, 08:42 am
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Brazil: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 2 reviews for Brazil holiday already. Average rating is 5 of 5 stars.
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    Rita, 79 years old was there in March

    It was – as expected – sunny and warm. My peck stayed in the suitcase.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Elisabeth, 56 years old was there in October

    The weather in the Pantanal was almost unbearably hot and very humid. Already in the early morning the clothes stuck to the body!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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