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Brazil - Climate and Weather

Brazil's landmass is exceptionally vast and as expected, the climate fluctuates significantly throughout the different regions. It is important to learn more about the weather and climate in Brazil before you move there.

Generally, the climate of Brazil can be divided into two: the tropical zone in the northern parts and the subtropical (temperate warm) zone in the southern parts. However, the country has a wide range of climatic conditions including semi arid, subtropical highlands, humid subtropical, tropical monsoon, tropical wet and dry, and tropical rainforests. Learning about the climate and weather in Brazil can help you plan your move.

Rio De Janeiro

Summertime, between December and March, is the most popular time to visit Rio. However, staying in the city is not cheap because Rio is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The most affordable time to stay in Rio is from May to October because this is usually not peak tourism season. However, this period experiences cooler temperatures of around 60 F / 20 C. Although there are many activities for tourists to engage in during this period, some people find it a bit too cold to go to the beach. Rio is not as enjoyable during the stormy month of April. It may also rain during the dry season, but not as much as during the rainy season.

São Paulo

Since São Paulo is located within the southern zone of Brazil, it has similar climatic conditions to Rio de Janeiro, especially the areas that are close to the coast. The inner regions of São Paulo are located in a plateau and usually experience the same weather and climate conditions as Central and Southern Brazil. Magnificent temperatures and great climate conditions in São Paulo are experienced during the summer. Nevertheless, São Paulo experiences high humidity levels during the summer and it can get quite hot and sweaty. It is also important to know that São Paulo experiences very chilly winters.


The Amazon usually experiences a distinct climate from the rest of the country. The Amazon River is located in this region. With a wet season that continues for five and a half months, this area is quite wet. This season might last from mid-October to late March. Central Amazon, close to Manaus, experiences its wet season from December until the end of May. The best time to visit the Amazon is September before the start of the rainy season. Unless you love constant rain, visiting the Amazon during the rainy season would leave you with little or no time to explore the forest and enjoy the outdoors.


The climate in this region closely resembles that of the Amazon, with lots of rain during the wet season lasting between December and March. The region experiences lots of rain and high temperatures. In addition, this region is prone to flooding. Winter usually begins in July and lasts until September. This is considered one of the best times to visit the Pantanal because the area is usually dry during this period. You may want to avoid traveling there during fall and spring between June and November because of the high level of rainfall experienced during this period.

South Brazil

All four seasons are experienced in this region. The winters are cold and the summers are hot. The mid-year period is the best time to visit Southern Brazil, when the shorelines are superb and welcoming.

Ideal months to visit Brazil

Due to its tropical and subtropical atmosphere, Brazil is an ideal tourist destination throughout the year. All you need to do is to pick the best location. The Brazilian winter goes on for just three months from June to August.

The best season to book your Brazil vacation is for the most part during the summer months from November to March as the temperatures are in the mid 20s even under the least favorable conditions. However, temperatures in Brazil are usually in the high 20s and regularly reach the mid 30s.

March is a good month to visit the south of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, or São Paulo because it seldom rains during this period. It is also the best time to visit the Iguassu Falls on the Argentinean and Brazilian border. However, this is not the ideal time to visit Brasilia.

April is a great month for sea sports and visiting the beaches in Rio Janeiro and south Brazil. However, it is not the ideal time to visit the tropical beaches in the northeastern and northern regions.

June is an excellent time to visit the Amazon, the Lencois Maranhenses, and the Pantanal. The month is moderately dry, with charming temperatures in the tropical ranges. However, June is an ideal month to visit inland cities in Minas Gerais and Brasilia. It is also an ideal time to visit tropical beaches in the North and Northeast parts of the country because of the little rainfall experienced in these regions during this period.


The dress code in Brazil is generally casual. However, residents of cities such as São Paulo have a more varied dress code. T-shirts and light pants or jeans do fine for men. Many women prefer to wear shorts and light tops, especially when going to the beach.

Casual apparel for Brazilian men normally includes wearing short-sleeved khakis and shirts made of light materials like cotton. They can also go for lengthier shorts. Ladies usually wear pants decorated with beads or sequins and worn with halters or T-shirts. Khakis, frock style dresses, and skirts are also popular. Sandals and heeled shoes are the most common forms of footwear in Brazil.

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