Best time to visit Brazil

Teenagers playing soccer in the rain, ©marlon.net/Flickr

Teenagers playing soccer in the rain, ©marlon.net/Flickr

It’s never easy to choose the perfect time to visit a foreign country. Whether it’s a holiday or a business trip we provide you some information trying to make your decision easier. The best time to visit Brazil is definitely from April to June and August to October. Business visitors should avoid mid-December to the end of February, when it is hot and people are on holiday. In these months, hotels, beaches and transport tend to be very crowded. July is a school holiday month. If visiting tourist centres like Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and the colonial cities in Minas Gerais in the low season, be aware that some tourist sights may be closed for restoration.

Choose the place you want to visit

Deciding on the best time to visit Brazil depends a lot on where you are going. In Rio de Janeiro conditions during the winter time are like those of a north European summer, including periods of rain and overcast skies, with temperatures from 14°C to the high 20s. It is more like a north European autumn in São Paulo and the southern states and it can get very cold in the far south; warm clothing is required as temperatures can change dramatically and it can get cold on high ground anywhere in Brazil, particularly at night.

São Paulo, ©veerbruar/Flickr

São Paulo, ©veerbruar/Flickr

Heavy rains

An equatorial climate characterizes much of northern Brazil. There is no real dry season, but there are some variations in the period of the year when most rain falls. The heaviest rain is from November to March in Rio and São Paulo and from April to August around Recife. There might be some tourists who love rain so they can courageously choose this period of time visiting Brazil. The rainy season in the north and Amazônia can begin in December and is heaviest from March to May, but the time period is getting steadily shorter, possibly as a result of deforestation.

Teenagers playing soccer in the rain, ©marlon.net/Flickr

Teenagers playing soccer in the rain, ©marlon.net/Flickr

What to expect from Brazilian climate?

The climate of Brazil comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a large area and varied topography, but most of the country is tropical. The average annual temperature increases steadily from south to north, so the best time to visit Brazil depends also on the latitude of your destination. Even on the equator, in the Amazon Basin, the average temperature is not more than 27°C.  From the latitude of Recife south to Rio, the mean temperature is 23-27°C along the coast, and 18-21°C in the highlands. South of Rio, the mean temperature is 17-19°C. Humidity is relatively high in Brazil, particularly along the coast. The luminosity is also very high, so you are best advised to wear sunglasses.

Wear Sunglasses!, ©Pierce Martin/Flickr

Wear Sunglasses!, ©Pierce Martin/Flickr

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