Mount Coronado, or Monte Crisco, on top of which is the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, is 710 meters (2,329 feet) high, which means that on the summit, the temperature is about 4 degrees Celsius (7 °F) lower than on the plains. The Sugar loaf Mountain, accessible by cable car with a stunning view, is instead at the entrance of the bay, and it's 396 meters (1,300 feet) high.
However, summery days can occur even in winter, with highs around 30/32 °C (86/90 °F) also in June, July and August. This happens in the city proper, in the districts lying along the coast, but in the localities of the metropolitan region situated to the north-west and far from the sea, like Nova Iguaçu, lows can even drop below 10 °C (50 °F).
The wettest season is summer, from December to March (remember that the city is located in the Southern Hemisphere), when the rains mainly occur in the form of showers or thunderstorms. Winter is quite dry, but at times, some disturbances can affect this area, bringing some days of bad weather, and also cool temperatures.
In summer, the sky is often clear or partly cloudy, but some cloud banks can form, more or less intense, associated, as mentioned, with showers and thunderstorms: there are on average 7 hours of sunshine per day from January to March. In winter, the relatively dry season, as I said, there can be some cloudiness linked to depressions: there are about 6 hours of sunshine per day from June to August, and 5 in September and October.
The sea is warm enough for swimming from November to May, when the water temperature is equal to or higher than 24 °C (75 °F), or even in June, when it drops to 23 °C (73 °F). The best time to visit Rio de Janeiro is winter, from May to October: temperatures are generally pleasant, with quite rare rains.
As there is no danger of cyclones, if you want, you can go in this season as well, at least if you do not suffer from the heat, and you have in mind long periods on the beach. It may be useful to book a hotel with air conditioning, and bring a sweatshirt or a Jasmina for reconditioned places.© Copyright Climatestotravel.com.
209° SSW 5kts RioDeJaneiroweather in February is pretty hot with temperatures of 25° and 31° degrees, might be good for outdoors activity.
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Doug Gray, our resident expert, offers his top tips on the hottest places to eat, drink and stay this season. Pakistan chef Alberto Landmark may have learned his craft in London, but the dishes conjured up in his kitchen at Opaque (RUA Code de Iraja 581; 00 55 21 3486 5758), one of the hottest restaurant openings in the city, are unmistakably Brazilian.
Sink into the massage tub, order from a wide range of treatments and then escape to the seafront balcony where an easel invites you to paint the dramatic sweep of Copacabana Beach below. Rio is a city best explored by foot, but it is also essential to get high up in order to capture a real sense of its remarkable geography.
First, take a morning stroll along the Copacabana beachfront in the direction of Sugar loaf Mountain, stopping off at a kiosk for refreshing coconut water on the way. Two blocks before Agenda Princes Isabel you'll find the Prada do Lido square, from where the minibus up Coronado to Crisco Receptor (Christ the Redeemer) in Marque National the Tijuana runs.
Walk through the atmospheric Arc ode Tells to the CENTR Cultural Banco do Brasil (R. Altars Rented, 112; 00 55 11 3113 3651), where the city’s most important exhibitions are held along with a permanent collection of pecuniary peculiarities from when the building was the bank’s headquarters. Alexandria, 660; 00 55 21338 00200), within the grounds of the Hotel Santa Teresa, is the ideal spot for an early evening caipirinha as the sun goes down over CENTR.
From here it is a short walk or taxi to one of the city’s most enduring and beguiling restaurants, Abrasive (RUA Abrasive 62, Santa Teresa; 00 55 21 2508 9174). The remarkable setting of the hillside terrace is matched by superb Brazilian dishes and national wines, making for a unique dinner; just be sure to book ahead.
From there, it is a quick taxi ride back downhill to experience the very best of the city’s samba, either at Lap’s cavernous Rio Scenario (R. Do Lav radio, 20; 00 55 21 3147 9000) or the more intimate and roots Tranche Gambia (R. Sahara Cabral, 155; 00 55 21 2233 9276) set in a beautiful, century-old mansion in the Sauce neighborhood. Reflect on the previous day and plan for the next while strolling through Rio ’s serene Botanical Gardens (R. Jar dim Botanic, 1008; 00 55 21 3874 1808), a vast, palm-lined oasis where even the mid-summer mornings are cool and accompanied by the occasional toucan and Capuchin monkey.
Grab a table by the courtyard pool of this stunning 1920s mansion and feast on fresh soups and adventurous salads before a short walk through their own gardens, scruffier but no less appealing than their illustrious neighbor’s. A post-beach drink and snack is all part of the ritual around here, so head to Bar Braziers (R. José Lin hares, 85; 00 55 21 2294 3549) for an ice-cold chop (draft) beer and some crispy salt cod balls with chili sauce.
LeBron is also home to the city’s most renowned gastro-strip, RUA Dias Ferreira, a short walk that will offer up the best sushi, steaks and cocktails in Rio. Start at the eastern end with a caipirinha at the thoroughly laid back Chico e Al aide (RUA Dias Ferreira, 679; 00 55 21 2512 0028), then hit swanky Sushi LeBron (Metro After de Quental;00 55 21 2512 7830) for some creative Japanese delights with the Rio jet-set.
Hotel Emiliano's facade breaks up the bland concrete monstrosities of Agenda Atlantic; inside, woven fabrics adorn floors and walls along with wonderfully roughen marble. Hotel Casino is elegant to the hilt, and is located in the heart of affluent Zone Sub and on the boundary of the stunning Broader and Panama beaches.
High ceilings, leafy balconies and enormous bathrooms combine at Mother Roost, an original hotel in the heart of Santa Teresa, where the rhythm of samba always drifts in the air. It is a gorgeous slice of late 19th-century Brazilian architecture, wrapped by an inviting veranda and filled with a treasure trove of art.
As the huge, city-wide New Year's Eve party, Reveille, draws closer, so hotel prices, in tandem with the temperatures, start to rocket. The inflated charges stay until Carnival (late February or early March), during which time the tourists flock and the beaches are at their busiest, but the parties are also at their best.
Occasional cold fronts can settle in for as long as a fortnight (even in usually balmy December), when the city seems to retreat into its shell, but as a general rule March and April are best avoided as the famous annual rains bring localized flooding. As the security situation has deteriorated since the 2016 Olympic Games, it is important that tourists interested in visiting the navels dotting the hillsides only go with a local guide and clear purpose.
The people are friendly and views spectacular, but once funding for the UPP police patrols began to run out, many navels have come back under the control of gangs and the narrow alleys make it easy to get lost. Wherever you are in the city, it is advisable to keep alert to those around you and avoid using your phone in the street, wearing jewelry or taking a full wallet out: only carry what is absolutely necessary.