Averages for Rio de Janeiro in April

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the South American country's main tourist destination, located on the Atlantic coastline with 5-star resorts nestled between the tall mountains and some of the most beautiful, and most famous, beaches in the world. Rio's constant warm weather and comfortably warm sea water add to the city's attraction as a holiday destination.

As April can be considered to be a transitioning month between the hot and wet summer season and the somewhat milder winter season...

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the South American country's main tourist destination, located on the Atlantic coastline with 5-star resorts nestled between the tall mountains and some of the most beautiful, and most famous, beaches in the world. Rio's constant warm weather and comfortably warm sea water add to the city's attraction as a holiday destination.

As April can be considered to be a transitioning month between the hot and wet summer season and the somewhat milder winter season, the temperature in Rio de Janeiro decreases. It does, however decrease by just a few degrees, as the weather in the city is typically quite constant all-year round. The average day temperature this month is 25°C, a one-degree drop since March, but, of course, still very warm—the same temperature was recorded in December as well, while the summer months enjoyed a bit higher temperatures. At night, the temperature ranges around 22°C this month; in the afternoon, it averages 28°C. Those two temperatures tend to decrease slightly as the month progresses. The temperature of the sea water is 25°C on average, delightfully warm for swimming.

Rio is quite humid all-year round and in April, the humidity levels range between 57% and 98%, which is very humid. When booking a hotel room, definitely make sure it has air-conditioning.

A typical day in April has 6 hours of sunshine on average, one hour fewer than the summer months, but still definitely a normal number for a tropical city like this. Cloud cover is typically high throughout the whole year—this month, it is 67%, which is categorised as partly cloudy.

A peak in rainfall totals is observed this month compared to the previous and following months. The total amount of precipitation is 137mm, spread out over 10 days, which makes this the second wettest month of the year, after December. That rainfall happens as short, but heavy downpours—there are three common types of rainfall. Thunderstorms, light rain and moderate rain occur respectively on 33%, 29% and 26% of the days with rainfall. In the course of the month, the probability that you will experience rainfall decreases from 44% to 36%.

If you're planning to visit Rio, make sure to check out the weather forecast on this page on Holiday Weather.

Where to Stay

The Marina All Suites Hotel claims to be the very first boutique hotel in the city. It houses 41 apartments, all of which boast beautiful sea views. This wonderful accommodation is set right at Leblon Beach, its facilities and services including in-room breakfasts, a fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool with sun deck, and an entire floor dedicated to health services, from massages to saunas.

Hotel Fasano Rio is situated in the heart of Ipanema, right at one of Rio's most iconic beaches. This is a sober yet stylish hotel, focusing on offering its guests everything they might need, whether they are regular tourists or business travellers. Guests can relax in and around the infinity pool with a cocktail while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or enjoy a great meal in the hotel's restaurant. There is a spa as well.

For a hotel with a more down-to-earth price tag to stay at in April, check out the rooms at the wonderful Atlantis Copacabana. Located between two of Rio de Janeiro's most famous neighbourhoods, this hotel is centrally located and close to all the major tourist attractions. This is a place designed for those who like a relaxed holiday, with breakfast served up until 11am.

Things to Do

One of the most important events in Rio de Janeiro in April is the Rio Boat Show, definitely a fun event to attend on one of the 28°C-warm afternoons this month. The show is the largest sailing event in South America, and attracts all the big names in the nautical world. As well as sailings, there's also a chance to buy (or just window shop) the newest, most luxurious, and highest priced boat models on the market. There's also live music and a host of other entertainments during this week long international event.

Rio Boat Show

Rio Boat Show, Rio de Janeiro in April.

Another popular water-based thing to do in Rio is surfing. Several of the city's beaches, including Ipanema, Arpoador and Leblon, have a world-class surf with waves suitable for absolute beginners, pros and everyone in between. Along the Rio coastline, you will find many a surfing school, able to teach you the basics of surfing. The beaches in the city are always filled with people sunbathing, swimming and surfing, particularly on the weekends, so if you're more comfortable surfing when it's quieter, try it on a weekday. Arpoador Beach, incidentally, also offers the opportunity to surf at night—there are lights set up along the rocks.

Hit the Beach

With sea temperatures averaging 25°C, April is a magnificent month to hit the beach in Rio de Janeiro. Barra Beach is one of the best beaches in the city—it's huge, measuring no fewer than 18 kilometres long and stretching out between Recreio and Barra da Tijuca. The first kilometres of the beach are lined with hotels, restaurants and bars; things quiet down a bit as you go further, although there will always be plenty of facilities available. Barra Beach is a great beach for water sports, such as kite surfing, wind surfing, body boarding and regular surfing, which is why this will be an important venue during the 2016 Olympics, which take place in August.

Eating and Drinking Out

For a classy night out, consider heading to Copacabana Piano Bar, a place to see and be seen. This sophisticated piano bar is located at the extravagant Copacabana Palace Hotel and is a place where you might find some of Rio's rich and famous enjoying a cocktail or other beverage. This is a wonderful place to go for an aperitif before dinner.

If you want to taste feijoada, Brazil's national dish, consider visiting Galani Restaurant in Caesar Park Rio de Janeiro Ipanema. On Saturdays, this great restaurant serves some of the best feijoada in the city.

Another recommended place to sample this traditional dish is Bar do Mineiro in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood. This charming eatery is renowned for its comfort food and extensive drinks menu—a great place to go for casual drinks and snacks.

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