Averages for Rio de Janeiro in August

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's most famous city, hosts the 2016 Olympics in August. This is the world's largest sporting event, which always attracts hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of visitors to the hosting city. Luckily, August, a month that falls in the middle of winter in this southern destination, happens to be one of the most comfortable months to visit this great city—rainfall is low, temperatures remain high.

Although the weather in Rio de Janeiro is similar throughout...

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's most famous city, hosts the 2016 Olympics in August. This is the world's largest sporting event, which always attracts hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of visitors to the hosting city. Luckily, August, a month that falls in the middle of winter in this southern destination, happens to be one of the most comfortable months to visit this great city—rainfall is low, temperatures remain high.

Although the weather in Rio de Janeiro is similar throughout the year, temperatures do start to rise slightly in August. Readings average 19°C at night and up to 26°C in the afternoon, which both are very high temperatures considering this is one of the mid-winter months. The overall average temperature in August is 22°C. The sea temperature is exactly the same as the air temperature this time of year, also averaging 22°C, which happens to be as cool as the Atlantic Ocean ever gets in these parts. Swimming is possible all-year round in Rio!

A typical day in August enjoys 7 hours of sunshine on average, which is the highest number of sunshine hours observed per month in this resort—the same number is seen in the summer months of January, February and March.

Cloud cover seems to increase in the course of the month, from 68% in the beginning to 78% at the end of the month. These percentages are both categorised as being partly cloudy.

In terms of rainfall, August is the driest month of the entire year. The total amount of precipitation is no more than 51mm, which is spread out over 7 rainy days. The chance that you will experience rainfall in August is relatively low, especially in the beginning of the month when the chance is 27%. At the end of the month, that chance has increased to 35%. The most common type of precipitation is light rain, which occurs on 42% of the days with rainfall. Moderate rain and drizzle are likely as well, respectively falling on 24% and 22% of those rainy days.

Looking to visit Rio in August? Check out our up-to-date and detailed weather forecast.

Where to Stay

Located right on the coastline, the Diamond Hotel is a business-orientated property offering affordable rooms. While the standard rooms feature all the modern conveniences usual to luxury hotels, the top suites include private swimming pools. Breakfast is served each morning, and the hotel is located within walking distance of the Aterro do Flamengo Park, perfect for a morning stroll.

One of the top hotels in the city, a superb place to stay during your visit in August, is the JW Marriott Rio Hotel. This is an extraordinary hotel, located right in front of Copacabana Beach and near many restaurants, shops, nightclubs and other attractions. Rooms feature beautiful décor, marble bathrooms, cable TVs and soft beds. Its facilities are nothing less than amazing and include a well-equipped gym, two massage rooms, a beautiful rooftop pool and huge spaces for weddings, parties and other celebrations or meetings.

Hang gliding over Rio de Janeiro

Hang gliding over Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.

The 4-star OK Hotel is a hotel located conveniently near many cultural attractions and transportation hubs. It lies at Cinelandia Square and no more than a few blocks from Santos Dumont Airport. Nearby attractions are the Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts. Amenities are plentiful and include a fitness centre, swimming pool, sauna and two restaurants.

Things to Do

In August 2016, Rio de Janeiro hosts the Summer Olympics, the world's largest sporting event. This will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city, creating a huge economic boost. If you've ever wanted to attend a world-class sporting event, this is it—and it takes place in one of the most spectacularly located cities on earth. The 2016 Olympics kick off on August 5 and the closing ceremony is on August 21, which adds up to more than two weeks filled with (probably) record-breaking races, matches, games and tournaments. 

Aterro do Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Aterro do Flamengo Park, Rio de Janeiro.

If you're visiting Rio in August, basically one of the most comfortable months of the year weatherwise, make sure to visit the city's most iconic beach—Copacabana Beach. This is one of the most famous beaches in the whole world and a major attraction in the city. Always crowded with locals as well as tourists, Copacabana is backed by tall coastal mountains and dotted with numerous restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. Don't skip it!

Hit the Beach

Leblon Beach lies just to the west of Ipanema Beach and is the playground of Rio's upper class. It is backed by boutiques, fine-dining restaurants and high-end hotels and is one of the city's most sophisticated beach areas. It attracts a quieter crowd than other beaches in Rio, making it a favoured place to go among families. Near Posto 12, there is a playground for children and babies with several toys and a baby changing station. A walking and cycling path lies just behind the beach and is always occupied by people trying to stay fit. This sandy beach with blue water is a perfect and peaceful place to enjoy the 22°C water temperature this time of year.

Eating and Drinking Out

The Melt bar and restaurant is a good choice for those who want to enjoy a drink with a few light snacks. The bar is busy and lively, especially during the nightly events such as 'Rock Night', while the restaurant serves up an array of sandwiches and finger foods. However, what this place is known for is its desserts. Whether its chocolate-filled crêpes or rich, warm brownies with ice cream, Melt has it all.

One of the absolute greatest places to go for dinner in Rio is Satyricon. This superb fish and seafood restaurant focuses on Mediterranean-style cuisine and serves mouth-watering dishes, such as seafood pastas, grilled fish and seafood salads. From crab, oysters, sea urchins and mussels to tilapia, salmon and shrimp, its menu is quite extensive, making this the place to go if you're in the mood for fish or seafood—no question.

If you're just feeling like having a drink, head to La Botelha, literally The Bottle. Well-known for its huge selection of European wines, it also serves spirits and beers. They host wine tastings and meetings for wine lovers. You can also grab a bite to eat there—its menu is inspired by German cuisine.

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