Averages for Rio de Janeiro in May

One of the world leaders in the world of sport, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a popular holiday destination for sports lovers of all kinds. As famous for its football players as it is for its beaches, Rio de Janeiro is especially known as the South American home of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, which take place in August; two very prestigious honours for the coastal city.

As the summer approaches, the weather

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Averages for Rio de Janeiro in May

  Temperature 23°C

73°F

Low Temperature 20°C

69°F

  High Temperature 26°C

80°F

  Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 25 %
  Rainfall 86mm
  Rainfall days 10 days
  Chance of Rain 40 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 50 %
  Sea Temperature 24°C

76°F

Daily averages for May

Daily averages for May

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 22
°F 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72 72

Averages for Rio de Janeiro in May

One of the world leaders in the world of sport, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a popular holiday destination for sports lovers of all kinds. As famous for its football players as it is for its beaches, Rio de Janeiro is especially known as the South American home of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, which take place in August; two very prestigious honours for the coastal city.

As the summer approaches, the weather in Rio de Janeiro becomes a little cooler than the previous months, although it remains warm, topping out at 26°C in the afternoons and 20°C at night—two temperatures that are superbly high for this time of year, anywhere in the world. They do, however, seem to decrease by about two degrees each in the course of the month. The average temperature in May is 23°C, which is comparable to October’s temperatures. Swimming is possible all-year round in Rio as the sea temperature is comfortably high, averaging in May at 24°C.

Rio de Janeiro in the evening sun light

Rio de Janeiro in the evening sunlight.

With 86mm of rainfall in total, which is spread out across 10 days of rainfall, precipitation is relatively low for this resort during May, and average for the year. In fact, there are only three months—June, July and August, the winter months—that receives less rainfall. The likelihood of experiencing any form of precipitation decreases noticeably in the course of the month. On May 1, the chance of rainfall is 36%; on May 31, that chance is 29%. Thunderstorms are no longer the most common type of precipitation. Light rain is most likely to occur now, observed on 36% of those 10 days with rainfall, while moderate rain falls on 29% of those days. Thunderstorms do, however, still happen—on 17% of the rainy days, that is. Drizzle has become a possible type as well, occurring on 16% of those wet days.

Cloud cover is at 66% this month and doesn’t vary whatsoever. This happens to be the lowest cloud cover percentage in the entire year, indicating that the sky is partly cloudy throughout the month of May.

When it comes to sunshine, this is an average month with 6 hours of sunshine per day on average. This number is seen during 6 of the 12 months of the year. While this may seem like a rather low number, it is important to understand that this is a tropical location, where cloud cover and rainfall, as well as temperatures, are higher and where the days are typically shorter than more moderate places. 6 hours of daily sunshine is plenty to hit the city’s beaches.

Where to Stay

The Scorial Rio offers luxurious rooms for a surprisingly affordable rate. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and lays out a full continental breakfast each morning. There’s a fitness centre for the health conscious and a business centre with conference facilities for business travellers. It’s a good choice for people who visit this incredible city for leisure or those who have business matters to attend to.

Caesar Park Rio de Janeiro Ipanema is managed by Sofitel and is one of the greatest hotels in this Rio neighbourhood. Consider staying there during your visit in May—it has many world-class facilities, ranging from quality restaurants and a gorgeous rooftop pool to a number of shops and a luxury spa and wellness centre. A stay at this hotel will be something you’ll remember for a long time.

Situated right behind Copacabana Beach, Rio’s most iconic beach and one of its star attractions, Arena Copacabana Hotel is a recommended place to stay. It has 135 rooms, divided into four categories—standard, superior, luxury and suite. While staying there, you can enjoy and use the rooftop fitness centre and sauna, lobby bar, restaurant and outdoor pool.

Things to Do

Sports enthusiasts can’t pass up the opportunity to visit the Estádio do Maracanã, the sports stadium that has hosted a variety of major events since the 1950 World Cup. One of the most iconic sports stadiums in the entire world, the stadium can be toured, although it does close for preparations in advance of big events. However, even when the stadium is closed, the onsite museum can still be visited. The museum is home to concrete footprints of some of the most famous players to have graced the pitch, and some souvenirs can be purchased. The museum also displays the changes the stadium has undergone since its opening.

May sees the city welcome the Rio Marathon; an annual event starting at Praça do Pontal at Recreio dos Bandeirantes and finishing at Aterro do Flamengo. Runners from around the world come to Rio de Janeiro in May—incidentally one of the cooler months of the year in the city—to take part in the race that travels across the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. It’s a brilliant event, whether taking part or simply spectating. For runners, there’s refreshments along the route, and a well-earned pasta dinner afterwards.

Hit the Beach

Recreio Beach lies next to Barra Beach and is a wonderful place to take advantage of the warm sea temperature—averaging 24°C. Compared to other beaches in Rio, this is a quiet and peaceful beach, not yet developed and boasting a laidback and even bohemian atmosphere. Featuring soft sands, blue water and crashing waves, Recreio Beach is popular among everyone from families to surfers. There are a couple of excellent surf spots along the beach, which are where surfing competitions take place each year.

Eating and Drinking Out

The Rio Scenarium is a city centre club with a twist—it’s suited even to those who don’t usually enjoy the nightclub scene. Based across three floors, with a hollow centre, the ground floor is ideal for those who want to enjoy a relaxed bite to eat whilst listening to the samba music this venue is famous for, while the upper floors are for those who want a bit more a of lively dance atmosphere. The menu has a touch of BBQ, Creole, and, of course, Brazilian.

For a healthy and light meal before or after going to the beach, visit Delirio Tropical, a popular eating establishment serving salads, hand-pressed juices, artisanal breads and delicious desserts, among many other goodies.

Margutta is a wonderful seafood restaurant, if you’re in the mood for that. Run by an Italian-born chef, this restaurant serves everything from pizzas to caprese salads, and from salmon carpaccio to oysters.

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