Averages for Rio de Janeiro in October

Despite being known as a luxury resort with 5-star hotels lining the beachfront, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is also a “real” place. However, while the Brazilian slums may get a bad reputation, those in Rio are anything but poor shanty towns. In fact, the city’s favelas are one of the main tourist destinations in the city, as visitors flock to get a raw glimpse of Brazil away from the urban developments. October is considered to be a month of transition—a month that...

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Averages for Rio de Janeiro in October

  Temperature 23°C

73°F

Low Temperature 20°C

68°F

  High Temperature 26°C

79°F

  Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 25 %
  Rainfall 88mm
  Rainfall days 13 days
  Chance of Rain 40 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 50 %
  Sea Temperature 23°C

73°F

Averages for Rio de Janeiro in October

Despite being known as a luxury resort with 5-star hotels lining the beachfront, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is also a “real” place. However, while the Brazilian slums may get a bad reputation, those in Rio are anything but poor shanty towns. In fact, the city’s favelas are one of the main tourist destinations in the city, as visitors flock to get a raw glimpse of Brazil away from the urban developments. October is considered to be a month of transition—a month that is characterised by increasing temperatures and rainfall levels, as the weather moves from the mild winter season toward the hot, humid and wet summer season.

With temperatures ranging between 20°C at night and 26°C in the afternoon, October (almost) marks the true start of the warmer summer months in the city, with great weather lasting roughly through March. Both those nighttime and afternoon temperatures tend to increase by about two degrees each in the course of the month. The average temperature, overall, is 23°C this month, a one-degree rise since the previous couple of months. The sea temperature, too, rises by one degree and now averages 23°C, the same as the air temperature.

The fog which has been common over the summer starts to ease off a little, although the city does experience heavy periods of mist year-round, and precipitation levels remain relatively moderate. The total amount of rainfall is 88mm, making this the sixth driest month of the year. There are 13 days with precipitation. The probability that any type of rainfall occurs rises from 45% to 50% in the course of October. Light rain is still the most common type, occurring on 41% of those 13 wet days. Moderate rain, drizzle and thunderstorms are likely as well, respectively observed on 22%, 19% and 18% of the days with rainfall.

Cloud cover reaches its annual maximum of 88% this month and doesn’t vary all that much. This is the main cause for the minimal number of sunshine hours in October. There are 5 hours of sunshine per day on average—September days are also quite cloudy and have the same number.

Where to Stay

Just two blocks from the world famous Copacabana beach is Augusto’s Copacabana. During your stay in October, you can enjoy the hotel’s leisure area complete with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and gym, which offers panoramic views over the city and the beach, while the sauna provides the ultimate relaxation spot. All 102 rooms come complete with private facilities, air-conditioning and minibar, as well as all the usual mod cons.

Hotel views over Rio de Janeiro

Panoramic views over Rio de Janeiro, Augusto's Copacabana.

The Sheraton Barra Rio de Janeiro Hotel is a well-rated accommodation right on the beachfront of Barra da Tijuca Beach. In addition to this ideal location, the hotel also has a sauna, pool, fitness centre, spa, room service and restaurant.

Housed in an old colonial building, the Santa Teresa Hotel is one of the city’s most historic accommodations. Featuring beautiful gardens and old architecture, this is a popular venue for events and celebrations, such as weddings. Amenities include a swimming pool, restaurant, spa, bar and barbecue facilities.

Things to Do

October brings with it Children’s Day, although in Rio de Janeiro, the entire month of October is dedicated to children, with events popping up all over the city. Therefore, this is a great time to travel with children, and an excellent time to take them to the Jardim Zoológico; the zoo gardens. The zoo has a large collection of animals, including hippos, lions, giraffes and kangaroos. It’s sure to be a hit with both the young and the young at heart.

Childrens Day celebrations in October Rio de Janeiro

October is dedicated to children with lots of celebrations in Rio de Janeiro.

The Museu Histórico Nacional, the National History Museum, is a good place for understanding Rio de Janeiro and learning about its importance within Brazil, both now and in the past. Established in 1922, the museum has steadily built its collection of Brazilian history, and now boasts a collection of more than 340,000 items and artefacts, making it one of the largest history museums in South America. This is one of the most important museums in all of Brazil—an absolutely recommended place to visit during one of the October rain showers.

Hit the Beach

Located in the western part of Rio de Janeiro, Recreio Beach is a perfect place to enjoy the warm weather and 23°C-warm sea water in October. It lies in the Barra da Tijuca district, which has only recently started to become developed—there are no skyscrapers as of yet, which gives it a still-laidback atmosphere. The beach features two popular surfing spots, located at Canto do Recreio and Posto 10. Surfing competitions are held there on an annual basis, while surfing schools can teach you how to ride the waves. The beach is not only popular among surfers, though, for families with children and sunbathers can be found on the sand as well. A nearby skate park makes it popular among youngsters, while the promenade is always filled with cyclists, runners and walkers

Eating and Drinking Out

Located in the Barra shopping district, Zuka is a popular restaurant with a varied menu. For light snacks, the menu offers up Italian cold meat platters and salads, while for the hungrier visitor there’s filet mignon, risotto, prime rib, and hamburgers, all cooked in typical Brazilian style. This cosy place is especially known for its cocktails and after-dinner treats.

Porcão is a restaurant with locations in a few places in Rio—in Flamengo Park, Barra da Tijuca and Ipanema—and serves various types of barbecued meat. This steakhouse is one of the very best in the city, famous for its Rodizio-style all-you-can-eat menus, including huge skewers of pork, beef, mutton and/or chicken.

For seafood, head to Siri Mole & Cia Restaurante. The restaurant takes its name from a typical Brazilian species of soft-shell crab, which is a signature dish. Its menu features mouth-watering dishes, such as mussels and crab legs steamed in broth, and the delicious fish stew known as moqueca, made with coconut milk, orange palm oil and a variety of seafood.

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