Seasons in Brazil

example of seasons in brazil: o verão do brasil é tudo de bom!

Hello guys! Today in our Dica, let’s discuss the seasons in Brazil! What is the season in Brazil right now? I’m sure you’ve heard that in Brazil, the seasons are relatively alike since we have a tropical climate. But you’ll be surprised by all the falling leaves in autumn and the not-too-hot, not-too-cold winter season! The flowers appearing and revealing their colors will certainly delight you during the spring. And finally, the summer season in Brazil, well… I think you’ve heard about it, right? We will learn to say spring, autumn, summer and winter in Portuguese. In addition to learning the seasons of the year in Portuguese, let’s discover the best places to visit throughout the seasons in Rio de Janeiro as well as in some other cities. We will learn the best time to travel to Brazil. And who knows, maybe you’d like to know about the rainy season and dry season in Brazil!

Come on, because the seasons in Brazil are waiting for you to go on a language (and tourist) excursion!

What are the seasons in Brazil?

Although some people have the idea that here it is always hot, we really have four seasons in Brazil! Brazil is a huge country and there are different climates. The south is colder, but still, the weather is quite nice there. In the north and northeast, the weather is quite similar year round, but even still, these parts of Brazil have their rainy seasons. The seasons in Brazil are the common autumn, winter, spring and summer, and they are opposite of those in the north hemisphere. What is the season in Brazil today? If you want to quickly know which season we are in, see our Brazil weather seasons calculator:

What Season is Brazil in?

Put the date and see the season in Brazil right now!:

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Let's see now how to say the seasons in Portuguese!

Seasons in Portuguese

Do you know how to say winter in Portuguese? For starters, you have to know the seasons in Portuguese, so you can understand when they take place Brazil! Seasons in Portuguese are divided in Primavera (Spring), Verão (Summer), Outono (Autumn/Fall) and Inverno (Winter). Our year begins in the summer (so Brazilian, right?). The dry season in Brazil takes place between March and November. Rainy season in Brazil is the opposite, occuring between December and February (summer). But this rainy and dry season depends on where we are located as we will see later. Learn how to say winter, spring, autumn and summer in Portuguese:

OutonoAutumn / FallMarch 21st to June 20th
InvernoWinterJune 21st to September 20th
PrimaveraSpringSeptember 21st to December 20th
VerãoSummerDecember 21st to March 20th

Now that we already know how to pronounce winter in Portuguese, let's see when our Brazil weather seasons start and where to go! Let's practice talking about seasons in Portuguese, taking a look at the Brazil seasons by month!

Outono: Autumn in Brazil

We will start our seasons in Portuguese with Autumn: Outono. From March 21st to June 20th, we have autumn, which is extremely popular because of the leaves falling to the ground. Outono is also known in Brazil as Estação das Frutas (Fruit Season) because it's harvest season and some of the most popular fruits in Brazil are easy to find during this season, such as banana, apple, and lemon. Outono is already considered part of the dry season in Brazil.

Now, let’s talk about the main holidays celebrated during outono in Brazil! The two most popular holidays this season are probably Sexta-feira Santa and Easter, which make up the Holy Week. On April 21st, we celebrate a holiday that is very related to our history as a country: Tiradentes! On 1st May, we have Dia do Trabalho, which is a holiday when all workers in Brazil have a rest day (they totally deserve it!). Finally, our last holiday for outono is Corpus Christi!

Remember, autumn is only the beginning of the dry season in Brazil! And there are also many amazing places to visit during the fall in Brazil! Let's take a look at some of them:

Chapada Diamantina

Although our country is world-renowned for its beaches, there are countless options to enjoy autumn in Brazil. This is the best season of the year, for example, to enjoy Chapada Diamantina, in Bahia, in the Northeast of Brazil, to do the famous trails and hikes that lead to unforgettable hills and waterfalls. Find out about one of the main local attractions: O Poço Encantado.

Chapada dos Veadeiros

The Brazilian dry season is also particularly good for a trip to Chapada dos Veadeiros, in Goiás, located in the Center-West region of Brazil, which is also a wonderful place for hiking and climbing. With countless waterfalls, blue skies, and sunny days, don't miss the open savanna flowers that make everything even more magical!

Ouro Preto

Another must-see in autumn is the historic city of Ouro Preto, in Minas Gerais, where colonial architecture is prevalent. You will find many cultural tours, historical churches, and the famous Minas Gerais cuisine (a cozinha mineira, sô!). One of the most delicious dishes you'll want to try is the famous pão de queijo and the most delicious Brazilian alcoholic drink, cachaça!

Jalapão

Last but not least, discover the Jalapão State Park, which is in the microregion of Jalapão in eastern Tocantins. It is during the autumn that the dry period begins, so, with the milder temperature and the super green vegetation, the landscape is even more beautiful! The best tours there are of the sand dunes, the river beaches (did you think we had forgotten the beaches?), not forgetting the waterfalls and natural pools, of course!

Inverno: Winter Season in Brazil

Seasons in Brazil. Example for winter in Portuguese: O inverno no rio não é tão frio mas temos temperaturas baixas.

Winter in Brazil takes place between June 21 and September 23. As we saw, Winter in Portuguese is called Inverno, and in Brazil, especially Rio de Janeiro, winter is a little different. We have hot weather all year long and in the Brazilian winter the temperature drops just a bit. People call it friozinho carioca and it's most definitely the best time to grab a cup of coffee and have some cakes at Confeitaria Colombo! If you want to know the best season to visit Rio de Janeiro, follow our dica about the weather in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil's winter months, from June to September, have a moderate temperature in most of the country. Rio de Janeiro winters, for example, are quite mild, with nighttime temperatures dropping as low as 19°C (66°F), and daytime temperatures climbing to 28° or 30°C (86°F). Inverno isn't part of the rainy season, but rather part of the dry season in Brazil.

Talking about holidays, on September 7th, we have our Independence Day! It’s the only national holiday we have during winter, and it's especially important to our history! This was the day when Brazil became independent from Portugal, and the Brazilian Empire began! But we also have amazing cultural parties like Festa Junina! You will discover many different and typical foods like paçoca there!

There are many other places to enjoy Brazil's winter weather. And even knowing that seasons in Brazil are not like in other countries, Rio de Janeiro in winter can offer a handful of good travel options for those who want to feel like they are really in winter 😉

Teresópolis

A little far from Rio de Janeiro (but not that far!), we have the best places to visit to enjoy the winter, such as Teresópolis, located in a mountainous region known as Região Serrana, a wonderful place to immerse in nature and great food. If you like football, Teresópolis is known as the home of the Brazil national football team, the so-called Granja Comary.

Petrópolis

Petrópolis is incredible! There, you'll find many cultural and historical tours, commonly known as the Imperial City as it was a preferred destination of the royal family in the past. For this reason, the city is full of museums, as well as ornate houses and mansions. Nevertheless, the beautiful landscapes also deserve the attention of its visitors. Try visiting Serra dos Órgãos National Park and Vale das Videiras, you'll love it!

But don't worry friends, there are many other regions of Brazil besides Rio de Janeiro for you to enjoy the real winter chill while you study in Brazil! Let's start with Gramado e Canela:

Gramado e Canela

The cities of Gramado and Canela are two classic winter destinations in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and cannot be missed from your travel itinerary in the south of our country! There is delicious cuisine (known as gaucho cuisine), and incredible tours. The region's beautiful landscapes and charming German-style architecture also delight tourists visiting the city.

Campos do Jordão

Finally, we couldn't forget the famous Campos do Jordão, also known as Brazilian Switzerland, one of the most popular destinations for Brazilians who love the freezing weather! This is where the International Winter Festival takes place, the biggest classical music festival in the country! The local cuisine is wonderful, and you will find lots of chocolate, wine, and craft beer! Try to visit its most famous sights, such as the Morro do Elefante, Belvedere and Pedra do Baú!

The winter season in Brazil might not be that cold, but it is still cold - well, just for us 😉 . So don't forget your coat!

Primavera: Flower Season in Brazil

Seasons in Brazil. Example for spring in Portuguese: A primavera no brasil é chamada de estação das flores.

From September 23 to December 21, it's Spring in Brazil, and in Spring in Portuguese is named Primavera, also known as Estação das Flores (Flowers Season), the best time to find flowers for your loved one. And we got so many holidays during this season! First, on September 27th, we have Saint Cosmas and Damian festivities: a cultural party with religious roots - but today almost everyone from any religion participates! On October 12th, we have Nossa Senhora Aparecida (but many children also celebrate Dia das Crianças on this day!). On November 2nd, we have Day of the Dead, also known as Finados (like many other cultures, it's a day to pay our respects to our departed loved ones). Still in October, on the 15th, we celebrate the Proclamation of Republic, which ended the Brazilian Empire! We also celebrate our black heritage and ancestors during Consciência Negra!

In Brazil, this season is perfect for walking around the city, being in touch with nature, and visiting many unique places, just like Jardim Botânico. But once again, there are a lot of wonderful places to visit in the spring besides Rio de Janeiro, so here are some suggestions!

Atibaia

Ah, the flower season... who doesn't love to see nature at its best? This is the best season to visit Atibaia, a Brazilian municipality in the state of São Paulo. On a ride in the cable car, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city in all its splendor. Another must-see place is the Edmundo Zanoni National Park, where you can relax and even have a picnic with your friends and family. It is also in Atibaia that Festival of Flowers and Strawberries takes place! If you like a wide range of flowers and delicious strawberries, don't miss this place!

Curitiba

Brazil has another famous Botanical Garden, located in the south of Brazil, Curitiba is the capital and largest city in the Brazilian state of Paraná. It is a city that shows its beauty through its flowers. The famous Relógio das Flores (The Flower Clock), located in the historic city center, is known for its beautiful garden that changes every season with vivid and distinct colors. This is an amazing place to learn about seasons in Portuguese!

Holambra

Holambra is a municipality in the state of São Paulo and part of the Metropolitan Region of Campinas. There you will find phenomenal cuisine and many interesting cultural activities, all inspired by Dutch heritage. But let's not forget the flowers, right? Holambra is beautiful in spring and is also the place that produces more than 45% of the flowers from Brazil.

 Verão: Hot and Rainy Season in Brazil

Seasons in Portuguese. Example for summer in Portuguese: O Verão é a melhor época para jogar Volley de praia!

Brazil's rainy season happens from December 21 to March 21, and it is summer as we saw, we say verão to refer to summer in Portuguese - the hottest and the most popular season in Brazil. Did you know our Christmas takes place in verão? New Year’s Eve occurs right after it, full of fireworks in Copacabana! Verão also has our most famous holiday in the world: Carnival! Which costume would you wear for a Carnival in Rio?

Summer in Brazil is the best time for those who enjoy the beach, tanning, playing sports outdoors, or activities altogether. Brazilian summer months are incredible and the summer in Rio de Janeiro can offer cool places to visit. Some places are a little further away from Rio and located in other states, and still worth visiting. But watch out Brazil's summer temperatures can climb up to 43°C (110°F) and is also the Brazil rainy season so bring your bathing suit and your umbrella! 😉 But Brazil is huge and different regions have different rainy seasons, later on, we will talk about when is the rainy season in Brazil for the different regions. Let's see some places to visit:

Armação dos Búzios (or just "Búzios")

With over twenty-six beaches, Búzios is one of the best places to go in summer in Rio de Janeiro and is in Região dos Lagos. This is the place to enjoy the summer season in Brazil. There, you will find the most incredible and beautiful beaches, such as Ferradura, Tartaruga, Azeda and Azedinha, Brava, Jeribá, Fernandes, Forno beach... just to name a few. Don't forget to visit the town center and Rua das Pedras Street, where you will find many delicious restaurants, Brazilian shops, bars, and, of course, lots of parties!

Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio

Another amazing place to visit during Brazil's summer months in Região dos Lagos is Arraial do Cabo and Cabo Frio, both near Búzios. These trips to Região dos Lagos are considered cheap in comparison with other destinations in Brazil. Don't forget your sunscreen and your surfboard because there are a lot of surf schools there. And if you want to learn how to surf in Rio de Janeiro, Rio & Learn can make your dream come true!

Well... Rio de Janeiro is wonderful, isn't it? Even if it's rainy season in Brazil, there is always something new to check out! Nevertheless, other cities can also present you with an amazing summer! Check out where to enjoy this season in Brazil!

Trancoso

Located in a district in the municipality of Porto Seguro in the state of Bahia, Trancoso is the place people go to relax, a retreat for those who want to get out of the big city. The grassy central square, also known as Quadrado, has architecture from the colonial period, with small and colorful houses. Just walk a few steps more and you'll be on the coast and deserted beaches. Who doesn't like to relax on an almost deserted beach? Don't miss some of its most famous beaches during your summer in Brazil like Nativos, Rio Verde, Coqueiros, Barra e Itapororoca.

Porto de Galinhas

With clear, warm waters and several natural pools, Porto de Galinhas is one of the most loved places by Brazilian tourists during summer in Brazil. Many of the beaches in Porto de Galinhas have no waves, making it the ideal destination for relaxing, diving, and swimming! Don't forget to bring your swimming goggles to enjoy this amazing place during the summer season in Brazil!

Ilhabela

Oh, boy... this place is beautiful. I bet you've never seen a place like this 😉 Located on the north coast of São Paulo, Ilhabela will provide you with peace and relaxation, full of amazing walks, beaches with clear water, and wonderful waterfalls! You can't miss its most famous beaches like Jabaquara, Feiticeira, Castelhanos e Bonete. It's like a dream come true during summer in Brazil!

Best Month to Travel to Brazil

The best month to travel to Brazil depends on the region you plan to visit and the type of experience you're seeking. Here are some recommendations based on different regions and activities:

  1. Rio de Janeiro and Southeast Coast:
    • Best Time: December to March
    • Why: This period is summer in Brazil, with warm weather perfect for enjoying the beaches and vibrant outdoor activities. However, it can be hot and humid, with occasional rain showers.
  2. Northeast Coast (Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza):
    • Best Time: September to February
    • Why: These months offer warm and sunny weather, ideal for beach vacations. The rainy season is typically from April to July, so traveling outside this period ensures better weather.
  3. Amazon Rainforest:
    • Best Time: June to September
    • Why: This is the dry season in the Amazon, making it easier to explore the rainforest and enjoy activities such as hiking and boat tours. The river levels are lower, exposing more trails and wildlife.
  4. Pantanal (Wildlife Viewing):
    • Best Time: May to September
    • Why: This period is the dry season, when wildlife congregates around water sources, making it easier to spot animals. The weather is also more pleasant for outdoor activities.
  5. South (Florianópolis, Porto Alegre):
    • Best Time: November to March
    • Why: Summer in the south brings warm weather, perfect for beach activities and exploring the cities. Winter (June to August) can be quite cold, especially in the mountainous areas.
  6. Carnival (Nationwide):
    • Best Time: February or March (dates vary each year)
    • Why: Carnival is a major cultural event in Brazil, with vibrant parades, music, and street parties. Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Recife are famous for their grand celebrations.

Considering these factors, September to March is generally a great period to visit most regions in Brazil, with the best month depending on your specific interests and destinations.

When is rainy season in Brazil?

The dry and rainy season in Brazil varies by region due to the country's diverse climate. Here's a breakdown of the rainy seasons for different regions:

  1. North Region (Amazon Rainforest):
    • Rainy Season: December to May
    • Dry Season: June to November
  2. Northeast Region:
    • Coastal Areas:
      • Rainy Season: April to July
      • Dry Season: August to March
    • Interior (Sertão):
      • Rainy Season: February to May
      • Dry Season: June to January
  3. Southeast Region (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo):
    • Rainy Season: November to March
    • Dry Season: April to October
  4. South Region (Porto Alegre, Curitiba):
    • Rainy Season: The South region does not have a distinct rainy season. Rainfall is more evenly distributed throughout the year, but it can experience increased rainfall from October to March.
  5. Central-West Region (Pantanal, Brasília):
    • Rainy Season: October to March
    • Dry Season: April to September

Understanding these regional variations can help you plan your trip to Brazil more effectively, depending on the type of weather you prefer.

Brazil Seasons by Month

We already give you a lot of tools to know the Brazil Season by Month, but if you are still lazy, see our table to see the seasons in Brazil by month:

MonthSeason
JanuarySummer
FebruarySummer
MarchSummer/Autumn
AprilAutumn
MayAutumn
JuneAutumn/Winter
JulyWinter
AugustWinter
SeptemberWinter/Spring
OctoberSpring
NovemberSpring
DecemberSpring/Summer

FAQ

How is São Paulo winter?

Winter in São Paulo, occurring from June to August, is generally mild with average high temperatures around 20-23°C (68-73°F) and lows between 10-13°C (50-55°F). While it's not uncommon for temperatures to dip below 10°C (50°F) during cold snaps, especially at night, the season remains relatively comfortable. Rainfall is less frequent in winter compared to the summer months, but occasional cold fronts can bring showers and breezy conditions, making the air feel cooler and drier. Daylight hours are shorter, adding to the overall cooler and more subdued atmosphere of the city during this season. Warm clothing is advisable, particularly for the cooler evenings and early mornings.

How is São Paulo summer?

Summer in São Paulo, from December to March, is warm and humid, with average high temperatures ranging from 28-30°C (82-86°F) and nighttime lows around 19-21°C (66-70°F). This season is characterized by frequent afternoon and evening thunderstorms, often accompanied by heavy rain, lightning, and sometimes hail. These storms can provide a brief respite from the otherwise consistent heat and humidity. Despite the rain, summer days in São Paulo are typically long and sunny, making it a lively time for outdoor activities and events. Light, breathable clothing is recommended to stay comfortable in the warm and humid conditions.

When is Brazil's high season?

Brazil's high season for tourism typically coincides with the country's summer months and major holidays. The primary high season periods are:
December to February: This period encompasses the summer season, school vacations, and major holidays like Christmas and New Year's. The weather is warm and ideal for beach activities, attracting both domestic and international tourists.
Carnival: Carnival is one of Brazil's most famous and significant events, usually occurring in February or March (the dates vary each year). Cities like Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Recife host grand celebrations, parades, and street parties, drawing large crowds from around the world.
July: Although it is winter in Brazil, July is a peak travel month due to the mid-year school vacations. Many families travel during this time, particularly to destinations with mild winter weather or unique festivals.
During these high-season periods, popular tourist destinations can be crowded, and prices for accommodations and flights may be higher. It's advisable to book in advance if you plan to visit Brazil during these times.

That's it, guys! Now you know all about Seasons in Portuguese in Brazil, and the best month to travel to Brazil. Can you differentiate spring, summer, autumn and winter - in Brazil? What place do you think you will visit the next time you come to Brazil? Would you prefer to visit Brazil during dry or rainy season? Is your country like Brazil, dry and rainy seasons occurring in the same months?

Can you remember how to say summer and winter in Portuguese? Why not study Portuguese while enjoying the best that Brazil can offer in its different seasons? Sounds great, right? See you in our next Portuguese lesson! Also, don't forget to like us on Facebook!

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