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The weather and climate in Brazil are quite varied due to its large size. The country has five main climatic zones. While some areas are typically hot all year round, others are more subject to seasonal variations.
São Paulo and Brasília are situated on a plateau, enjoying mild weather and average temperatures that are in the 70°F (20°C) range. Coastal regions and cities, like Rio de Janeiro, have warmer climates. Temperatures in Rio can reach close to 100°F (40°C) in summer. Expats should stay hydrated and indoors on especially hot days. The yearly average is a pleasant 80°F (26°C).
The subtropical climate in the south means that summers are hot and winters can get slightly chilly. Temperatures from July to August can drop below freezing. Expats may occasionally find themselves waking up to morning frost.
The Amazon Basin experiences warm and wet weather all year round. It is known for incredibly high levels of humidity. The temperature tends to hover around 90°F (32°C). The Equatorial Amazon gets a lot of rain from November to May. June and October are the best times to travel to this region, as they are the driest months. Expats will definitely need to pack a raincoat.
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