Lastest Weather information for the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics

  • Forecast for cloud cover over the next few days across Rio. Image: MeteoGroup.

    Forecast for rainfall over the next few days across Rio. Image: MeteoGroup.

    Rio de Janeiro on a sunny day. Photo: Mauro Pimentel/PA Wire.

  • Lastest Weather information for the start of the Rio 2016 Olympics
    04.08.2016 12:45

    The time has almost arrived when the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro officially begins. The torch relay has been completed and has arrived in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the opening ceremony tomorrow (Friday 5th August). So let’s have a look at the latest weather conditions that the athletes and ticket holders are likely to experience over the next few days.

    Despite the official opening ceremony being on Friday 5th August at 8pm local time (Sat, 6th August at 00:00 in the UK), some events are already taking place. Yesterday seen the first round matches of Women’s football tournament begin. Today will see the Men’s football tournament start with the first round matches taking place all over Brazil including Brasilia, Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and São Paulo. The weather for Brasilia is to remain dry and fine with warm sunny spells and maximum temperatures reaching around 26C which is around normal for this time of year. Both, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo should also remain largely fine, although there will be the risk of the odd shower. Temperatures will peak at around 25C. Salvador is more likely to see showers, these potentially heavy later in the afternoon as is Manaus where some locally heavy and thundery showers are possible. Salvador will see temperatures around 27C, while in Manaus temperatures will soar to 33C.

    However, the main event which is the official opening ceremony tomorrow evening will take place at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The weather looks set to remain dry with plenty of late sunshine. Temperatures will reach up to 28C during the day, but will cool down to around 22C for when the ceremony begins.

    Looking ahead to the weather over the weekend and it is expected to be mainly dry and sunny, but warmer than normal with temperatures in Rio de Janeiro soaring to 31C by Sunday.  However, a cold front will be moving northwards next week bringing showery rain by around mid week. This will cause temperatures to drop to around the seasonal average of 26C early next week before falling below normal and only reaching around 22C on Thursday, once the cold front clears. There is some uncertainty as to when this cold front will arrive next week, but you can keep update with all the latest information at

    By: Claire Austin