June can be one of the best times to visit Brazil, with its festivals and mild temperatures in many parts of the country. Kids are still in school and there are not as many crowds in the more popular tourist destinations as in there will be in July.
Weather in Brazil in June
In certain regions of Brazil, mainly the hilly areas of the Southeast, the Center-West, and part of the South, June is usually a time of dry and sunny weather.
On the northeastern coast, June is rainier than the summer months, but enjoyable nevertheless.
In southern and southeastern Brazil, temperatures might drop below the 30s, especially at night. It might snow in the mountain ranges of Santa Catarina.
On the coast, roughly northward from Rio de Janeiro, expect pleasant temperatures. The closer to the south you go, the greater is the possibility of feeling cold on the beach - but it could also be warm, on any given day.
June Holidays in Brazil
Corpus Christi is a national holy day of obligation (meaning Christians are expected to attend Mass) in Brazil. It's celebrated the Thursday after Trinity Sunday (which is the Sunday after the Pentecost). Banks and other businesses are closed on this date.
June 12 is Dia dos Namorados, aka Valentine's Day, in Brazil. The date was created in the mid-1940s as a way to stimulate shopping. However, it expands on much older folk traditions.
On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day (see below), a patron saint of marriages, people who wanted to marry used to go about a series of playful routines related to that end. For example, a girl could write the names of three possible matches on little pieces of paper and leave them under her pillow all night.
The man whose name she drew in the morning would be her future husband.
Unlike Valentine's Day, when friends and family members exchange cards, Dia dos Namorados is an exclusively romantic date.
June Events in Brazil
Festas Juninas, a tradition inherited from Portugal, festas juninas, takes place all over the country. The parties celebrate St. Anthony (June 13), St. John the Baptist (June 24), and St. Peter (June 29), with plenty of ethnic food and music alongside traditional Catholic celebrations.
Best Places to Visit in Brazil in June
If you find very high temperatures oppressive, try visiting the beaches in Northeast Brazil. At Recife, Natal, Fortaleza and other northeastern coastal attractions in June it is still sunny most of the time, but not as hot as in January, for example. And when it's cloudy, it's still often beach weather: warm, yet pleasant.
From May to September, the waters that flood most of the largest wetlands area on the planet, Pantanal Mato-Grossense, recede, making it easier to sight land fauna.
By June, enough rain has fallen to form the unique ponds that dot Brazil's most intriguing sand dune region, Lencóis Maranhenses National Park, in the northern state of Maranhão.
June is the ideal time to dive in the clear streams of Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, the best sustainable tourism destination in Brazil.
Dry weather in the hilly areas of Brazil makes June a wonderful time to go hiking, stay in cozy inns, light a fireplace at night, or go climbing. By June, some of the country's best destinations for climbers in Brazil, such as Serra dos Órgãos National Park, have officially declared open their climbing season.