Building Heat Wave in Rio de Janeiro

By Dave Samuhel, Meteorologist
January 26, 2014; 1:14 AM ET
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An extended stretch of extreme heat started to take hold on Brazil's second largest city. AccuWeather RealFeel temperatures soared to nearly 110 degrees Friday and Saturday.

"It's not the heat, it's the humidity" That is a quote heard many times a summer in the U.S. But, it is also holding true across Rio. The dew point temperatures will be in the middle to upper 70s for the foreseeable future.

A ridge of high pressure will be centered right over the city for the next week. This will send daily temperatures soaring into the 90s. But, overnight lows will be very uncomfortable. Several nights over the next week will not see temperatures reach below 80.

People sunbathe on Leblon beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Tuesday was the second hottest day of the year in Rio, where temperatures as high as 40.7 Celsius, or 105.2 Fahrenheit, were recorded. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Hot weather affected Brazil earlier this month. Strong thunderstorms brought a temporary end to the heat last week. Lightning associated with these storms struck the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

This go around, it will be a while before any thunderstorms affect Rio. The ridge of high pressure is expected to keep the stormy weather further south. Unfortunately lightning associated with these storms struck the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

These same places will remain stormy in the coming days as the pattern will be slow to change with the high pressure around.


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