Location and climate

Location of tropical rainforest climate

Rainforest

Tropical rainforests are found near the Equator. Places which experience a tropical rainforest climate include parts of:

  • Central America, eg Costa Rica
  • South America, eg Brazil
  • Central Africa, eg Kenya
  • South-East Asia, eg Borneo

Watch this video to find out more about tropical rainforest climate.

Rainforest processes - Costa Rica

Description of the tropical rainforest climate

Igua in the Iguazu river on the border of Brazil and Argentina

Rainforests are located in the tropical climate region. They are hot and wet all year round – this creates a humid climate.

The annual rainfall is high as it rains almost every day. The temperatures are constant all year round – the temperature range is usually only a few degrees. There are no seasons.

The climate graph shows average rainfall and temperatures in Manaus, located in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The highest monthly rainfall is in March with over 300 mm and the lowest rainfall occurs in August with under 50 mm.

Temperatures vary little throughout the year. The highest monthly temperature is 29°C which occurs in September. The lowest monthly temperature is 26°C which occurs in December and January. The annual temperature range is 2°C.

Equatorial Region: Manaus, BrazilTropical region - Manaus, Brazil