RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On one of the hottest days of the year, the official opening of Carnaval took place in Copacabana. On Saturday, January 11th, the Rio Heat Index hit 55° and on Sunday, January 12th, it was similar. Hot and humid, and different from the unseasonable cold and rainy weather that Rio de Janeiro has been experiencing over the last month or two.

The official opening of Carnival was organised by . . .

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