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All sampling points showed the presence of relatively low numbers of TC with higher concentrations in Ipanema beach, notably in November. Meteorological data are presented in Table 4.

Table 4

Meteorological data recorded for the 2 weeks preceding the sample collections during the period of November 2011 to April 2012. Source: 8° Meteorology District – Inmet, Porto Alegre, Brazil

 NovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruaryMarchApril
Precipitation (mm) 6.5 18.7 110.2 27.70 4.8 25.10 
Maximum temperature (°C) 29.7 30.8 25.1 31.9 31.1 26.5 
Minimum temperature (°C) 17.8 18.2 22.2 18.1 17.2 18.3 
Relative humidity (%) 72 86 79 68 78 92 
 NovemberDecemberJanuaryFebruaryMarchApril
Precipitation (mm) 6.5 18.7 110.2 27.70 4.8 25.10 
Maximum temperature (°C) 29.7 30.8 25.1 31.9 31.1 26.5 
Minimum temperature (°C) 17.8 18.2 22.2 18.1 17.2 18.3 
Relative humidity (%) 72 86 79 68 78 92 

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