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What you need to know about São Gonçalo

São Gonçalo  is a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. It is on northeastern Guanabara Bay in the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area. It is located at 22° 49? 37? S, 43° 3? 14? W at an altitude of 19 metres (62 feet) above sea level. Its population in 2009 is 1,010,212 inhabitants, being the second most populous city in the state after the capital.

 

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Climate

The type of climate of São Gonçalo is Atlantic tropical, with rainy summers and relatively dry winters. Temperatures vary throughout the year on and can have a maximum up to 40 °C (104 °F) in summer, and a minimum close to 10 °C (50 °F) during winter. Generally, temperatures range between the maximum of 25 to 35 °C (77 to 95 °F) and minimum 14 to 24 °C (57 to 75 °F). But for the most part of the year, i.e. from May to October, the temperature is milder because the climate is drier and less hot.

Health

São Gonçalo has the following hospitals: Hospital Estadual Alberto Torres; Eye Hospital Niteroi; Hospital Luiz Palmier; Hospital Adam Pereira Nunes; Barone Hospital de Medeiros; Silveira Hospital Infantil Darcy Vargas, Hospital Pads, Hospital Santa Maria.

Notable residents

São Gonçalo was the birthplace of Zélio Fernandino de Moraes, founder of the Umbanda Branca religious sect.
Vinícius Júnior, a professional footballer who currently plays for Real Madrid, was also born here.
Ulisses Alves da Silveira, a professional footballer who plays for CR Vasco da Gama, was born here