Three World Cup matches are set to take place across Brazil on Friday. Although rain is not expected to be a big issue, the combination of heat and humidity could play a major role in the outcomes.
The first match of the day, between Mexico and Cameroon, will take place in the tropical climate of Natal. Temperatures during the match are expected to be in the lower 80s F (upper 20s C). Those temperatures combined with high dew points will result in AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures climbing to near 90 F (32 C) during the match.
The final match of the day, taking place in Cuiaba between Chile and Australia, could also be impacted by the heat. Temperatures will still be in the upper 80s F (near 30 C) when the match starts, before cooling off throughout the duration of the match.
This type of heat and humidity can prove challenging even for trained athletes and can result in cramping and dehydration.
The third match of the day, taking place in Salvador, will feature lower temperatures as Spain battles Netherlands. While temperatures will not be an issue, showers can dampen the field at times.
Heat and humidity will continue to play a major role in upcoming games as teams travel from more temperate climates into the tropical climates of western and northern Brazil.