So far the World Cup has seen its fair share of water. Whether it falls from the sky during intense downpours or rolls off the skin in the often oppressive humidity, players are quickly becoming used to being soaked.
As much as 3.11 inches (79 mm) of rain fell on Friday at the airport in Natal, Brazil, when Mexico opened against Cameroon. Another 2.95 inches (75 mm) on Saturday. There were even reports of flooding and evacuations before the rain came to a close Saturday night.
The U.S. opening match in Natal Monday will feature partly cloudy skies, temperatures near 80 F (27 C) and only the slight chance for a shower as they battle Ghana at 6 p.m. More importantly, humidity will be quite high as the city of Natal sits just 6 degrees south of the Equator.
Ghana definitely has the advantage when it come to this kind of weather, as the climate there is similar to that of Natal. Two other matches will also take place on Monday, along with similar weather.
The first match will feature Germany at Portugal in Salvador at 12 p.m. The weather should be mostly cloudy and there will be a chance for showers, along with temperatures near 80 F (27 C).
The second match will be held in Curitiba at 3 p.m., when Iran will face Nigeria. This match will be the hottest of the day as the temperature will be near 87 F (31 C). There will be plenty of bubbling clouds in the sky, and with them will come the risk for more local downpours.