More Rain Around Recife for Weekend World Cup Play
As the World Cup returns to flood-ravaged Recife, Brazil, this weekend for "Round of 16" play, so will rain.
Torrential rain on Thursday soaked Arena Pernambuco for the pivotal match between the United States and Germany and triggered flooding around the city of Recife.
While sunshine will bring welcome drying on Friday, tropical moisture streaming in from the Atlantic Ocean will trigger more showers around Recife this weekend.
A couple of showers will be around before and during Sunday's match between Costa Rica and Greece.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists will continue to monitor the potential for a repeat of Thursday's prolonged heavy rain to unfold. At this time, it does not appear that another weather disturbance similar to the one that helped enhance Thursday's rainfall will be present on Sunday.
However, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Rob Miller cautioned that any of Sunday's showers could unleash downpours with tropical moisture in place.
The downpours threaten to cause travel delays, as well as localized flash flooding. That is especially true with the ground overly saturated in the wake of Thursday's rain.
The showers could also once again wet the field at Arena Pernambuco and slow down play.
Even if Sunday's showers avoid the stadium, players will be forced to deal with oppressive humidity during the entire 90 minutes of the match.
While dry weather dominates, higher humidity is the main weather concern at the first couple of Round of 16 matches scheduled in Rio de Janeiro Saturday afternoon and Fortaleza on Sunday. Above-normal warmth with temperatures in the lower 80s F (upper 20s C) to start the match will add to the discomfort for players in Rio de Janeiro.
An unusually warm late June day is also shaping up in Belo Horizonte for the matchup between Brazil and Chile early Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will be in the lower 80s F (upper 20s C).
A high of 75 F (24 C) is more common this time of year in both Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte.
The weather otherwise in Belo Horizonte will feature low humidity and plenty of sunshine.