The United States and Germany will face off in a pivotal World Cup Match in Recife early Thursday afternoon, but rain threatens to impact the results.
Both teams are hoping to advance to the round of 16, and weather is expected to be a factor in the outcome of the game.
A surge of tropical moisture has caused the weather to turn increasingly wet around Recife as spotty showers on Tuesday gave way to a steadier rain by Thursday morning.
Occasional rain and drizzle will persist right through the match.
"With all the rain that has fallen in the last day or two, field conditions will be muddy and wet for the match Thursday afternoon, which could slow down play," stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Rob Miller.
Miller estimates that Recife has received between 1 to 1.50 inches (25 to 40 mm) of rain since Tuesday.
Another potential impact will be the oppressive humidity which will take a toll on the athletes as they play through another 90 minutes in a tropical climate.
While the United States and Germany match will have several weather factors, the other three matches on Thursday are expected to be played in dry and seasonable conditions.