World Cup Weather - A Quick Glance at Brazilian Climate
UPDATED June 23, 2014
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, Julie Gaddy
The biggest international football competition -- the World Cup -- is currently underway in Brazil. Similar to the Olympics, the World Cup is played every four years and features 32 teams divided into eight groups. After round-robin play, the top two teams from each group advance to a knockout round tournament to determine the champion. The final game takes place on Sunday, July 13.
But enough about the games, let`s talk about the weather in Brazil! Brazil is the largest and most-populous country in South America, stretching from just north of the equator southward more than 2,500 miles. Although the Southern Hemisphere will be entering the beginning of winter during the tournament, temperatures across Brazil will be fairly mild.
Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and all of South America. It has a population of nearly 20 million residents, similar to New York City. Average high temperatures are close to 70 degrees this time of year, with average lows in the comfortable mid 50s. June and July are two of the driest months of the year.
Fortaleza, Natal and Recife are the easternmost venues, with all three cities located along the northeastern Atlantic Coast of Brazil. All three locations are typically warm and humid, even in the winter. High temperatures range in the lower-to-mid 80s, while average lows are in the lower 70s. June and July are part of the wet season in northern Brazil, with Recife receiving 15 inches on average during the month of June. A rain poncho would be a good item to bring along when going out to these games.
Porto Alegre, the southernmost venue which is located about 700 miles southwest of Rio de Janeiro, has average highs in the mid-to-upper 60s and average lows in the lower 50s. June and July are also relatively wet months, with average precipitation totaling near 10 inches. Curitiba, a host city that is located about 350 miles north of Porto Alegre, is just a bit cooler with average highs in the mid 60s and average lows in the mid 40s. You might want to bring a light jacket for the evening games.
By contrast, the northernmost venue of Manaus is quite warm. Average highs are in the upper 80s and average lows are in the lower 70s. This spot is far removed from the other venues, with the next nearest one being in Cuiaba which is nearly 900 miles to the south. Cuiaba is a small host city located just over 800 miles northwest of Sao Paulo. It is quite warm during the daytime with average highs in the upper 80s. There is a bit less humidity in the air though, which allows low temperatures to average in the lower 60s. Keep in mind that these are just averages. Afternoon temperatures can easily soar into the mid-to-upper 90s in both of these locations, so be sure to drink plenty of water.
By the time the final match is played in Rio de Janeiro in mid-July, average high temperatures there will still be in the mid 70s and average lows in the mid 60s. Hopefully the final will feature not only beautiful weather, but the best of the "beautiful game" that Brazil is legendary for.
So who`s going to win this year`s World Cup? Your guess is just as good as anyone else`s!
Story Image: Sugarloaf Mountain and the iconic "Christ the Redeemer" Statue lie in the backdrop of these popular soccer fields in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Felipe Dana, AP)
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