Three World Cup matches are set to take place across Brazil on Friday. A combination of rain and heat could play a role in the eventual outcomes.
The first match of the day, between Mexico and Cameroon, will take place in the tropical climate of Natal. A steady rain throughout the match with occasional downpours will lead to deteriorating field conditions as the match progresses.
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 other match taking place in Salvador, will also feature an oppressive combination of heat and humidity as Spain battles Netherlands. A stray shower can also occur, but rainfall will be spotty, unlike the earlier game in Natal.
World Cup officials are ready to issue heat breaks during matches in the tropical locations of Brazil if needed, according to Yahoo Sports.
FIFA stated that 3 minute heat breaks can be issued around the 30th and 75th minute at the referees discretion.
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.
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Sandra has weakened to a tropical storm but remains on track to make landfall in western Mexico with flooding rainfall on Saturday.
Heavy thunderstorms will continue to shift northward across central South America with the greatest threat for flooding focusing on northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay into Saturday morning.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential for significant flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Snow and ice storms have taken aim at the Central U.S. this week, while record-setting Sandra strengthened into a major hurricane south of Mexico.
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Famous "Portland" storm formed off Cape Cod with loss of 200 lives. Many others were lost to the raging sea in 50 small vessels. A total of 27 inches of snow in New London, CT; 15 inches at Waterbury, CT. Peak wind was 72 mph in Boston. Boston received more than a foot of snow.
Second heavy snowfall in three days hits the region with 12 inches on the ground in NJ; 14 inches in NY; greatest November snow in New England since 1898.
Nation devastated by terrible floods -- 400 people killed.