More Rain Around Recife for Sunday World Cup Play

By , Senior Meteorologist
June 29, 2014; 4:15 AM ET
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As the World Cup returns to flood-ravaged Recife, Brazil, on Sunday 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.

In 12 hours spanning Thursday morning and early afternoon, the city's airport recorded 1.65 inches (42 mm).

Additional tropical moisture streaming in from the Atlantic Ocean will trigger more showers around Recife through this weekend. Showers will be around before and during Sunday's match between Costa Rica and Greece. meteorologists will continue to monitor the potential for a repeat of Thursday's prolonged heavy rain to unfold. Meteorologist Rob Miller cautioned that any of Sunday's showers could unleash downpours with the 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.

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The showers could also once again wet the field at Arena Pernambuco and slow down play.

A stray, yet drenching shower could also come at an inopportune time for the match between the Netherlands and Mexico at Fortaleza earlier Sunday afternoon.

Even if Sunday's showers avoid the stadiums in Recife and Fortaleza, players will be forced to deal with oppressive humidity during the entire 90 minutes of the match.

The threat of showers for Sunday's games comes after a dry Saturday to start "Round of 16" play.

The above temperatures are Sunday's high, which is a good indication of what the temperature will be during the game in Fortaleza. Temperatures in Recife will fall into the upper 70s F (25-26 C) by the end of the game.

Looking ahead to Monday's matches, plenty of sun will shine on Brasilia where France will take on Nigeria early in the afternoon. Morning rain and clouds should depart Porto Alegre before the match between Germany and Algeria later Monday.

Tuesday's match between Argentina and Switzerland should also feature a good deal of sunshine, while spotty showers may dampen Salvador as the United States takes on Belgium.


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