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    Warmth, More Downpours for World Cup Monday

    By by Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist
    June 17, 2014, 5:39:26 AM EDT

    So far the World Cup has seen its fair share of water. Whether it falls from the sky during intense downpours or rolls off the skin in the often oppressive humidity, players are quickly becoming used to being soaked.

    As much as 3.11 inches (79 mm) of rain fell on Friday at the airport in Natal, Brazil, when Mexico opened against Cameroon. Another 2.95 inches (75 mm) on Saturday. There were even reports of flooding and evacuations before the rain came to a close Saturday night.


    The U.S. opening match in Natal Monday will feature partly cloudy skies, temperatures near 80 F (27 C) and a few showers as they battle Ghana at 6 p.m. A few downpours can not be ruled out. More importantly, humidity will be quite high as the city of Natal sits just 6 degrees south of the Equator.

    Ghana definitely has the advantage when it come to this kind of weather, as the climate there is similar to that of Natal.


    The first match of the day will feature Germany and Portugal in Salvador at 12 p.m. The weather should be mostly cloudy and there will be a chance for showers, along with temperatures near 80 F (27 C).

    The second match will be held in Curitiba at 3 p.m., when Iran will face Nigeria. Temperatures will not be a concern as the high will approach 73 F (23 C ) with partial sunshine. There could however be a passing thundershower.

    Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.

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