World Cup 2014

12 June - 13 July - How will Brazil's weather impact the world's football teams as they compete to win the 2014 World Cup?

Check our infographic for the latest forecast for England's games in Group D, and our video to find out how Brazil's climate is likely impact the world's footballers as they meet in Brazil.

World Cup 2014

The World Cup will start with a lavish opening ceremony at the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo on Thursday 12 June at 15.15. Immediately after, Croatia will take on the host nation Brazil as the opening game kicks off at 21.00 BST.

There will then be 64 matches in Brazil, with 32 different countries competing for the coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy. 

The final will be played at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday 13 July. For complete group listings download our  World Cup 2014 Wall Chart groups scores World Cup 2014 Wall Chart (PDF, 223 kB) and keep track of all the scores.

Brazil's climate

The fifth largest country in the world, Brazil sees large variation in climatic conditions and is the only country in the world that lies on both the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn.

The country is split into four distinct climatic regions:

The Amazon Basin  

  • Rainfall in some places can exceed 2,000 mm - there is no real dry season.
  • Tropical temperatures of 27-32 °C are typical.
  • Daytime temperatures of 38 °C are rare, but the high humidity and monotony of the temperatures can make conditions very unpleasant.

The Brazilian plateau

  • A very distinct wet season, with almost all the rainfall, about 1,500 mm/60, falling between October and April.
  • The dry northeast of the region has a much lower average rainfall and is also very irregular from year to year, causing prolonged droughts.
  • The tropical east coast, including Rio de Janeiro, has a typically hot tropical climate.

Coastlands within the tropics

  • Near the Amazon mouth all months are wet, but the greatest rainfalls occur from December to May when in excess of 300 mm/12" per month can fall.
  • Nowhere on this coast do maximum temperatures rise so high as to be uncomfortable, but the combination of warmth and high humidity can be unpleasant at night.
  • Daytime heat is often tempered by sea breezes, but temperatures never drop very low.

The southern states

  • The southern states have a warm temperate climate, although inland areas in the far south can be prone to occasional frosts.
  • Winter has a real significance in this region, and the difference between the seasons is determined by temperature rather than rainfall.
  • The area is often affected by invasions of cold air from the Antarctic, but during summer, temperatures can rise to levels similar to the tropical regions.

He is correct in that it is the interior and not the coast which would be more prone to frosts but the whole of Brazil is mostly subtropical so really only inland areas in the far south would be prone to occasional frosts.

The 12 host stadiums are spread from the Amazon Basin in the north, all the way down to the southern states as shown below.

Brazil's World Cup stadiums Brazil's World Cup stadiums

Water breaks

With concern over how extreme levels of humidity and high temperatures may impact players, especially in the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, FIFA has agreed that extra water breaks and cold towels will be provided when necessary. This will be decided on a case by case basis before each game by a team of medical health professionals. It is believed that these breaks will be for three or four minutes for every half an hour of football played when they are in place.

Last updated: 27 June 2014