10 Jun 2014

An awful lot of weather in Brazil – infographic

Weather Presenter

All eyes will be on England’s team in the coming weeks as they face some testing matches in Brazil. But the weather will provide its own challenges too – so what can they expect?

Brazil is a huge country, spanning around 2,500 miles north to south, across a number of climatic zones.

Most of the country lies within the tropics, stretching from the equator to the Tropic of Capricorn. In the far south of the country the climate moderates somewhat, and is in a temperate zone.

This means that a range of weather is experienced across the country, with conditions for a significant portion of the population influenced by altitude, ocean winds or weather fronts.

As a result, the weather in the southern cities can vary a lot, depending on wind direction and where the air is coming from.

Northerly winds from the tropics can bring high humidity, whereas winds off the Atlantic ocean can bring a cool breeze and low cloud.

Liam Dutton reports on the weather for Channel 4 News

High humidity

However, in the large portion of the country that is tropical, especially towards the equator, the temperature doesn’t vary much through the year, with humidity often high.

It is for this reason that England’s first match in Manaus will prove particularly challenging, with high temperature and humidity that will put an added strain on players’ stamina.

The matches taking place in Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte will offer temperature and humidity levels that will be more manageable, but even in these locations, temperatures can approach 30C.