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Could rain play a factor in Sunday’s World Cup finale?

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The World Cup’s finale is coming up on Sunday between Germany and Argentina at the world-famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and any U.S. fan will remember pouring rains came down in their 1-0 loss to the Germans during the two sides’ showdown in the northern Brazilian city of Recife a little over two weeks ago.

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But the good news is that no rains appear likely for Sunday’s title game (it starts at 3:00 pm ET, noon PT), and weather, with temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s, won’t play a factor at all. May the best team – and not most weather-adaptable – win! There’s a chance of a shower, but it doesn’t look too likely, and it certainly doesn’t look anything more than a quick shower at most.

Rio de Janeiro is in the middle of its winter, meaning milder temperatures (Rio’s average July high is a delightful 77 degrees) and low rainfall (Rio averages just six days of rain over the month of July) make it a gorgeous setting for a soccer match. The rainy season – and trust me, it is rainy – falls from December through March in Rio, so we should be in the clear.

Enjoy the match, and if you’re not a soccer fan, enjoy your weekend (looks terrific in the Northeast for Saturday and the West coast all weekend long)!

Meteorologist and soccer fan Chris Bianchi

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