Countdown to the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil runs

Very soon, the football World Cup in Brazil, we are all waiting for eagerly, will begin. But one important factor shouldn’t be forgotten: The changing and physically demanding climate of the biggest state in South America. Therefore, the venues are equipped with Lufft weather stations and thus well prepared for all weather conditions. More about the problems with the Brazilian climate, and how these can be handled, you will find in this blog post …

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There are only a few weeks until the first games of the 2014 World Cup will held. At twelve venues the best football teams in the entire world will meet. On 16th June 2014 the German national team will play their first match against Portugal. In the group G there are also the opposing teams of Ghana and the United States. Looking at the current game balance Germany is considered as the clear favorite in this group. But in addition to the performances, the DFB team should prepare for another important factor: the variable and physically demanding Brazilian climate.

Brazil has a size of over 8.5 million square kilometers and is the largest country in South America. With the vast rainforests of the Amazon in the north and the high plateaus and mountains in the south, different climate conditions apply to this land. It generally has a tropical climate with high humidity. In the north there are usually extensive rainfalls whereas in the south commonly found sections with intense heat and droughts. In addition to these distinctive differences also in some regions numerous of microclimates are existing. Within a radius of a few kilometers it can rain while the sun shines.

What does this mean for the upcoming Soccer World Cup?

The climatic conditions and the weather must be accurately monitored. Reliable predictions for the game days must be taken, however, to inform the players, spectators and the Brazilians themselves and to protect them. Through strong downpours may partly come to landslides, particularly affected is the poorer segment of the population in the favelas. These are often located on slopes. Only with a monitoring system, which operates in real time, timely evacuations have a chance. For this, FIFA took with Lufft an expert to Brazil. All host cities were fitted last year with the WS301-UMB compact weather stations and were able in 2013 to complete a test run at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

The measuring sensors record temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, global radiation and via an external sensor the amount of precipitation. Not only the technology is modern, but also the design. The weather stations are behind the gates barely perceptible and therefore guarantee an undisturbed football enjoyment.

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