For the first weekend of World Cup play, most matches will be played under warm and dry conditions (temperatures in the 70s and 80s).

Sprawling high pressure covers much of Brazil and the forecast for most game venues lacks rain.

Look at the satellite view showing hardly a cloud over much of the country’s interior:

Satellite view of Brazil this afternoon. (NASA)

Here’s a close-up of the view of Sao Paulo yesterday from the International Space Station:

The highly anticipated match-up between England and Italy in Manaus Saturday at 6 p.m. looks hot, with temperatures in the mid-80s after a high of around 90 in the afternoon.

While interior parts of Brazil should be dry, rain may be a factor in coastal areas.  Showers are possible during Saturday evening contest between Japan and Côte d’Ivoire being played in Recife at 10 p.m.   A shower is also possible during the match-up between Uruguay and Costa Rica at 4 p.m. in Fortaleza.

Looking ahead to the U.S. vs. Ghana showdown Monday, at 7 p.m. in Natal, temperatures in the upper 70s are expected, with a chance of showers.