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I live in the Midwest in The US. I have been watching the World Cup in Brazil and it seems that a lot of games end at night (after it is dark).

The games are played in my time at 1:00 CDT and 3:00 CDT and I do not understand how it can be nighttime there. Are their days shorter than ours for some reason?

The longitudes of our continents are similar so does it have something to do with the country being south of the equator? What about daylight savings time? What do I need to know about days and nights in Brazil in July if I were planning to travel there instead of merely "couchsurfing?

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about travel. – Flimzy Jul 8 '14 at 17:59
Sorry about that. I figured this would be the best SE to ask at. Do you know of some better place? – John Jul 8 '14 at 18:30
There are up to +3 hrs difference in time. Its afternoon in CDT but evening in Brazil.. – Nean Der Thal Jul 8 '14 at 18:30
@John: It strikes me as a question for google, not for SE. – Flimzy Jul 8 '14 at 18:30
It is winter in Brazil, so it gets dark earlier. – sashkello Jul 9 '14 at 2:08

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It's not night here, in most of the games. First phase they were 1PM, 5PM (which there's still daylight) and 7PM. Now they are at 1PM and 5PM. It gets dark in the middle/end of the second game, though.

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Thank you very much. So it gets dark earlier in the summer there? – John Jul 8 '14 at 18:35
Brazil does not use daylight savings time like the US does. – Flimzy Jul 8 '14 at 18:39
And it's winter now in Brazil, not summer. – jpatokal Jul 8 '14 at 22:02
We have daylight savings time, but only during summer ;P – Roberto Jul 8 '14 at 22:36
I think that's really not all there is to it. Daylight saving time wouldn't make a difference, since usually winter time is the original time. Also the northern cities (e.g. Manaus) are almost at the equator, so there you'd have a 12-hour day-night cycle year round. – drat Jul 9 '14 at 6:15

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