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Warmth and Wind for the Coachella Music Festival

April 12, 2013; 12:30 PM

Today started the first weekend of the two-weekend Coachella Music Festival, one of the largest in the nation. Tickets sold out for both weekends within an hour of going on sale and 100,000 people are expected both weekends at Empire Polo Club in the small desert town of Indio. This extremely popular festival of great music, food, fashion and togetherness is, of course, all outside and all these people are exposed to whatever Mother Nature brings.

It always seems that hot weather arrives just in time for the festival and looking at the history, that is mostly true. However, there was last year when April 14 was the coolest day in the history of the festival with a morning bone-chilling temperature in the upper 30s to near 40 and a high of only 70 later that day. Normal high temperatures are in the upper 80s and more times than not, it has been warmer than that.

As for this particular weekend, Saturday will be one of those warmer-than-normal days with high temperatures in the lower 90s, around 92 or so. That's not too hot in general, but if one is out in that all day, and there is sunshine, not only can you get a nasty sunburn but dehydration can set in fairly easily unless you take in enough water. With the air being very dry, one may not even realize they are sweating and losing vital body water. Sunday will not be as warm as Saturday with highs around 87. Still, that is pretty warm and again, it will feel warmer, if you are standing in the sun all day. One thing Sunday will have that Saturday will not is an increasing gusty wind by afternoon. Winds are expected to rise to 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts in the afternoon. This could have some consequences for temporary tents and other light structures built for the event. In addition, there can be some blowing dust.

An early outlook for next weekend is for mostly sunny skies and potentially warmer weather than this weekend with mid- to upper 90s possible. I will have more on that as it gets closer to the event next week.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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