Warmth to Kick Off Coachella Music Fest

By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
April 13, 2014; 12:59 AM ET
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British singer-guitarist Noel Gallagher, left, performs with his band High Flying Birds during the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Indio, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Warm weather will be in tune this weekend for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, being held in Indio, Calif.

The first weekend of the festival is set to begin Friday, April 11 and continue through Sunday, April 13.

Folks headed to the festival can expect dry weather with temperatures within a few degrees of 90 F each day.

Although those going to the festival may welcome the dry weather, it is still important to be prepared for other aspects of the weather.

Keeping hydrated and staying protected from the sun should be in the minds of everyone at the festival, from the fans in the audience to the lead singer of your favorite band.

Wearing sunscreen, light-colored clothing and sunglasses will help protect those planning on spending long periods of time out in the sun.

Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated. Beverages such as soft drinks and alcohol will only accelerate dehydration.

Friday is forecast to be the hottest day at the festival with afternoon temperatures topping out in the mid-90s.

This will be followed up by a cooler, more seasonable day on Saturday with highs in the middle to upper 80s.

Despite the afternoon heat, things will cool off during the overnight hours, dipping down into the upper 50s or lower 60s.

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Early indications are showing that similar conditions will be in play next weekend for the second half of the festival.

Weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is set to start on Friday, April 18, and last until Sunday, April 20.

With the second weekend shaping up to be nearly a carbon copy of the first, those attending both weekends should take the same precautions to stay protected from the afternoon heat and the blazing sun.


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