Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival should be cool — and wet
If weather predictions hold true, this will be the coolest Coachella on record — and the first time it's ever rained during the music and arts festival's 13-year history.
A storm is expected to dampen the valley Friday and Saturday during the first two days of the world-famous event at Empire Polo Club in Indio.
Up to a tenth of an inch could fall, said Mike Pigott, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com.
“That's pretty good for you guys,” he said. “It's definitely going to be more than a ground-wetting.”
Accompanying the rain: 70-degree temperatures — the lowest since April 27, 2002, when the mercury dipped to 76 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Warmer temperatures — in the low 80s — are expected to return Sunday, but that's still about seven degrees below normal this time of year.
It may be a welcome relief for some revelers who have spent many a scorching, summer-like day out on the sprawling, exposed festival grounds.
The hottest was 109 on April 28, 2007. The average temperature for all 28 days the event has been held is 94.5 degrees.
Coachella is a “rain or shine” event, so the show will go on regardless of the weather.