Weekend 2 attendees, take note: This ain’t your predecessors’ Coldchella.
The lineup may be the same, but Mother Nature will put on a very different show this weekend.
“It’s going to be the exact opposite of last weekend,” said Erik Pindrock, an AccuWeather meteorologist. “It’s going to be sunny, hot and dry.”
Temperatures are expected to reach 98 degrees Friday, 101 on Saturday and 102 on Sunday, with few or no clouds providing shade for festival-goers, he said.
“Even for you guys in April, this is above normal,” Pindrock said. The average high at this time of year is 86 degrees.
A week ago, it was a different story as stormy weather earned the first running of the festival nicknames like Coldchella and Rainchella.
A cold low-pressure system brought clouds, gusty winds and, on Friday, 0.08 inches of rain to Palm Springs, Pindrock said.
Highs in Indio only reached 72 degrees Friday, 67 on Saturday and 76 on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight lows dipped into the 40s.
Sunglasses and bikinis were still in fashion among some of the roughly 80,000 people at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, but others bundled up with beach towels and plastic bags and used socks as makeshift mittens.
Before this year, 76 degrees had been the coldest high seen on a Coachella day, a mark set April 27, 2002.
This weekend’s forecast temperatures will be above the average high seen on the October, April and May days on which Coachella has been held over the years.
Before this year’s chilly first weekend, the average high on festival days was 94.5 degrees. Now that mark is 92.3 degrees.
The triple-digit temperatures forecast for this weekend still fall short of the 109-degree high on the hottest-ever Coachella day, April 28, 2007.