Fans try to cool down at a cooling station during the 2013 Stagecoach country music festival on Sunday April 28, 2013. (Photo by Omar Ornelas / The Desert Sun)
The record-breaking heat wave kicked it up another notch on Sunday — breaking Stagecoach records for the second day in a row.
It hit 107 degrees at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, where more than 45,000 people have crowded in for the Stagecoach Festival.
Friends spray cool water on each other to keep cool April 27, 2013, at the second day of Stagecoach in Indio, Calif. (Gerry Maceda / special to The Desert Sun)
The temperature at Stagecoach Festival broke 100 degrees for the first time ever on Saturday.
It soared to at 104 degrees, breaking the festival’s previous heat record of 98 degrees set on April 28, 2012.
That was 2 degrees shy of the 106-degree all-time record for April 27, according to the National Weather Service.
Now in its seventh year, the country music has seen temperatures spike above normal only six out of 16 days, according to a Desert Sun analysis of historical weather data from AccuWeather.com.
(That’s the opposite of Coachella, when weather is more likely than not to spike.)
Here are the high temperatures recorded in Stagecoach Festival history:
The temperature at the Stagecoach festival grounds hit 91 degrees on Friday.
That’s on par with the 90-degree average for the day — and, fortunately for the 45,000 people crowded at the Indio festival grounds, it was a far cry from the 108-degree record set in 1996.
Temps will spike to 100 degrees on Saturday “with calm wind,” according to the National Weather Service forecast.
It will drop to 78 degrees overnight as winds start to ease in during the evening. Wind gusts could hit up to 20 mph.
For the final day of the festival on Sunday, the temperature will peak with a predicted high of 103 degrees. A wind of 5 to 10 mph could breeze in in the afternoon.
It’s gonna be a warm one, ladies and gents.
During the long walk into the Stagecoach grounds, that’s all anyone could talk about: Heat, heat, heat.
And it’s only 90 degrees in Indio, Calif.
Don’t miss the refill stations across the camp grounds, where you can fill any empty container with free drinking water.
You can also exchange 10 empty bottles or cans for fresh cold water (or merchandise) at the recycling stations.
Major Lazer performs at the Coachella Music Festival, Saturday, April 20th, 2013. Jay Calderon, The Desert Sun
No two Coachella weekends can truly be alike. Despite talk about the lack of surprises – organizers tipped their hand the first weekend as the second Saturday of the annual music and arts festival began, there was a marked difference in the air.
It was hotter, at times gruelingly so. And there was a celebratory air wafting across the festival grounds.
Winds whipped across the eastern Coachella Valley as more than 80,000 people crowded in for the final day of Coachella, Weekend One.
While the temperature usually heats up above normal during festival weekends, mercury only hit 85 degrees on Sunday — a dip below the 87-degree normal for the day.
A steady wind of up to 20 mph has blown through, with gusts hitting 31 mph by about 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The weather prompted a warning from Goldenvoice to campers: Secure your camp site and remove the tops from pop-up tents.
Check out this view from The Desert Sun editor Liz Kelly Nelson, who shot this video clip from the top of the famous Le Grande Wheel at Coachella:
Coachella pushed this alert via its mobile app on April 14, 2013.
Coachella has been warning campers all weekend to secure their tents — but they stepped up the warning with a push alert on Sunday.
The alert warns about a high wind advisory that will continue through the end of camping.
The wind advisory will end at 6 p.m. Sunday — and then a high wind warning will take effect and will continue until 9 a.m. Tuesday, a meteorologist told The Desert Sun shortly before the push alert.
Gene Autry Trail — a main thoroughfare into Palm Springs — remains closed to and from Interstate 10 because of the winds.
Need to escape the sun at Stagecoach, where it’s at least 96 degrees?
Hit the Sunrun tent for air conditioning and free wifi.
Take a seat on a comfy couch, chat about your solar options or just enjoy the fans.
If you slip on the free sunglasses they hand out, snap a picture and post it to Instagram and tag #sunrunhome. You’ll be entered to win a $100 prize.
Grammy-nominated DJ Morgan Page performs Sunday at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (photos by Kate McGinty)
I don’t know how he did it, but Morgan Page managed to pull in a sweaty mess of dancers to his early Sunday set.
Scratch that. I know how he did it. Killer beats, a flashy light show and high energy.
Page played the title track off his new album, “In the Air,” and debuted a new track that he didn’t identify. “You’re one of the first to hear it,” he said, before playing the infectious melody.
The Grammy-nominated DJ will stop by the press tent this afternoon to chat with me, so tweet me at @TDSKateM if you have any questions to send his way.
We just went from the coldest-ever Coachella weekend to the hottest.
The 106-degree temperature at the Empire Polo Grounds today tied a festival record — and could hit an all-time record, too.
“It is 106 degrees, but that could easily be higher. The temperatures are still climbing,” AccuWeather.com meterologist Alan Reppert said about 3:40 p.m.
The hottest day in Coachella festival history was 106 degrees on April 28, 2007.
It is also veering on an all-time record for the area, which was a 107-degree high on April 21, 2009.
Medical staff issued a few reminders: Wear comfortable clothing. Drink plenty of water. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol. Good luck with that.