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Grab your water bottle: Heat to stifle Coachella on 1st weekend

Heat will build across Southern California as over 100,000 festivalgoers descend on the region for the first weekend of Coachella 2017.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, showcases the hottest names in music, as well as new and emerging artists, for two consecutive weekends each April.

Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Lorde will headline the first weekend of the event, which runs from Friday, April 14, to Sunday, April 16.

“Sunshine will be the rule each day,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said.

Afternoon highs will build from the upper 80s F on Friday to the middle 90s on Sunday. AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures will be around 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the actual temperature.

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Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen will be a necessity to protect against sunburn. Fans will be needed to cool down tents and campers.

Plenty of non-alcoholic beverages, especially water, and lightweight clothing will be needed in order to prevent dehydration and heat-related illnesses.

Attendees can take advantage of the water refill stations and shady areas set up around the festival grounds in between their favorite musical acts.

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The sun sets over the Empire Polo Field at the 2015 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)


A storm will move into Northern California on Sunday, but rain will likely reach no farther south than Fresno, California.

Those from Northern and central California could be slowed by rain and wet roads when journeying home late Sunday.

Indications show that the second and final weekend of Coachella, which runs from Friday, April 21, to Sunday, April 23, will be just as dry and hot as the opening weekend.

This is the sixth year in a row the festival has been held as a two-weekend event.