Warm and dry weather will greet over 200,000 football fans heading to Philadelphia for the 2017 NFL Draft.
The event is being held along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum from Thursday through Saturday, and the weather is not expected to provide any disruptions.
“Very warm weather looks to be the big weather story for the NFL Draft,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.
Teams will choose over 200 college football players over the course of seven rounds. The first round of picks will take place on Thursday night, while the second and third rounds are scheduled for Friday. Rounds four through seven will conclude the draft on Saturday.
“For the first round on Thursday evening, it looks like it should turn out dry, with any showers probably staying north or west of Philadelphia,” Pydynowski said.
Temperatures will settle in the low 80s F on Friday before increasing into the mid-80s on Saturday as dry weather prevails both days.
On Saturday, temperatures will challenge the record high of 90 set in 1974.
In addition to the draft, the NFL has organized a sprawling fan festival called the 'NFL Draft Experience’ which will feature a number of football-related games and activities.
In the 82 years that the draft has been organized, this year is the first that will take place outdoors. A temporary theater was constructed along the steps of the art museum to house the players, media, league officials and fans.
"Since there will be a mix of sun and clouds around from Thursday to Saturday, spectators should have a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen handy,” Pydynowski said. "The AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperature each day will mostly be in the middle to upper 80s during the day to the upper 60s in the evening."
The draft is an exciting time of year because it allows fans to witness the arrival of players who could improve the fortunes of their favorite team.
This is the first time Philadelphia has hosted the draft since 1961. The city was also the site of the inaugural NFL Draft in 1936.