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Rain, cool temps forecast for Coachella music festival

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 - Day 3

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Fans from all over the country are preparing to descend on Indio, CA this week for the wildly popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But if weather predictions hold true, this weekend's festivities could face unseasonably cool temperatures and even rain for the first time in the event’s history.

With Radiohead, the Black Keys and Dr. Dre with Snoop Dogg (and special guests Eminem and Wiz Khalifa, according to persistent rumors) set to headline the three-day festival, a glance at Weather.com calls for highs of 70 on Friday with a 30 percent chance of rain, which could be as much as one-tenth of an inch, according to Mike Pigott, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com.

“That's pretty good for you guys,” he said in the Desert Sun. “It's definitely going to be more than a ground-wetting.”

The predicted high on Saturday inches up a single degree to 71, while the chance for precipitation drops to nil. Low temps for both nights are anticipated to hover in the mid-50s. Sunday looks to be more of a classic Coachella day, reaching the low to mid-80s

This is a far cry from the typically more sweltering Coachella temperatures, hitting a festival high of 109 degrees in 2007, according to the Desert Sun. They also report that the average temperature for all 28 days the event has been held over the years is a toasty 94.5 degrees.

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