BONNAROO 2016: NWS issues special weather statement for weekend heat

A Bonnaroo patron finds shade and uses a water-soaked rag to cool down during the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. (Manchester Times file photo by Josh Peterson)

The National Weather Service office in Nashville, Tenn. has issued a special weather statement concerning the heat for the upcoming weekend – which just happens to be the same weekend as the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester. According to NWS, Middle Tennessee is expected to experience some of the warmest temperatures so far this year starting Friday and lasting through the weekend. Heat index approaching 100 degrees each afternoon are “very likely,” according to the statement.

A Bonnaroo patron finds shade and uses a water-soaked rag to cool down during the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. (Manchester Times file photo by Josh Peterson)

NWS advised that the temperatures and heat index will be below “heat advisory criteria,” but noted that anyone outdoors should stay hydrated. According to NWS, the high temperature forecast for Friday is 91, Saturday 92 and Sunday 92. The forecast also indicates that the sky will be sunny with minimal cloud cover through the weekend. A 20% chance of thunderstorms does appear in the forecast Sunday. According to Bonnaroo, there are several precautions and tips in place to help patrons avoid heat-related illnesses: * In total, patrons have access to free water at more than 500 taps site-wide, including the faucets on the outside of the new bathroom buildings. * Every faucet at Bonnaroo is safe to drink from – filtered, tested and certified to meet Tennessee drinking water requirements. Some water stations (those in the shape of a fountain) provide water from Roo-owned wells. * Misting tents are strategically located throughout the festival grounds (in Centeroo, main venue and in each pod) and operate each day to give patrons a respite from the heat. *All medical tents are well stocked with IV fluids to treat heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If we need more, the local hospitals are ready to replenish our supply. * Patrons can also cool off in the fully air conditioned comedy and cinema tents.