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Cool and windy for EDC weekend in Las Vegas Valley

Updated May 17, 2019 - 6:21 pm

This year’s Electric Daisy Carnival weekend will be the coldest since the three-day outdoor rave came to Las Vegas in 2011.

The festival used to be held in June, but last year the dates were moved to May after a sweltering 2017 edition.

It will be mostly sunny through Sunday, with daytime highs of 83 on Saturday and 74 on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The valley reached a high of just 73 degrees Friday.

The average high temperature in the valley for this time of year is about 90, meteorologist Jenn Varian said.

A wind advisory has been issued for the valley on Sunday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., the weather service said.

EDC comes alive between 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., meaning ravers will be dancing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in temperatures that will dip to about 57 degrees this weekend.

On top of that, the weather service said, winds gusting up to 30 to 40 mph are expected to sweep the valley Saturday night and last well into Sunday during the wind advisory.

Sunday also has a 20 percent chance for showers, Varian said.

“There’s a higher chance than not that EDC won’t see anything,” Varian said about the rain. “If they do, it’ll be spotty.”

If you don’t have plans to be at the rave on Sunday, then the wind could still pose a risk to outdoor activities, she said. The wind advisory could affect boaters at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

“It’s going to be pretty dangerous waters,” Varian said.

After EDC comes to an end early Monday, highs near 75 will persist through Wednesday.

Rain chances return to the valley early next week, with Tuesday seeing a 20 percent chance for thunderstorms at night, and Wednesday seeing a 20 percent chance for showers before 11 a.m., Varian said.

Two years ago, when EDC was held June 16-18, the weather service had issued an excessive heat warning for that weekend, which saw triple-digit highs.

On June 17 that year, Michael Morse, a California man, died after attending the previous night’s show.

Morse’s wife, Jennifer Marshall, said at the time that she was told by the Clark County coroner’s office that Morse had a body temperature of 109 degrees at the time of his death.

His cause of death was caused by MDMA toxicity, coupled with environmental heat exposure, the coroner’s office determined.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Katelyn Newberg contributed to this report.

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