Ever since Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), the country’s largest EDM festival, moved to Las Vegas in 2011, extreme heat has always been an issue. With the festival being held on the weekend closed to the Summer Solstice, high temperatures would often push into the mid 100’s, nearly 110 in some cases during festival weekend, with overnight lows struggling to drop into the 70s (the festival runs overnight, from roughly 830p to 530a), so even without the intensity of direct sunlight, some people can be easily overwhelmed if not properly hydrated.
2018 was a first for EDC Vegas, however, in that they moved it to mid-May, mainly to avoid the intense June heat. So far, this decision has proven to be an excellent one! The daytime highs for Las Vegas the last couple of days have peaked in the low 90s, and temperatures between midnight and 4am were in the low 70s. Also, a cirrus deck moved over the valley in the early evening hours last couple of days, tempering the heat just a bit as well. The wind on night 1 was fairly calm at the festival, while last night’s winds got some decent 20-25mph gusts going through midnight – 1am before settling down just a little bit for the rest of the night. It looks like it will be another windy start to the festival tonight, but certainly nothing like 2012 when gusts of 40+mph caused the festival to shut down due to safety concerns.
There are many factors which can cause a festival experience to go sideways, but thanks to the decision to move it forward a month to avoid the extreme summer heat in Vegas made sure that the weather wasn’t one of them. An absolutely picture-perfect weekend weather-wise!