By: Ryan Hoke, WAVE 3 News Meteorologist
This year’s Forecastle Festival at Louisville’s Waterfront Park will likely be the hottest since the event’s inception in 2002.
The WAVE 3 News Storm Tracking Team is forecasting high temperatures to be as high as 98 degrees on Saturday, with Friday and Sunday’s highs both in the mid 90s. Heat index values will reach up to 105 degrees this weekend, which is dangerous heat if you’re not properly hydrated.
Make sure to drink plenty of water, take breaks in the shade, apply sunscreen, and keep an eye on your fellow festival-goers for signs of fatigue and exhaustion.
The only rain chance this weekend, and consequently the only sign of relief from the heat aside from nightfall, will be on Sunday as a 20% isolated storm chance arrives during the afternoon. With this storm chance being so small, it’s very likely that the entire festival will be dry this weekend.
The hottest high temperature in Forecastle’s history took place on July 18th, 2015, at 94 degrees. High temperatures at or above 94 degrees are in the forecast for the entire festival this weekend, so 2018 will easily break that record. The coolest high temperature during the event happened just a year before the hottest, on July 18th, 2014 with 73 degrees. Stay cool this weekend!