The weather forecast for this weekend's Governors Ball (and Hot 97 Summer Jam) is not great. There's a chance of thunderstorms each day, with a particularly menacing "heavy rain" icon lurking over Sunday. This won't be the first time it's rained at the festival. In 2013, the end of Tropical Storm Andrea arrived on Friday, causing the cancellation of the night's headliners and turning the rest of the weekend into a giant mud bath. In contrast, last year's fest endured a relatively light sprinkling, with minimal effects. Preparing for a range of conditions, organizers have installed flooring on some of the grounds and will have landscaping straw on hand to help soak up rain. About the weather, GovBall spokeswoman Kerri Lyon wrote to us, “We are watching the forecast closely. Our top priority is the well-being of our attendees, staff and talent. Fans should check our website and social media channels for weather-related updates as well as stage screens at the Festival.”
So what can you do to avoid getting totally drenched, or showing up to a performance that later gets canceled for lightning? Not much. Wear boots, bring a poncho, check the GovBall Twitter before you head out and hope for the best.