Scorching temperatures expected for this year’s Newport Folk Festival

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) — The 2022 Newport Folk Festival got underway at Fort Adams State Park, and scorching temperatures are expected all weekend.

According to ABC 6 meteorologist Chelsea Priest, the heat wave is anticipated to continue with hot temperatures throughout the weekend. A heat advisory will be in effect for Saturday and Sunday, as temperatures are near 90 degrees.

The Department of Environmental Management also announced that it expects air quality in the area to reach unhealthy levels Friday.

Thousands of festivalgoers from all across the country made their way to Newport to watch more than 50 musicians and bands perform live.

“[I’m] looking forward to being back at The Fort. I missed the last two years because of COVID,” said Lucy Flood, a festivalgoer from Hawaii.

As temperatures continue to soar near 90 degrees, festivalgoers were warned to stay hydrated and keep cool. Festivalgoers are allowed to bring empty refillable water bottles with them inside, and many of them took advantage of that.

“They always say there’s no such thing as bad weather, only poor planning. I try to make sure I stay hydrated. Keep re-applying sunscreen,” said JJ Sheffer, another festivalgoer. “We brought some bandannas if we want to wet them to keep them cool and keep them around our necks,” Lucy Flood added.

The department of emergency management also said it will restrict access to the park during the weekend. Public walking areas in the park will also be shut down, as well as limited access to piers and docks.

Sunscreen and empty refillable waters will be allowed inside, but beach umbrellas and pop-up tens are prohibited.

“I’ve seen a lot of people through the years wind up with a heat stroke out here,” said Skip Bodman, a 42-year vendor at the folk festival.

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