While families and friends begin to slowly and safely gather again, many will get together on this weekend’s un-official holiday: Super Bowl Sunday.

Folks in the Pacific Northwest will most likely gather indoors to watch the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Los Angeles Rams at So-Fi Stadium in Los Angeles. Although a big-screen television on the patio won’t be bad, with the weather in the NorthSound area expected to be overcast and in the mid-50s, dropping to the mid-40s at the end of the game.

According to Everett Post Chief Meteorologist “Tornado” Ted Buehner, “This Super Bowl has the chance to be the warmest or ‘hottest’ in Super Bowl history. The warmest was Super Bowl VII in 1973 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum when the Miami Dolphins beat the former Washington Redskins 14 to 7. The kickoff temperature was 84 degrees.”

The still brand-new So-Fi Stadium, although it is a covered field, is open air.

“With a ‘relatively light’ offshore Santa Ana type wind flow warming the LA Basin on Sunday, temperatures will climb into the 80s.” Buehner continued, “The latest weather forecast for So-Fi Stadium has the kickoff temperature in the lower 80s, threatening the 1973 Super Bowl warmest ever record. Regardless after playing in cooler conditions the last few months, players will need to remain hydrated to avoid muscle cramping and the game will have a temperature feel found early in the season.”

So crank up the bar-b-que; lay in a supply of hot wings; put the beer on ice and enjoy the game!