Roofing tiles wait during house construction in Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The extreme heat warning that was in place last week continues in the early days of this week, but rain is not far away, according to the National Weather Service.

Today‘s high is expected to be 109 under sunny skies. Tonight will be clear with a low around 71.

Tuesday is forecast to be sunny and hot, with a high near 110. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 78.

Wednesday may be mostly sunny as temperatures soar to 111. Afternoon clouds will move in again, and the overnight low will be around 80.

Thursday, temperatures are expected to remain in the danger zone, with a high of 108 under mostly sunny skies. Winds will begin to pick up in the afternoon, however, blowing at 5-15 mph with 20 mph gusts. That will bring a 20-percent chance of showers overnight and a low around 77.

Friday, the chance of showers and thunderstorms continues at 20 percent. The day should be partly sunny with a low of around 101 and breezes of 5-15 mph. Overnight, the chance of rain increases to 30 percent, and the low will be around 72.

The extended forecast sees the possibility of precipitation increase Saturday when the high temperature is expected to stay below 100.

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