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Crews have been busy laying curb and sidewalk for the new Plainview Street as part of the overpass project. Workers may be interrupted by mid-week rain. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa’s triple-digit heat wave may be broken, at least temporarily, midweek with a high chance for precipitation being predicted by the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with an expected high of 107 degrees F and light winds. Tonight will be mostly clearn with a low around 81.

Tuesday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 106. The evening is expected to partly cloudy with a low around 80.

Wednesday there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms during the day, mainly after 11 a.m., with less than a 10th of an inch predicted. The high may be near 98. Overnight, the chance of rain is 40 percent with an expected low of 75.

Thursday, the chance for precipitation lingers at 20 percent during the day, which may be mostly sunny with a high near 95. Overnight the chance for rain increases to 30 percent and the low will be around 73.

Friday also has a slight chance of rain that will continue until around 11 p.m. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 96 while the night is partly cloudy with a low around 74.

The weekend will then begin to warm back into triple digits.

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Clear, sunny skies are on tap for Maricopa's weekend.

The heat continues to linger in Maricopa, with triple-digits for the weekend and beyond, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny and has a projected high temperature of 106 degrees F. The night will be clear with a low around 74.

Friday, the forecast sees another sunny day with the high climbing to the danger zone of 108. The night will likely be mostly clear with a low around 77.

Saturday also has a sunny forecast, with a predicted high of 106 and breezes up to 10 mph. The overnight low will be around 77 under clear skies.

Sunday is likely to be sunny with a high near 105. The nighttime low will be around 76.

That leads to a week of continued triple-digits and lots of sun.

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Photo by David Durst

A steady stream of triple-digit days is ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, with no relief yet in sight.

Today, the high temperature should hit 106 degrees F with only light breezes. Tonight, the low will be around 77 with continuing clear skies.

Tuesday, expect a repeat with sunny skies and a high near 106. The overnight low will again be around 77 while skies are mostly clear.

Wednesday will likely be sunny with a high near 105 and winds may increase to 15 mph, gusting up to 20 mph. The night may be mostly clear with a low around 75.

Thursday, expect lots of sun and a high near 104. The overnight low will be around 76.

Friday will be a little warmer, with a high of 106 under sunny skies. The nighttime sky will be mostly clear with a low around 78.

That leads into a weekend that continues the hot, sunny trend.

High temps and mostly clear skies are ahead for Maricopa.

A hot, sunny weekend is ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, with temperatures increasingly warm.

Today is sunny with a high near 105 and calm breezes. Tonight will also be mostly clear, with a low around 79.

Friday, expect sunny skies during the day and a high near 106. That will be followed by a clear night with a low around 79 again.

Saturday sees sunny skies, too, with the high climbing to 107. The nighttime low will be around 80.

Sunday will be similar, with a high temperature of 105 and an overnight low of 78.

That leads to a week of continued triple-digit temperatures but increasing wind.

Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A week of mostly sunny days is ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, leading up to another hot weekend.

Today, a partly cloudy morning turns into a mostly sunny afternoon with a high near 101. Tonight is expected to be mostly cloudy with a low around 76.

Wednesday will be sunny with a high near 102. The overnight low will be around 77 under mostly clear skies.

Thursday, expect sunny skies and increasingly warm temperatures and a high near 104. The nighttime low will be around 78.

Friday may be sunny with a high near 105. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 79.

That starts off a weekend in which the temperature will climb to 107.

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Lots of sun and clear skies daily are forecast for Maricopa this week.

A week of mostly clear skies and steady, hot temperatures is in store for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, with no outlook for precipitation until the weekend.

Today will be sunny with breezes of 5-10 mph and a high near 105. The overnight low will be around 75. The subsequent days are expected to be nearly identical.

Tuesday expect a sunny day with a high near 104. The nighttime low will be around 75.

Wednesday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 104. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 76 and calm breezes.

Thursday sees a high near 106 and sunny skies. The night will be mostly clear with alow around 77.

Friday, too, will likely have a high near 106 under sunny skies and a nighttime low around 79 as winds increase slightly.

The weekend comes with growing chance of precipitation.

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Maricopa's weekend weather is forecast to be a mix of sun, rain and coarse particles. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A weekend of temperatures in the low 100s and some chances of rain are in Maricopa’s forecast, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, there is a 20-percent chance of showers but mostly sunny skies and a steady temperature around 98 this afternoon. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 79.

Friday includes a high pollution advisory for Pinal County. According to the county’s Department of Air Quality, an episode of strong and gusty winds is forecast to generate widespread blowing dust that may result in local coarse particle concentrations that pose a health risk. Adverse health effects increase as air quality deteriorates. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 101. Overnight there is a 20 percent chance of rain a low around 79.

Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 102. There is a 10-percent chance of rain before 11 p.m. The night willbe partly cloudy with a low around 79.

Sunday includes a 10-percent chance of showers in the morning but the day is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 104. The nighttime low will be around 78.

Next week is expected to have lots of sun and daytime temperatures over 105.

A dust storm heading toward the Maricopa area from the east.

The National Weather Service has issued a Dust Storm Warning for Pinal County including the Maricopa area until 6:15 p.m.

An area of blowing dust was over Arizola and Casa Grande at 5:30 p.m. and moving south. There is less than a quarter-mile visibility with strong wind in excess of 40 mph. The conditions are considered dangerous and life-threatening to travel. Dust is expected to impact Interstate 10 and Interstate 8 as well as State Route 87.

If driving, avoid dust storms if possible. If caught in one, pull off the road, turn off your lights and keep your foot off the brake.

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Clouds are expected to visit Maricopa each day this week. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

There is a slight probability for rain each day this week in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, after a mostly sunny day with a high near 107 degrees F, a 20-percent chance of showers will develop. Patchy, blowing dust is expected before 11 p.m., with an overnight low around 81.

Tuesday brings a 30-percent chance of rain, mainly after 11 a.m., and a high of around 101. The possibility of rain continues into the evening, and the overnight low will be around 79.

Wednesday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a 10-percent chance of rain and a high near 103. The nighttime low will be around 80 as the chance of rain increases to 20 percent.

Thursday and for the rest of the week, a 10-percent chance of rain will linger. Thursday’s forecast high is near 100, while the overnight low will be around 80.

Friday will be mostly sunny with a high near 102, according to the NWS. The nighttime low is again expected to be 80 degrees under partly cloudy skies.

That leads to a weekend in the low 100s and a continuing tease of precipitation.

Water is over the road at both crossings on Rancho El Dorado Parkway.

Maricopa Police Department has closed both wash crossings on Rancho El Dorado Parkway due to water on the road.

Tucson and other communities south of the Maricopa area continue to have rain and flood warnings. That water is expected to flow north through the Santa Rosa Wash.

There is a flash flood watch in place until 8 p.m. for Pima County and southern and western Pinal County.

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Working by spotlight in the early morning to beat the monsoon heat, workers continue construction on an overpass. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A slight possibility for rain lingers this weekend, but temperatures will quickly return to triple digits, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, enjoy a high of just 98 degrees while there is a 20-percent chance of showers. The skies will continue to be partly cloudy into evening, when the low is around 78.

Friday, forecast sees mostly suny skies and high near 103 with light winds for the start of high school football season. The night has just a 10-percent chance of rain and low of around 80.

Saturday there is a 10-percent chance of rain despite mostly sunny skies. The high will be near 107. Overnight, skies are exptected to be partly cloudy and the low temperature around 81.

Sunday rounds out the weekend with a predicted sunny day and a high of 108. The night will be mostly clear with alow around 81.

That will lead into a week that forecasts more monsoon-like weather patterns of rain and hot temperatures.

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Expect rain clouds to be a frequent visitor this week in Maricopa.

A chance of rain lingers throughout the week, with heavy rain forcast Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Today seeks mostly sunny skies and a high near 104 degrees F and breezes up to 15 mph. Tonight, there is a 10-percent chance of rain and a low around 81.

Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny during the day with a high of 105. By nightfall, a 20-percent chance of rain will develop, and the low will be around 81. Winds will gust as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday, there is a 20-percent chance of rain during the day and an expected high of 101. By evening, the forecast calls for a 50-percent chance of rain possibly measuring a quarter inch to a half inch. The overnight low may be around 77.

Thursday, the forecast sees a 30-percent chance of rain during the day and a high of 98. That lessens to a 20-percent chance of precipitation overnight and a low of 79.

Friday also has a 20-percent chance of rain and partly sunny skies. The high may be near 103. The overnight low will be around 80.

The weekend brings decreased possibility for showers and high temperatures in the low 100s.

Anyone working outside today should take precautions against extreme heat. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Temperatures will be sizzling to start the week, but wind and rain may return midweek, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, Maricopa is under an excessive heat warning from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The high temperature is expected to be 113 degrees F under sunny skies. An Excessive Heat Warning means that a period of very hot temperatures, even by local standards, will occur. Actions should be taken to lessen the impact. See below for details. The evening will be mostly clear with a low around 86.

Tuesday, the forecast sees a mostly sunny day with a high near 111. Overnight, the low will be around 85 and a 10-percent chance of rain will develop.

Wednesday, expect the temperature to drop, with a possible high of only 105. There is a 10-percent chance of showers, and breezes will be up to 15 mph. There is a 30-percent chance of rain before 11 p.m., when the low will be around 81. Breezes of 5-15 mph will have gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday may be the coolest day of the week, with an expected high of 103 under partly sunny skies. Overnight, there may be a 20-percent chance of rain and a low around 80 with winds of 10-15 mph.

Friday comes with a 10 percent chance of rain after 11 a.m. that increases to 30 percent before 11 p.m. The high is expected to be near 104 while the wind gusts up to 20 mph. The nighttime low will be around 80 with continuing wind.

That leads to a weekend that, from this distance, looks to stay below 105 degrees and bring with it possibilities for rain.

Excessive Heat Warning Advice from NWS:

Stay indoors and seek air-conditioned buildings. Drink water, more than usual, and avoid dehydrating alcoholic, sugary or caffeinated drinks. Dress for the heat – lightweight and light- colored clothing. Eat small meals and eat more often. Monitor those with a higher vulnerability to heat, including small children. Check in on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly. If engaging in outdoor activity, take longer and ore frequent breaks and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Early signs include thirst and muscle cramps. Heat exhaustion may include: cool, moist, pale skin; headache; dizziness; weakness or exhaustion; nausea. The most serious illness is heat stroke, which may include: vomiting; confusion; throbbing headache; decreased alertness or loss of consciousness; high body temperature (above 105 F); hot, dry skin; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; seizures.

A monsoon-like storm hit the Maricopa area Thursday with blowing dust and more than an inch of rain, according to local Weather Underground locations.

The storm damaged and knocked over trees all over the community. Electrical power was knocked out in small pockets of Electrical District No. 3’s service area. Water also covered portions of several roadways.

The City of Maricopa announced the availability of a free 24-hour drop-off location for trees that were knocked down during the storm. Residents can haul their trees to 45145 W. Madison Ave., the former City Hall location  through Aug. 16. Call 520-316-6946 for more information.

 

 

Sunny and hot is the forecast for Maricopa's weekend, with some air pollution expected Friday. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

An air pollution warning is part of a hot and dry weekend forecast for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service. A 40-percent chance of rain tonight with patchy blowing dust will settle into mostly sunny days.

Tonight, expect showers before midnight and strong breezes gusting up to 25 mph. The low will be around 85 degrees F.

Friday, there will be a 10-percent chance of showers before noon while a high pollution advisory is in place. Pinal County Department of Air Quality is expecting conditions to cause unhealthy ozone concentrations. The day is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 107. The overnight low will be around 83.

Saturday, the temperature may climb back to 110 for a sunny and hot day. The night will be mostly clearn with a low around 84.

Sunday looks to be sunny with a high near 109 and a nighttime low around 83.

That leads into a familiar week of triple-digit daytime temperatures and only slight possibilities for rain.

Mostly sunny skies linger over columns for a coming overpass. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

There is a slight chance of showers all week for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, but also an air-quality alert in place Tuesday.

Today, a mostly sunny day is in place with a 10-percent chance of rain this afternoon and evening. The high is expected to hit 108 with a heat index as high as 111. Breezes may gust up to 20 mph. The overnight low will be around 84.

Tuesday will be much the same but with calmer winds. The day is forecast to be sunny with a high of 108 and a 10-percent chance of precipitation. The forecast weather conditions combined with existing ozone levels are expected to result in maximum eight-hour ozone concentrations that pose a health risk, according to the Pinal County Department of Air Quality. Adverse health effects increase as air quality deteriorates. The nighttime low will be around 83.

Wednesday is expected to be sunny and hot, the hottest day of the week with a predicted high of 110. During the evening, however, there is a 20-percent chance of rain and a low of 84.

Thursday‘s forecast sees mostly sunny skies, mostly sunny skies, a 10-percent chance of rain and a high near 109. Overnight the chance of rain increases to 20 percent and the low will be around 83.

Friday will likely be mostly sunny with a high near 108. There is a 10-percent chance of rain in the afternoon and a predicted overnight low of 82.

That leads to a mostly sunny weekend with lingering chances of thunderstorms.

The weekend forecast carries daily chances of rain. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

There is a chance for showers this weekend and a slight alleviation of the week’s scorching temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

After Wednesday’s record-matching 113 degrees F, today will be mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 110 and breezes gusting up to 20 mph. Tonight, there is a 10-percent chance of rain after 11 p.m. and a low around 84.

Friday, the forecast again sees mostly sunny and hot contiditions, with a high of 111. The overnight low will likely be around 84 with a 10-percent chance of showers.

Saturday, the high is expected to be near 107, with a 10-percent chance of rain increasing to 30 percent before 11 p.m. The nighttime low will be around 82.

Sunday, the possibility of rain continues and 10 percent during the day while the high reaches about 105. Overnight a 20-percent chance of rain is forecast with a low around 83.

The slight prediction of rain continues into next week for a warm and humid forecast.

Air conditioning failed at Maricopa High School during an excessive heat warning. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

On what is forecast to be a record-breaking day of heat, students at Maricopa High School attended their second morning of classes without properly functioning air conditioning Tuesday.

According to a statement published to social media by the Maricopa Unified School District at 10:23 a.m., a power surge was the culprit that caused the high school’s “main chillers” to shut down.

Maintenance workers restarted the equipment and restored the air conditioning.

“The temperature has gone back to an acceptable level,” according to the statement.

Working outside should be limited during this week's excessive heat warning. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

An excessive heat warning is in place for Maricopa today through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, but there is a chance of rain by week’s end.

An warning means a period of very hot temperatures, even by local standards, will occur, with temperatures ranging 110-118 degrees F. Actions should be taken to lessen the impact of the extreme heat.

Suggested precautions for excessive heat: Stay indoors and seek air-conditioned buildings. Drink more water than usual and avoid dehydrating alcoholic, sugary or caffeinated drinks. Dress for the heat – lightweight and light-colored clothing. Eat small meals and eat more often. Monitor those with a higher vulnerability to heat, including small children. Check in on family, friends and neighbors, especially the elderly. If engaging in outdoor activity, take longer and more frequent breaks and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars.

Today will be sunny and hot, with a high near 112. The overnight low will be around 85 under mostly clear skies.

Tuesday is expected to soar to 117, which is 11 degrees above average for the day, with very little breeze under sunny skies. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 87.

Wednesday‘s forecast is for mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 114. Winds of 5-15 mph could gust up to 20 mph. The night is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 87 and continuing winds.

Thursday may be mostly sunny, hot and breezy, with a high of 110. The overnight low will be around 83.

Friday, expect a partly sunny day with a high of 106, followed by a night with 10 percent chance of showers before 11 p.m. The low will be around 83.

That leads into a weekend of slightly cooler temperatures and slightly higher chance of rain.

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Occasional clouds aren't expected to have much impact as temperatures climb upward this weekend. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa weather will be warm with a slight chance for rain this weekend before heading into extremely hot days, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is expected to top out at 106 degrees F but with heat index values as high as 111. The day will be mostly sunny and breezy. Winds of 10-15 mph may gust up to 20 mph. The night has a 10-percent chance of rain and a predicted low of 83.

Friday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 107. A 10-percent chance for rain returns in the afternoon, and the nighttime low will be around 83.

Saturday will be mostly sunny, though the 10-percent chance of precipitation continues until 11 p.m. The high may reach 106. Overnight, the low will be around 83 with winds gusting as high as 20 mph.

Sunday is likely to be mostly sunny and hot, with the temperature rising to 110. The night will be mostly clear, and the low will be around 84.

That starts off a week that already has an “excessive heat watch” issued by NWS from Monday through Wednesday and no predicted rain early in the week.

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Clouds linger over Maricopa with slight chance of rain. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A slight chance of rain continues every day this week while temperatures remain in triple digits, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is expected to be the coolest day of the week with a high of 103 degrees F. There is a 20-percent chance of rain. The overnight low will be around 81.

Tuesday also has a 20 percent chance of rain during the day and into the evening. There is an expected high of 105. The nighttime low may be around 81 with winds of 5-10 mph.

Wednesday, the possibility of rain drops to 10 percent as skies remain mostly sunny with a high of 104. The low at night will be around 80.

Thursday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 106 and a 10-percent chance for precipitation. The day will be breezy with winds of 5-15 mph. The overnight low is expected to be around 81.

Friday may be mostly sunny all day with a high near 107. At night, a 10-percent chance of rain develops with partly cloudy skies and a low around 82.

The weekend is expected to grow increasingly hot as the possibility for rain lessens.

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Monsoon like weather patterns continue over Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Continued warm temperatures and high humidity are expected this weekend as the monsoon pattern continues through Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is partly sunny with a high near 99 and 30-percent chance of rain before noon. Tonight, the likelihood of rain drops to 10 percent. The low temperature will be around 79.

Friday, the forecast sees partly sunny skies and high near 105 and a 10-percent chance of showers all day. The night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 80.

Saturday, the chance of rain increases slightly to 20 percent. The day is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 102. The overnight low will be around 78.

Sunday comes with a 30-percent chance of showers and will be mostly cloudy all day. The daytime high is expected to be near 101 and the nighttime low around 77.

The possibility for thunderstorms continues into next week with triple-digit highs and partly to mostly cloudy skies.

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More storms are on the horizon. ADOT photo

Maricopa is under a flash-flood watch today until 2 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and evening, potentially lasting into the overnight hours. Any storms that form will be capable of producing heavy rain and flash flooding, particularly over areas that have already received heavy rainfall over the past few days.

The area affected includes northwest Pinal County.

This afternoon, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. New rainfall is expected to have amounts of less than a 10th of an inch, except higher amounts are possible during thunderstorms.

Flooding of normally dry washes, low water crossings, and poorly drained intersections is likely. Be especially cautious at night when flash flood hazards are harder to see.

A header of dust travels west at 30 mph south of Maricopa before the larger collection hits the city. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued a dust storm warning for Pinal County on Tuesday.

A wall of dust was along the line extending 10 miles south of Maricopa, moving west at 30 mph. Hazard warnings, according to Doppler radar, include less than a quarter-mile of visibility with strong winds at least 40 mph. These hazards could lead to dangerous, life-threatening travel.

National Weather Service warns, “dust storms lead to dangerous driving conditions with visibility reduced to near zero. If driving, avoid dust storms if possible. If caught in one, pull off the road, turn off your lights and keep your foot off the brake.” The dust storm warning will last until 5 p.m.

Panoramic photo by Michelle Chance

Clouds are expected to visit Maricopa daily this week. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

There is a chance of rain every day this week as the “Arizona monsoon” kicks in, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures will be cooler than last week but still in triple digits.

Today, there is a 30 percent chance of showers after 11 a.m. with increasing clouds throughout the day and a high near 106. Tonight, the chance of rain increases to 50 percent before 11 p.m. The low will be around 80. The Pinal County Department of Air Quality has issued an airborne coarse particle high pollution advisory for the day.

Tuesday is expected to partly sunny with a 30-percent chance of rain in the afternoon and a high near 103. The overnight low will be around 81 as the likelihood of rain stays at 30 percent, mostly before 11 p.m.

Wednesday, the forecast sees a 40-percent chance of showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. The day will be mostly cloudy with a high near 102. The nighttime low will be around 80 as the chance of rain increases to 40 percent.

Thursday may be partly sunny with a high near 101. The chance of rain will be 20 percent between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. The overnight low will be around 80.

Friday, the chance of showers decreases to 10 percent as the day will be partly sunny and the high near 104. The nighttime low will be around 80 as the likelihood of rain increases to 20 percent

The weekend, from this far out, looks much the same, with triple-digit high temperatures and noticeable humidity.

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The sun will be baking this weekend.

Thursday is predicted to be the hottest day of the year, to be followed by a scorching, humid weekend. But a semblance of “monsoon” weather behavior may be on the horizon.

Today will be sunny with temperatures expected to hit 114 degrees F. Get safety tips for the excessive heat warning. There will be little letup overnight as the low will be 92 under partly cloudy skies, though a 15 mph breeze could gust to 20 mph.

Friday, too, will likely be sunny and hot, with the high reaching 113. Winds are expected to increase to 20 mph, bringing gusts of 30 mph. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 85.

Saturday is forecast to be sunny and hot with a high near 112 and light winds. Overnight, there will be partly cloudy skies with a low of 85 and a 10-percent chance of showers.

Sunday comes with a 10 percent chance of showers in the afternoon and a high near 111. The chance of rain increases to 30 percent overnight, with the low around 82 and calm winds.

The triple digits continue into next week, as do the daily chances of rain or thunderstorms.

Take precautions against excessive heat and what could be record temperatures.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning from 10 a.m. Thursday to 9 p.m.

Temperatures are expected to reach 113 Thursday and 114 on Friday.

Impacts include an increased potential for heat related illness. Those working or participating in outdoor activities during the afternoon hours or those without access to adequate air conditioning will be most at risk.

Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars. Drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. When outdoors, wear light colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and body cooler. Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Early symptoms include things such as headache, thirst, and muscle cramps. Serious symptoms include weakness, skin that is cool to the touch, fast but weak pulse, nausea, and fainting. Severe symptoms include hot and red dry skin, fast and strong Pulse, sweating that has stopped, and unconsciousness. Untreated heat illness can lead to fatal heat stroke.

The weather for this July 4 will be typical for Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Enjoy it while you can. The relatively mild temperatures that start off the week and lead into the Fourth of July will turn to blistering hot by week’s end, according to the National Weather Service.

Today will be sunny with a high near 108 degrees F and only mild breezes. Tonight will be clear with a low around 76.

Tuesday is forecast to be identical, with sunny skies and high near 108 during the day and a low of 76 at night.

Independence Day, Wednesday, again is expected to have a high temperature of 108. The night will be clear for those watching fireworks, and the low is expected to be 78. The average high on the Fourth of July is 107.

Thursday is set on sizzle, with lots of sun and a high of 113. The night should be mostly clear with the low temperature dipping only as low as 87.

Friday, prepare for sunny and hot and a high of 114. Overnight, the forecast sees a 10-percent chance of showers before 11 p.m. and a low around 86.

From this distance, the weekend forecast hints at a slight chance of rain and mostly just hot days.

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Blue skies reign over Harrah's Ak-Chin hotel, which opened its new lobby this week. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A warm weekend with sturdy breezes is in store for Maricopa. According to the National Weather Service, there will be a pattern of sunny mornings and a few afternoon clouds.

Today, the high is expected to reach 109 degrees F, high enough for a continued heat warning. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 75 and breezes of 10-15 mph gusting to 20 mph.

Friday, the heat will ease to a high of 106 with continued breezes of 5-15 mph under sunny skies. Expect some evening clouds and a low around 73.

Saturday‘s forecast sees sunny skies during the day and a high near 105. The overnight low will be around 73 with just a few clouds.

Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high near 106 and a calm wind of just 5 mph. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 75 and winds increasing to 10 mph.

Next week will be back to hot temperatures with possible heat warnings, including a predicted high of 109 for Independence Day.

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Hidden Valley shows elevated levels

Pinal County Department of Air Quality issued an ozone high-pollution advisory for Pinal County on Wednesday.

Forecast weather conditions (sunny and 112 in Maricopa) combined with existing ozone levels are expected to result in ozone concentrations that pose a health risk.

Ozone is an air contaminant that can cause breathing difficulties for children and people with respiratory problems. A decrease in physical activity is recommended.

Particulate matter (PM10) in and around Hidden Valley was elevated again Tuesday morning, according to the air-quality department.

“While the Hidden Valley PM10 daily average isn’t expected to exceed the health standard today, these elevated early morning hours show that there still is the possibility on any given day, and it’s all dependent on local dust generating activities, local dust controls and Mother Nature,” forecaster Scott DiBiasi stated.

By Thursday, increased winds may bring in some clouds. At this point, however, no rain is in the weekend forecast.