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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.

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Clear skies over Cobblestone Farms. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

High temperatures this week will alternate between plain hot and excessively hot in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today will be sunny with the high topping out around 107 degrees F. Skies will remain clear overnight as the low bottoms out around 73.

Tuesday, the forecast is sunny with heat entering the heat-warning zone with a high of 111. The nighttime low will be around 75.

Wednesday is expected to the hottest day of the week, despite increasing winds. The high may reach 112 during the day, while the overnight low is 75. Breezes from the west may grow to 15 mph.

Thursday, the heat will still be dangerous under sunny skies, but the high is expected to be only 109. Overnight, the low will be around 75 with winds gust up to 25 mph.

Friday, look for highs near 107 again with sunny skies and continued breezes. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 74 and gusting winds.

That leads to a weekend of normal hot temperatures and decreasing breezes.

Nothing but blue skies and heat in store this weekend in Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Thursday and into Friday morning. In parts of Pinal County, an air-quality alert is in place, as well.

Today will be sunny and hot, with a high near 110 degrees F. Skies will remain clear overnight as the low will be around 77.

Friday is expected to be more of the same, with a high temperature near 111. The nighttime low will be around 77.

Saturday will remain sunny but the high will drop to around 107. The overnight low will be about 73 degrees under clear skies.

Sunday‘s forecast includes sun and a high near 104. The overnight low will be around 72.

Temperatures are expected to climb back into the danger zone of 110 and higher at the start of next week.

During a heat warning, there is increased potential for heat-related illness. Those active outside during afternoon hours or those without access to air conditioning are most at risk.

Pinal County Department of Air Quality issued an ozone high-pollution advisory, indicating ozone levels can lead to respiratory problems.

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa’s triple-digit temperatures will gradually climb back into the danger zone later this week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today will be sunny with a high just around 100 degrees F. Skies will remain clear over night with a low around 69.

Tuesday, expect more clear skies and a high of 103 during the day and an overnight low of 71.

Wednesday the high will be near 107, the zone of a heat watch, while the sky remains sunny. The nighttime low will be around 74.

Thursday is forecast to shoot back into excessive-heat-warning territory with a high of 110 under sunny skies. The overnight low is expected to be around 75.

Friday expects more of the same, with sunny skies and high near 112. Breezes are forecast to begin a pickup to 5-15 mph. The nighttime low may be around 75.

That leads into a weekend that, from this distance, is forecast to be hot and breezy, with gusting winds doing little to cool things off.

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With clouds moving in, high temperatures are expected to drop into the 90s this weekend. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The National Weather Service is still predicting a chance of showers as part of Maricopa’s weekend weather.

Today‘s weather continues an excessive heat warning as the high temperature is expected to be 108 with mostly sunny skies. The nighttime low will be around 82.

Friday, however, comes in with lots of clouds and a 20-percent chance of showers. The high will likely only be 95. During the night, the likelihood of rain jumps to 40 percent and low will be around 71.

Saturday, there is a 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 a.m. Afterward, the day will be mostly sunny with a high near 97. Breezes will increase to 10-15 mph with gusts of 20 mph. By nighttime, the chance for rain will decrease to 10 percent, and the low will be around 69.

Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high of 100. The overnight low will be around 67.

That leads to a week of steady triple digits and clear skies.

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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.

Afternoon clouds will make only a passing acquaintance with Maricopa this weekend. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

It will be a hot weekend with slight breezes and only passing clouds for Maricopa and a continuing heat warning, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with an expected high of 107 degrees F. Winds will be 5-15 mph in the afternoon, with gusts up to 20 mph. Tonight will be clear with a low around 69.

Friday the forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 109 and breezes of 5-10 mph. The overnight low will be around 73.

Saturday will likely be sunny and hot, with a high near 110. The nighttime low will be around 73.

Sunday’s forecast sees lots of sun and a high near 108. Winds will return to 5-15 mph with 20-mph gusts. The night is expected to be mostly clear with a low around 72.

The triple digits remain in place for next week, though a few more high clouds will move in.

The overpass is under construction, but anyone working outside this week is under a heat warning. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

This week begins and ends under a heat advisory as residents are asked to take extra caution when outside, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny and hot, with the high expected to reach 110 degrees F. The NWS heat warning from Sunday continues. The night will be mostly clear with a low of 72 and winds of 5-10 mph gusting as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday, expect another sunny day and a high near 107. The overnight low will be around 70 under mostly clear skies.

Wednesday will look similar, with sunny skies and a high near 106 followed by an nighttime low of 70.

Thursday‘s expected high is 108 with light and variable winds and sunny skies. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 73.

Friday‘s high climbs back to 109 with sun and calm winds. Expect an overnight low of 78.

By Saturday, the high temperature will shoot back to 110, keeping the heat warning in place for all outdoor activities during the coming weekend.

The excessive heat warning indicates an increased potential for heat-related illness, especially for those working outside in the afternoon. Drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugar and caffeine. Wear light-colored clothing and wide-brimmed hat when working outside and take frequent rests. Never leave a child or animal in a vehicle.

Early symptoms of heat illness include 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.

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Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Get ready for a scorching weekend. The National Weather Service is forecasting excessive heat on Sunday in a week of triple-digit temperatures.

Today will be sunny with a high near 102 degrees F. Winds are expected to be 10-15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Tonight will be clear with a low around 66.

Friday, winds will calm to around 5 mph as the day remains sunny and the high reaches only 101. The overnight low will be around 69.

Saturday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 106. The night is expected to be clear with a low around 71.

Sunday, prepare for a high near 109 under sunny skies and only calm breezes. The night will be clear with a low around 72.

Monday, also, is expected to have a high of 109 to start of another warm week.