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Enjoy the next few days as it will be cooler in the Maricopa area through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 85 and winds 5-10 mph. Tonight, expect increasing clouds with a low around 50.

Friday will be partly sunny and cooler with a high of just 78 and winds 5-10 mph. Friday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 53.

Saturday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 80 and winds 5-10 mph. Saturday night should remain mostly clear with a low around 52. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.

Sunday will warm up and be sunny with a high near 88. South-southeast wind around 5 mph becoming north-northwest in the afternoon. Sunday night will remain mostly clear with a low around 56 and west-northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Next week will start out warm with highs into the 90s on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday expect a high of 96 in the Valley of the Sun.

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Highs will continue in the 80s through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. There is no moisture in the forecast. Basically, it’s just going to continue to be a little warmer than normal, but it is Arizona.

Today will be sunny with a high near 86 and winds 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight will remain clear, with a low around 51.

Friday is forecast to be sunny again with a high near 83 and winds 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Friday night will become mostly cloudy with a low around 50.

Saturday will likely be partly sunny but warm, with a high near 84. Saturday night, skies will clear and the low will be around 51.

Sunday is predicted to remain sunny with a high near 85. Sunday night will be mostly clear with a low around 53.

Next week expect more of the same sunshine with highs in the upper 80s and nearing the 90 mark on Tuesday. Remember, Monday is April Fools’ Day, also called All Fools’ Day. It has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, but its exact origins remain a mystery. Enjoy the day but don’t get fooled – you’re better than that.

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Crews prepare Honeycutt Road for a median under blue skies. Photo by Jim Headley

Little will be changing in the weather this week. The sun will continue to shine most of the week and highs will hover in the mid-80s all week long, according to the National Weather Service. No precipitation is forecast for the entire week.

Today will be sunny with a high near 85. Tonight, expect mostly clear skies with a low around 53.

Tuesday, Maricopa will likely experience increasing clouds with a high near 89. Tuesday evening will be mostly cloudy with a low around 56 and calm winds.

Wednesday is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a high near 88. Wednesday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 54.

Thursday will be sunny with a high near 85 and light southwest wind of 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night expect mostly clear skies with a low around 52.

Friday will again be sunny with a high near 83 and winds 5-10 mph. Friday night will remain mostly clear with a low around 50.

This weekend expect more of the same – sunshine and more sunshine – with highs in the mid-80s all weekend and dry. Enjoy the week and remember next Monday is April Fools Day. Don’t be taken in by your friends’ sinister tricks.

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Workers set up for Saturday's Salsa Fest. Photo by Jim Headley

The weather this weekend in Maricopa will be perfect, according to the National Weather Service. Highs in the 70s, hitting 80 on Sunday, light winds and sunshine are in your future.

Today will remain mostly sunny with a high near 71. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 46.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 73. The night is expected to have mostly clear skies with a low around 47.

Saturday is likely to be, you guessed it, sunny with a high near 78 for Salsa Festival. Saturday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 49.

Sunday, too, is looking sunny with a high near 80. Sunday night will again be mostly clear with a low around 49.

Next week will remain mostly sunny with highs in the 80s and light winds. Highs are expected to inch close to 90 Tuesday.

 

Thermometers will display into the 80s this week as the sun will shine most of the time, according to the National Weather Service. Light sprinkles and showers are possible Wednesday and Thursday.

Today is sunny with a high near 82. Tonight will be clear, with a low around 53.

Tuesday expect sunny skies with a high near 84. Tuesday night will become partly cloudy with a low around 55.

Wednesday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 81 and breezes 5-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Wednesday night will have a chance of sprinkles with a slight chance of showers before 11 p.m., then a slight chance of showers after 11 p.m. with a low around 50. Winds of 5-15 mph may gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Thursday a chance of sprinkles is expected between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., then a slight chance of showers after 2 p.m. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 71. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Thursday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 46.

Friday sunny skies will return with a high near 73. Friday night will be mostly clear with a low around 48.

The weekend will remain mostly sunny with a high near 76.

 

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This weekend will remain dry and high temperatures will top out in the 70s through Saturday with a high of 80 expected on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

This afternoon will be sunny with a high near 63 and calm wind. Tonight, will remain clear with a low around 41.

Friday will have increasing clouds with a high near 73 and winds gusting as high as 20 mph. Friday Night is expected to be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 48.

Saturday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 77 and winds 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Saturday night should be mostly clear, with a low around 50.

Sunday likely will be sunny with a high near 80. Sunday night is expected to remain mostly clear with a low around 50.

Next week will start out warmer and sunny with a high near 82.

 

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Without a doubt, it will rain this week. Starting late Monday afternoon, the chance of rain escalates from 30 to 100 percent chance after 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Expect between a quarter and a half inch of rain. Showers are expected to continue through Tuesday. The rest of the week will remain mild with highs in the mid-60s and into the 70s late in the week.

Today, there is a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4 p.m., and increasing clouds, with a high near 72. Tonight, showers will continue with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday, expect showers before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 11 a.m. and noon, and then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Tuesday night expect a slight chance of showers before 11 p.m., then a chance of sprinkles after 11 p.m., with partly cloudy and a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Wednesday is forecast to be sunny, with a high near 65 and winds 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Wednesday night should be clear with a low around 39.

Thursday, too, is expected to be sunny, with a high near 65. Thursday night is expected to be clear with a low around 41.

Friday is likely to be mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Friday Night will be partly cloudy with a low around 47.

Temperatures are expected to climb through the weekend.

 

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Don’t look for any moisture to fall this weekend. Temperatures will remain mild with highs in the 60s and 70s and lows into the 40s, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is partly sunny, with a high near 78. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 52.

Friday is expected to be mostly cloudy, then gradually become sunny, with a high near 67 and winds 15 to 20 mph gusting as high as 25 mph. Friday night should be clear with a low around 41.

Saturday is likely to be sunny, with a high near 68. Saturday night is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 43.

Sunday is forecast to be sunny, with a high near 73 and winds 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Sunday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 47.

Next week comes with a high chance for showers.

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It will be quite a bit warmer this week, with highs expected to be into the 80s Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will top out Wednesday with a forecast high of 87 expected. Moisture is forecast to return Friday and Friday night. Enjoy the 80s.

Today is mostly sunny with a high near 75. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 47.

Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 81. Tuesday night is expected to be mostly cloudy with a low around 52.

Wednesday the forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a high near 87 and winds of 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Wednesday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 56. Breezy with a southwest wind 5 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Thursday is likely to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 78 and winds 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night mostly cloudy skies with a low around 53.

Friday, a 30 percent chance of showers is expected, mainly after 11 a.m. The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high near 69 and winds 10 to 15 mph gusting as high as 25 mph. Friday night there is a 40 percent chance of showers with a low around 42 and winds 5 to 15 mph gusting as high as 20 mph.

The weekend is expected to be in the 60s with calmer winds.

 

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Crews work quickly on the overpass bridge for the grade-separation project. Photo by Jim Headley

Weather patterns are starting to return to normal with highs in the 70s and lows around 50. It looks dry through Monday with only a 10 percent chance of showers Saturday.

Today will be sunny with a high near 76. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 49.

Friday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 78. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 52.

Saturday there is a 10 percent chance of showers after 11 a.m. The rest of the day is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 78 and winds 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Saturday night is expected to be mostly clear with a low around 51.

Sunday look for sunny skies with a high near 74 and wind 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night will be mostly clear with a low around 49.

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High water cleared off and roads reopened in time for sunnier days in Maricopa. Photo by Jim Headley

After all that cold and moisture last week, temperatures will rebound into the 70s this week. The showers and rain from last week also disappear from the forecast for a while.

Today will be partly sunny with a high near 67. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 39.

Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 71 and calm wind. Tuesday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 47 and calm wind.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with a high near 75. Wednesday night expect mostly clear skies with a low around 47.

Thursday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 76. Thursday night mostly clear skies are expected with a low around 47.

Friday will continue to be mostly sunny with a high near 75. Friday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 49.

The weekend is expected to be sunny and even warmer.

Photo by Jim Headley

Moisture is expected to continue for the Maricopa area through Saturday morning. Rain will even be heavy at times tonight and Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Bundle up and stay dry.

Today rain will continue with a high near 53. The day will be breezy with a west-southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, and gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible. Tonight, there will be rain before 3 a.m. turning to showers. The low is expected around 39 with south-southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Friday a 50 percent chance of showers is forecast. The day is forecast to be partly sunny with a high near 51 and breezy with a southwest wind 5 to 15 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible. Friday night a 10 percent chance of showers is forecast before 11 p.m. The evening will be mostly clear with a low around 30.

Saturday is likely to be sunny with a high near 54. Saturday night, expect mostly clear skies with a low around 31.

Sunday will have mostly sunny skies and a high near 61. Sunday night will be mostly clear with a low around 36.

Next week is expected to start out sunny with a high near 65.

 

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Maricopa is likely to see clouds and showers all week. Photo by Jim Headley

Moisture will continue through most of the week ahead with showers forecast to fall every day except Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. It will also be cooler as high temperatures will reach only the mid-50s all week.

Today, Washington’s Birthday, showers are likely mostly before 11 a.m. The day will be partly sunny with a high near 56 and winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible. Tonight, a 10 percent chance of showers continues before 11 p.m. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 34.

Tuesday is expected to be sunny with a high near 55 and winds 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday night will be clear with a low around 29.

Wednesday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 55 and calm wind. Wednesday night a 10 percent chance of showers is expected after 11 p.m. The evening will be mostly cloudy with a low around 37.

Thursday, showers are likely mainly after 11 a.m. while the day is mostly cloudy with a high near 55 and wind 10 to 15 mph, and gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Thursday night is forecast to be filled with showers and a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday a 50 percent chance of showers is expected while the day is mostly cloudy with a high near 53. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Friday night a 30 percent chance of showers is predicted, mainly before 11 p.m. with a low around 33.

Skies are expected to clear for the weekend.

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Storms from California are dropping rain on Maricopa this weekend. Photo by Jim Headley

It looks like it will remain wet through the weekend with highs in the 60s, according to the National Weather Service. It will be a little cooler on Sunday as the high is expected to only reach 59.

This afternoon rain, yes, rain will continue with a steady temperature around 61. of precipitation is 90 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible. Tonight expect more rain before 11 p.m., then a chance of showers and a low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Friday there is a 10 percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. Then the day is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Friday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 44.

Saturday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 62 and winds 10 to 15 mph. Saturday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 38.

Sunday there is a 10 percent chance of showers after 11 a.m. The day is likely to be mostly sunny with a high near 59 and winds 10 to 15 mph gusting as high as 20 mph. Sunday night a 20 percent chance of showers is forecast under partly cloudy skies with a low around 37. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Monday, Washington’s Birthday comes with a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11 a.m., and a high near 56.

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It is expected to remain nice and pleasant with highs in the 60s this week, according to the National Weather Service. Showers are expected to be moving into the area beginning midweek. The moisture is expected to stay with us into the weekend.

Today is sunny with a high near 60 and northwest winds at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 32.

Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 68. Tuesday night may be mostly cloudy with a low around 40.

Wednesday is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a high near 69. The night has a 40 percent chance of showers and a low around 51.

Thursday, plan for a 50 percent chance of showers during a mostly cloudy with a high near 69. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Thursday night a 30 percent chance of showers continues, mainly before 11 p.m., with a low around 51.

Friday has a 20 percent chance of showers. The forecast is for partly sunny with a high near 69. Friday Night a 10 percent chance of showers will be expected under mostly cloudy skies with a low around 48.

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Mostly clear skies and sub-freezing temperatures are expected. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Bundle up, folks, the mercury is going to fall below freezing Thursday night as temperatures will hit 30 degrees. It will be cold again Friday night as the low is expected to be 35.

Today will be sunny with a high near 57. Tonight will be clear and freezing with a low around 30.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 65. Nighttime will be mostly clear with a low around 35.

Saturday, expect partly sunny, with a high near 65. Saturday night is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 35.

Sunday is likely to be mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Sunday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 38.

Next week starts with mostly sunny skies, highs in the low 60s and chilly winds gusting up to 20 mph.

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It is going to remain damp early in the week then become quite a bit cooler in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service. Freezing or near freezing temperatures are forecast Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Today there is a 10-percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny with a high near 66 with wind 5 to 10 mph. Tonight expect a 10-percent chance of showers after 11 p.m. with partly cloudy skies and a low around 46.

Tuesday there is a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11 a.m. the day is likely to be partly sunny with a high near 65 and winds 10 to 15 mph gusting as high as 20 mph. Tuesday night a 30-percent chance of showers is forecast. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a low around 43. Winds continue around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday is forecast to be mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Wednesday night expect mostly clear skies with a low around 33 and winds 5 to 10 mph becoming light after midnight.

Thursday sees sunny skies with a high near 57. Thursday night should be clear but cold with a low around 32.

Friday expect sunny skies, with a high near 65. Friday night will likely be partly cloudy with a low around 36.

At this point, the rest of the weekend looks to be mostly sunny with high temperatures in the 60s.

 

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Rain is expected throughout the weekend in Maricopa. Photo by Jim Headley

It’s about to get a little wetter in Maricopa as showers are forecast the rest of this week, according to the National Weather Service. Up to a half-inch of rain may fall on Saturday.

Today is mostly sunny with a high near 74. Tonight expect a slight chance of showers, then a stronger chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 p.m. The night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent overnight. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts are possible if thunderstorms develop.

Friday there is a 20 percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. then mostly sunny with a high near 71. Friday night should be mostly cloudy with a low around 49.

Saturday, a 30 percent chance of showers exists mainly after 11 a.m. The forecast is for partly sunny with a high near 71 and south southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. On Saturday night showers are very likely with a prediction of mostly cloudy skies and a low around 50. Winds will be 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 65. Sunday night should be mostly clear with a low around 44.

Next week starts with a temperate, mostly sunny day with breezes up to 10 mph.

 

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Temperatures will remain mild this week but there is an elevated chance of showers Thursday.

Monday afternoon will be sunny with a high near 73. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Tuesday is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a high near 71. Tuesday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 44.

Wednesday is set to be partly sunny with a high near 72. Wednesday night expect mostly cloudy skies with a low around 45.

Thursday there is a 10-percent chance of showers after 11 a.m. with partly sunny skies and a high near 73. Thursday night will have a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy with a low around 47.

Friday will likely be mostly sunny with a high near 71. Friday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 48. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

The weekend holds a 20-percent chance of rain and highs in the upper 60s.

Blue skies are forecast for the weekend. Photo by Jim Headley

Not much will be changing in the weather arena this weekend as highs will remain near 70 and lows will continue to dip into the upper 30s, according to the National Weather Service. No expectations of frost are in the weekend forecast.

Today is sunny with a high near 67. Tonight will be clear with a low around 37.

Friday is expected to be sunny with a high near 69. Friday night expect clear skies with a low around 37.

Saturday is also forecast to be sunny with a high near 70. Saturday night will be clear with a low around 38.

Sunday is likely to be sunny with a high near 70. Sunday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 39.

That pattern is expected to continue into next week.

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Maricopa temperatures are expected to cool this week. Photo by Jim Headley

Just when it was starting to remain a little warmer overnight, lows this week will again fall dangerously near the freezing mark, according to the National Weather Service. On the upside, highs will remain nicely in the 60s all week.

Today (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) is sunny with a high near 65. A south wind 5 to 10 mph will become west 15 to 20 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Tonight will be clear with a low around 36. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 62. At night, expect clear skies with a low around 34.

Wednesday is also expected to be sunny with a high near 63. Wednesday night will remain clear with a low around 34.

Thursday is likely to be sunny, with a high near 68. Thursday night will be mostly clear, with a low around 36.

Friday look for partly sunny skies, with a high near 69. Friday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 37.

 

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Weather in Arizona can become more of the same. Look for highs in the 60s and 70s this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, will be rather windy at 10-15 mph and gust up to 20 mph.

Today is mostly sunny with a high near 69. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 47.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 67 and winds of 5-10 mph. Friday night, expect mostly clear skies with a low around 40.

Saturday is also expected to be sunny with a high near 68 and winds of 5-10 mph. Saturday night will be mostly clear with a low around 39.

Sunday is likely to be even warmer, mostly sunny with a high near 71. Sunday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 41.

Monday (MLK Day) has a forecast of sunny with a high near 69 and variable winds becoming west northwest 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

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Blue skies will give way to clouds and rain this week. photo by Jim Headley

Some light to moderate shower activity is expected in the area in the week ahead, according to the National Weather Service. Showers are likely Monday evening through Tuesday night. Wednesday is expected to be dry but showers return on Thursday.

Today is cloudy then gradually becoming mostly sunny with a high near 66 degrees F. Tonight expect a 30-percent chance of showers, mainly after midnight. The night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 46.

Tuesday, showers are likely in the afternoon, and the day will be mostly cloudy with a high near 63. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Tuesday night there is a 40-percent chance of showers before midnight. Overnight forecast is for mostly cloudy with a low around 43.

Wednesday is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 66. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 42 and calm winds.

Thursday is likely to be partly sunny with a high near 67. Overnight, a 20-percent chance of showers reappears under partly cloudy skies and a low around 44.

Friday, there is a 10-percent chance of showers before noon. Otherwise, the day will be mostly sunny with a high near 65. Light and variable wind may become west northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning. The night will be mostly clear with a low around 37. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph is becoming east after midnight.

The weekend will welcome back the sun, according to the long-term forecast.

 

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The weekend forecast is a mixed bag. Photo by Raquel

There is a 10 to 20 percent chance of showers this weekend in Maricopa, according to the National Weather System. Otherwise highs will be in the 60s and lows will fall into the 40s.

Tonight is expected to be mostly clear with a low around 38 degrees F. West southwest wind around 5 mph will become south southeast after midnight.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 65 and calm wind. Friday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 38.

Saturday, there is a 10-percent chance of showers after 11 a.m. but mostly sunny with a high near 66. Saturday night expect a 20-percent chance of showers under partly cloudy skies and a low around 40.

Sunday is likely to be mostly sunny with a high near 66. Sunday night will also be mostly cloudy with a low around 43.

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Photo by Jim Headley

The weather in the Maricopa area will become more normal this week as temperatures stretch into the 60s and lows stay in the 40s, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, look for areas of dense fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, it will be sunny with a high near 62 degrees F. Tonight, expect mostly clear skies with a low around 37.

Tuesday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 67. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 44.

Wednesday is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 67. Nighttime will be partly cloudy with a low around 45.

Thursday also is likely to be partly sunny with a high near 67. At night expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 43.

Friday has a forecast of sunny with a high near 66. Friday night should be partly cloudy with a low around 43 and calm winds.

The weekend, at this point, has possible rain looming.

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Blue skies aren't expected to last long this weekend in Maricopa. Photo by Jim Headley

This week has been terribly cold in Maricopa, but that’s going to change in the weekend ahead as temps will jump into the 60s. Rain showers are also likely Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with a high near 54. Tonight will be clear with a low around 28.

Friday is likely to be sunny with a high near 63. At night, expect mostly clear skies with a low around 34.

Saturday is forecast to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. During the night, showers are likely, mainly after 11 p.m., with cloudy skies and a low around 42. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible.

Sunday, showers are likely, mainly before 11 a.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 57. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible. Sunday night a 30 percent chance of showers will continue, mainly before 11 p.m. Skies will be partly cloudy with a low around 37.

Sunny skies are expected to return Monday.

 

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A hard-freeze warning will be in place from midnight to 9 a.m. Thursday.

 

People in the Valley of the Sun have always been cool, but lately it’s been a little too cold to be hip.

The National Weather Service issued a hard-freeze warning for the early hours Wednesday and again on Thursday from midnight to 9 a.m. Wednesday, temperatures dropped to 28 in Maricopa, far from the record low of 23 set in 1919.

However, the Weather Service is predicting a low tonight of just 24 degrees in Maricopa, which could break the all-time record for Jan. 3 of 25 degrees F, also set in 1919. Historic weather data is based in Phoenix for this region.

The Weather Service’s warning states, “Freezing temperatures could kill sensitive vegetation and damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. A Hard Freeze Warning means temperatures will drop well below the freezing mark. It is recommended that measures be taken to protect exposed plumbing as well as sensitive crops and landscaping. Pets should be brought inside.”

It’s not just northern Arizona getting all the winter weather.

“It looks like a second night of very cold temperatures are on the way,” National Weather Service meteorologist Marvin Pracha said. “This morning, there were areas that actually stayed up (in temperatures) because of the wind. We are expecting less wind tomorrow and tonight. We still have a hard freeze warning in effect across the region.”

While the Phoenix area didn’t get snow New Year’s Day, Tucson was hit with measurable snow. Tombstone had so much snow overnight, all roads into the historic city were closed on Wednesday morning.

Pracha said weather this cold is uncommon but not unrepresented in southern Arizona. Pracha said meteorologists’ best recollection of the most recent weather of that type in the region was January 2001. The late afternoon high for Tombstone is expected to be just 38 degrees, with a low of 16 tonight.

Wednesday, Cochise County was expecting 2-6 inches of snow falling through the day, with up to 7 inches at higher elevations.

Tucson received 1-2 inches of snow overnight and it ended by 9 a.m.

No snow is predicted for Maricopa or the Phoenix area in the upcoming forecast, with a high of 49 expected today and the low of 24 tonight and calm winds about 5 mph. It will get warmer starting midday Thursday with a high of 54 and a low of 28 expected.

Friday will seem balmy with an expected high of 62 and a low of just 33. There is a 20 percent chance of showers Saturday with a high of 62 and a low of 42.

 

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Clouds hang over midtown Maricopa in anticipation of rain Monday. Photo by Jim Headley

If you’re going out on New Year’s Eve you might want to take your rain gear as light showers are expected, according to the National Weather Service. Wednesday will remain cold but temps start picking up on Thursday and Friday with 50s and 60s expected. Enjoy 2019!

Today, showers likely after 11 a.m. Increasing clouds with a high near 55 and winds of 10 to 15 mph are predicted. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible. Monday night expect a 50 percent chance of showers. The night will be mostly cloudy then gradually becoming mostly clear with a low around 32 and west wind 5 to 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

New Year’s Day is expected to be sunny with a high near 48 and northwest winds around 5 mph. Tuesday night will be mostly clear with a low around 27. North northwest wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday also has a sunny forecast with a high near 47. The overnight low will be around 26.

Thursday is likely to be sunny with a high near 56 and east northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night should be mostly clear with a low around 29.

Friday’s forecast is for sunny skies with a high near 62 and east wind around 5 mph. Friday night, expect partly cloudy skies with a low around 36.

From this vantage point, the weekend is seeing partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures.

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The desert around Maricopa will feel the sun and freezing temperatures this weekend. Photo by Jim Headley

Light precipitation is expected in the Maricopa area Thursday then highs will be into the 50s through the weekend. Nightly lows are expected to dip below freezing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Today is mostly sunny with a high near 60. Light and variable wind are becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Tonight expect a 30 percent chance of showers and partly cloudy with a low around 35.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 53. Friday night will be mostly clear with a low around 27 with a west southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Saturday is also likely to be sunny with a high near 54. Saturday night will be clear with a low around 27. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday has a sunny forecast with a high near 55 and calm wind. Sunday night, expect mostly clear skies with a low around 27.

That pattern is expected to continue through the rest of the year.

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Blue skies belie coming rain and wind during Christmas in Maricopa. Photo by Jim Headley

 

Light rain and possibly thunderstorms are expected to enter this week’s forecast as daily high temperatures are expected to fall.

Today will be sunny with a high near 69 and calm winds becoming east around 5 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 44. A north wind around 5 mph will become south southwest after midnight.

Christmas Day, there is a slight chance of showers and then a chance of thunderstorms after 11 a.m. with increasing clouds and a high near 64. Wind gusts as high as 20 mph are expected. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Tuesday night a chance of showers and thunderstorms are expected before 11 p.m. then a slight chance of showers the rest of the night and a low around 41. Chance of precipitation overnight is 40 percent.

Wednesday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 58 and west wind 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 37. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 58. There is a 20-percent chance of showers overnight, with partly cloudy skies and a low around 35.

Friday, there is a 10-percent chance of showers before 11 a.m. The rest of the day is expected to be sunny with a high near 54. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 32. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.

The weekend, from this vantage point, is expected to be sunny but cold.