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This coming week looks to be hot and humid after a wet start this week, according to the National Weather Service. A flash flood warning on Monday will likely give way to mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures which should carry on into the weekend as the chance of precipitation begins to increase on Friday.

Today’s forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of rain dropping to around a 10 percent chance in the early afternoon and evening while a daily high temperature reaches up around 94 and the low dips down near 81.

Tuesday should see mostly sunny skies less than 10 percent chance for rain, a high around 100 and a low near 82

Wednesday looks to again be mostly sunny with a high temperature around 104 in the daytime and a low near 84 at night.

Thursday will likely also see mostly sunny skies a high around 106 during the day and a low near 85 at night.

Friday should see a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms starting in the late afternoon and carrying on throughout the day as temperatures reach a high around 102 and a low near 84.

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Though washes are flowing and monsoon clouds continue, skies will remain mostly clear this weekend over Maricopa with a sparse chance of precipitation carrying on into next week, according to the National Weather Service. There is a slight chance of heavy winds on Saturday and Sunday, with peak temperatures likely hanging somewhere around 103.

Friday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a 10 percent chance of rain throughout the day, a high around 102 and low near 85.

Saturday will likely also be mostly sunny with a 10-20 percent chance of rain throughout the day as temperatures reach a high around 103 and then drop to a low near 85 as winds pick up to around 20 mph in the evening.

Sunday should be partly cloudy with a 10-20 percent chance of rain throughout the day as temperatures again reach a high around 103. Winds will increase to around 25 mph in the evening pushing the temperature down near 85.

Monday will likely again see partly cloudy skies with a 10-20 percent chance of rain, a high of around 101 and low near 84.

Photo by Mason Callejas

Maricopa’s first taste of the 2017 monsoon season will likely dissipate around Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. After a weekend of high winds and flashflood warnings the Valley should see relatively calm and cooler skies as daily highs hover within a few degrees of 100 all week long while winds are expected to settle down around 5-10 mph.

Today is forecast to be partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of rain, a high of around 96 and a low near 80.

Tuesday will likely be mostly cloudy with a 20-30 percent chance of rain, a high around 97 and a low near 81.

Wednesday should be partly sunny with only a 10-20 percent chance of rain, a high around 100 and a low near 82.

Thursday looks to be mostly sunny with a 10 percent chance of rain, a high around 101 and a low near 85.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a 10 percent chance of rain in the evening, a high around 103 during the day and a low near 83 at night.

For the west side of town, sand bags will be available at the site of the old city hall (main map). For the east side of town, sand bag materials will be at the Bowlin Road dead end west of the fire station south of Rancho Mirage (inset map).

With the arrival of monsoon season in the Phoenix Valley, the Maricopa Fire/Medical Department has issued a few tips to help residents prepare for floods and dust storms, which increase in frequency this time of year.

Officially, the North American Monsoon Season began June 15, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy rains, however, typically don’t begin to fall until mid-July and last until mid-August.

Several weeks of dry winds often precede any torrential rainfall, increasing the likelihood of dangerous dust storms, also known as haboobs.

Precautions for dust storms, according to MFMD, are the same as the rest of the year:

  • Do not enter a dust storm if you can safely avoid it.
  • Turn on your headlights and slow down.

If visibility is impeded…

  • Slowly pull off as far as possible, to the right side of the road.
  • Turn off the car and headlights, including emergency flashers.
  • Set the parking brake and keep your foot off the brake pedal.
  • Keep your seatbelt on.

The MFMD also advises residents to “pay attention to hazard signs and roadblocks.”

When heavy rain begins, they urge drivers to take caution when driving. Aside from visibility, roads do become slick and accidents occur more frequently. Moreover, residents should also be aware of flood zones.

“If you see a sign that says, ‘Do Not Cross When Flooded’ take it seriously and find another way,” MFMD warns.

As a precaution, the city is also providing sand bags to help mitigate damage to homes and businesses threatened by flooding.

For residents on the east side of town, the MFMD said “black boxes with sand bags and filling instructions” can be found in the cul-de-sac end of West Bowlin Road, near MFMD station 572.

For residents on the west side of town, bags and sand can be found in front of the old city hall on the corner of Madison Avenue near Wilson Road.

The Emergency Operations Center will closely monitor the weather during this period and provide the community with emergency information “as needed.”

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A wet weekend could be in store as a 20-30 percent chance of rain will grace the skies over Maricopa well into next week, according to the National Weather Service.  Daily highs are expected to stay out of the 110s and winds are forecast to be relatively calm as the city could get its first sampling of the 2017 monsoon season.

Friday looks to be partly sunny with a 20-30 percent chance of rain throughout the day, a high of around 106 and a low near 88.

Saturday is likely to again be partly sunny with a 20-30 percent chance of rain throughout the day, a high of around 105 and a low near 87.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy and a 30 percent chance of rain, a nigh around 101 during the day and low near 86 at night.

Monday is forecast to again be partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of rain throughout the day, a high around 102 and a low near 87.

Photo by Mason Callejas

Monsoon activity could be around the corner for Maricopa as chances of rain will slowly increase this week, according to the National Weather service. Temperatures are likely to stay below the 110-degree mark while a 10-20 percent chance for rain will hang on all week, likely increasing to around 30 percent this weekend.

Today looks to be mostly sunny with a 10-20 percent chance of rain throughout the day, a high around 107 and a low near 87.

Tuesday will likely be partly cloudy with a 10 percent chance of rain all day long, a high around 106 and a low near 88.

Wednesday should also be partly cloudy with a 10-20 percent chance of rain throughout the day, a high around 106 and a low near 87.

Thursday looks to be mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of rain all day long, a high around 106 and a low near 88.

Friday will likely be mostly sunny, also with a 20 percent chance of rain throughout the day, a high around 106 and a low near 88.

Expect a little more humidity in the air this weekend in Maricopa. Photo by Mason Callejas

Wet weather could be in store for Maricopa this weekend, according to reports from the National Weather Service. An exceptionally hot Friday will likely give way to a few weekend showers, though any precipitation is not likely to cool things off much.

Friday is forecast to be sunny, calm and hot with a high near 113 during the day and a low near 89 at night as a slight 10 percent chance of showers moves in around 11 p.m.

Saturday should be partly cloudy and calm with a high around 109 during the day with a 10 percent chance of rain starting around noon turning into a 20 percent chance in the evening while the low drops down near 89.

Sunday will likely also be partly cloudy with an early 10 percent chance of showers during the day as the high reaches up near 107 and then drops to a low around 88 as the chance of rain increases to 20 percent.

Monday looks to see a continuation of the weekend weather cycle with an early 10 percent chance of rain becoming 20 percent in the evening as the daily high creeps up around 106 during the day and drops to a low around 88 at night.

Clear skies are expected for Independence Day, but be prepared for high temperatures.

As America’s birthday celebrations kick into gear Tuesday, Maricopa should expect clear skies and moderate to high heat which is likely to carry on throughout the week, according to the National Weather Service. A light wind may also move in midweek, bringing with it a small chance of rain over the weekend.

Today is forecast to be sunny and mostly clear with a high near 106 during the day and a low around 86 at night.

Independence Day (Tuesday) looks to again be sunny and mostly clear with a high around 109 during the day and a low near 85 at night.

Wednesday should be sunny and a bit breezy with a high near 110 during the day and a low around 86 at night while winds gust between 15-20 mph throughout the day.

Thursday will likely be sunny and hot with a high around 110 during the day and a low near 88 at night.

Friday looks to be mostly sunny and hot with a high around 111 during the day and a 20 percent chance of rain in the evening as the temperature drops to a low near 88.

Sunny and clear mark the weekend forecast for Maricopa. Photo by Mason Callejas

The North American Monsoon season seems to be picking up this weekend as daily highs are likely to stay below 110 while a bit of wind may move in on Saturday out of the southwest, according to a report from The National Weather Service. The late June influx of winds and their directional shift from the south and west typically indicates monsoon-like weather is just around the corner.

Friday looks to be sunny and clear with a high around 108 during the day and a low near 77 at night.

Saturday is likely to be sunny, clear and a bit breezy with a high near 109 during the day and a low around 80 at night with a mild 10 mph breeze gusting up to 25mph throughout the day.

Sunday should also be sunny and clear with a continuation of a mild breeze gusting up to 25mph while the high reaches up near 107 during the day and dips to a low of around 79 at night.

Monday looks to also be sunny and clear with a high around 107 during the day and a low near 80 at night as the breeze continues, gusting up to 20 mph throughout the day.

Heat and wind are in this week's Maricopa forecast. Photo by Mason Callejas

The National Weather Service is lifting the Excessive Heat Warning Monday evening, according to their weekly report. But keep your hats on, because as monsoon season rolls in, high winds are likely to follow the heat this week, with winds gusting between 25 and 30 mph into the weekend.

Today is likely to be sunny, hot and breezy with a high around 111 and a low near 84 with winds gusting between 15-25 mph throughout the day.

Tuesday looks to again be sunny, hot and a bit windy with a high around 110 and a low near 80 while winds gust up to around 30 mph throughout the day.

Wednesday should be sunny and mostly clear with a high around 108 and a low near 78 while a nice breeze gusts up to around 25 throughout the day.

Thursday is likely to be sunny and clear with a high around 106 and a low near 77 with a breeze gusting up to around 25 mph all day.

Friday looks to be sunny and clear with a high around 107 during the day and a low near 78 at night.

Bacon and eggs got crusty but not cooked in this experiment in hot-weather silliness.

Temperatures this week are inching closer to record-breaking figures. The excessive heat warning across the Valley has prompted many to stay indoors and away from the dangerous weather outside.

The InMaricopa editorial team decided to test how hot streets and cars get when temperatures near 120 degrees.

Reporters wanted to test the question many people ask this time of year: Can asphalt and the inside of vehicles heat up enough to cook food?

We investigated the theory behind blacktop breakfast and car-baked cookies Tuesday afternoon and found interesting results.

By the end of the experiment, reporters concluded that bacon and eggs are better prepared by traditional means. Although the pairing hardened in the sun, the asphalt did not cook either food item thoroughly.

However, cookie dough placed on a metal sheet inside a vehicle for nearly two hours did bake the dessert somewhat like an oven.

For health reasons it is best not to try these experiments at home, and don’t eat improperly cooked food.

Photo by Mason Callejas
An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for the valley of the sun this week, according to a report from the National Weather Service. Temperatures are likely to reach near record levels early in the week while daily highs are predicted to hang well above 110 on through to the weekend.  

Monday looks to be sunny and clear with a blistering high around 119 during the day giving way to a low of 84 at night.  

Tuesday could be the record-setting day as sunny and mostly clear skies kick the predicted high of 121 up within one degree of the record — 122 — before temperatures fall to near 85 at night.  

Wednesday is likely to also be sunny and clear, though a bit windy, as the daily high reaches 120 as winds gust to 20 mph on and off into the night when temperatures recede to 84.  

Thursday, too, is forecast to be sunny, clear and windy with a daily high near 116 as a 20-mph wind continues to blow on and off, cooling things down to a low of 82 at night.  

Friday should see a calming of the winds, though it will still likely be sunny and clear with a high near 113 during the day, dropping to a low around 82 at night  

The sun will be blazing this weekend and beyond in Maricopa. Photo by Mason Callejas

If you haven’t had your air conditioning serviced this season, now is the time to do it.

Rising temperatures this weekend are likely to push the thermometer up around 120 come Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday is forecast to be sunny and clear with a high around 110 during the day and a low near 73 at night.

Saturday looks to also be sunny and mostly clear with a high around 112 in the daytime and a low near 75 at night.

Sunday should be sunny and clear with a light 15 mph breeze throughout the day as the high creeps up around 115 during the day and the low drops to near 78 at night.

Monday is likely to be scorcher, with clear sunny skies and a high around 120 during the day and a low near 80 at night.

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 Pinal County Department of Air Quality has extended an Ozone High Pollution Advisory.

This means forecast weather conditions combined with existing ozone levels are expected to result in ozone concentrations that pose a health risk. Adverse health effects increase as air quality deteriorates.

Ozone is an air contaminant which can cause breathing difficulties for children as well as persons with respiratory problems. A decrease in physical activity is recommended. The use of gasoline-powered equipment should be reduced or done late in the day.

For details on this High Pollution Advisory for Pinal County, visit the Pinal County Department of Air Quality internet site at PinalCountyAZ.gov.

Clear skies and high temperatures will be the norm for this week in Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Monday’s relatively mild weather will lead into an increasingly hot week and an excessive heat watch this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday’s high is expected to reach only 93 while the day is sunny with breezes out of the west of 5-10 mph. The nighttime lows will be around 62.

Tuesday is forecast to warm up to 97 degrees and remain sunny with practically no wind. Overnight, the low will be around 65.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a dramatic rise in temperature to a high of 105 and winds increasing to 10 mph in the afternoon. The low overnight will be around 69 and skies are expected to remain clear.

Thursday will be sunny and hot, with a high climbing to 110. The low will be around 73 degrees.

Friday is expected to be even hotter, with a predicted high of 112. The nighttime low will be around 75 degrees.

The weekend is forecast to be increasingly hot, with an NWS Excessive Heat Watch in place June 17-19. That indicates a significant increase in the potential for heat-related illness for those working or exercising outdoors or with adequate air conditioning.

NWS reminds residents to never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugar and caffeine. Wear light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when outside.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Early symptoms 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.

Photo by Mason Callejas

Maricopa should prepare for summer-like temperatures as the air is likely to heat up this week, according to the National Weather Service. As monsoon season is forecast to arrive in the next 10 days or so, daily highs are likely to hang above 100 while a light breeze dances around the city well into the weekend, and beyond.

Monday is likely to mostly clear and hot with a high around 107 during the day and a low near 76 at night as winds pick up to around 15 or 20 mph.

Tuesday should again be sunny and clear, though calm, with a high around 108 and a low near 76 at night.

Wednesday looks to be sunny with a high around 107 during the day with a light breeze of 15 mph bringing in a few clouds in the evening as the temperature drops to near 75.

Thursday should be sunny, calm and mostly clear with a high around 106 and during the day and a low around 73 at night.

Friday is likely to be sunny and breezy with winds gusting up to 20 mph all day long as temperatures reach a high around 104 during the day and a low near 72 at night.

Clouds are expected to mostly clear off this weekend. Photo by Mason Callejas

Summertime seems to be arriving early as daily highs are likely to climb into the triple digits and stay there will into next week, according to the National Weather Service. A light breeze will develop Saturday evening and carry on until Monday, however it doesn’t look like the wind will be enough to keep the heat monster at bay.

Friday is likely to be sunny, calm and mostly clear with a high near 100 during the day and a low around 71 at night.

Saturday should also be sunny and mostly clear with a high around 103 during the day and a low near 73 at night as a light breeze moves in early evening gusting up to 20 mph.

Sunday is forecast to again be sunny, mostly clear and a bit breezy with a high around 103 during the day and a low near 73 at night as a 15-mph wind moves in from the southwest after midnight.

Monday is likely to be sunny and clear with a light breeze of 15 mph gusting throughout the day as temps reach a high near 104 then dropping to a low around 73 at night.

As summer temperatures migrate back to Maricopa, pet owners must take heed of the heat and the effect it has on their pet’s health.

Veterinarian Calvin Cordell said if not properly prevented, animals can suffer heat strokes and risk paying the ultimate price: death.

Cordell, who operates a mobile veterinary practice in Maricopa, said pet owners must always provide a consistent and accessible water source for pets to prevent heat-related emergencies

Additionally, he said pets should be kept indoors, if possible. However, if pet owners keep animals outdoors, Calvin recommends they provide adequate shade and water at all times. He added water should be kept in a container that cannot spill or empty.

Lastly, Cordell said animals should never be left in a sitting car, even when the vehicle is running and is air-conditioned.

He said pets left in hot cars during the summer can die within moments.

“It can get up to 180 degrees within 5 minutes in there,” Cordell said.

Pet owners who suspect their companion of overheating should look for symptoms that include excessive panting and a loss of coordination.

Calvin instructs concerned owners to give first aid to pets immediately because wait times at veterinarian offices can often be up to one hour, which is precious time to an animal suffering from heat stroke.

Heat Stroke First Aid:

1.       Take pet’s temperature.

“A normal temperature is between 100 degrees and 102.5 degrees,” Cordell said. However, an animal is in danger if its temperature ranges from 104 degrees to 105 degrees and above.

2.       Put pet in a tub of cool water and call a veterinarian.

Cordell reminds pet owners to hold onto the animal so it does not drown while they use the phone to make an appointment.

3.       Take pet to the veterinarian once its temperature is down to 100 degrees for professional, medical care.

If a pet is saved from heatstroke, however, its medical complications may just begin. Cordell said some can be left with brain damage, so prevention is key.

“They could be a happy animal as long as they have supportive care and people are patient, so they can rehab and train the brain how to walk and talk,” Cordell said.

 

Celebrity vet Dr. Ernie Ward posted the following popular video showing the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car, even with the windows cracked.

 

Winds have brought haze, which has caused spectacular sunsets from the Lakes at Rancho El Dorado. Photo by Mason Callejas

Winds and cloud cover hang around and keep temps out of the 100s until Memorial Day, according to reports from the National Weather Service. Starting off with a high in the low 90s on Friday, temps will likely rise to a high of more than 100 Monday.

Friday looks to be sunny and mostly clear with a steady 10-15 mph wind out of the southwest gusting up to 20 mph and keeping the high around 91 during the day and the low near 61 at night.

Saturday should also be sunny, mostly clear as winds calm down and the high creeps up to around 94 during the day and the low hangs near 66 at night.

Sunday will likely be sunny, clear and calm with the high pushing up to around 99 during the day, falling to a low near 70 at night.

Monday (Memorial Day) looks to be sunny, calm and mostly clear with a high around 103 during the day, dropping to a low near 71 at night as sparse clouds move in for the early evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild horses relax in hot temperatures near Maricopa. Photo by Mason Callejas

Thermometers are likely to hit a high of 106 this week before winds move in Wednesday to cool things off a bit, according the National Weather Service. The moderate breeze should keep temperatures out of the triple digits well into the weekend.

Today looks to be sunny and hot with a high around 103 during the day and a low near 70 at night as skies remain clear.

Tuesday is also likely to be sunny, hot and clear with a high near 104 in the daytime and a low around 71 at night.

Wednesday should see the hottest temperatures of the week, hitting 106 during the day and dropping to a low near 72 at night as skies remain clear and winds pick up and begin to gust up to 25 mph.

Thursday will likely see temperatures only reach a high around 98 during the day as winds continue to gust as high as 25 mph into the night, lowering the temp to near 66.

Friday looks to be even cooler with a predicted high of 93 during the day and a low of 64 at night as winds gust up to 20 mph throughout the day.

Here comes the sun (and the heat) for a hot weekend. Photo by Mason Callejas

Skies will remain calm and clear over the weekend as temperatures are likely to start off mild and then increase to a high near 100 on Sunday, according to reports from the National Weather Service.

Friday looks to be sunny, calm and mostly clear with a high around 86 during the day time and a low near 61 at night.

Saturday should also be sunny, calm and mostly clear, though slightly warmer with a high around 93 and a low near 66.

Sunday will, again, likely be sunny, calm and clear as the daily high rises to around 99 and the evening low hangs near 68 in preparation for a week of 100-degree temperatures.

Relatively mild temperatures and gusty winds are in this week's forecast. Photo by Mason Callejas

Moderate temperatures and mild winds are likely to keep the summer at bay for at least another week, according to the National Weather Service. A heavy breeze should keep things cool early in the week, however as the winds slow temperatures will rise slightly in the latter half of the week.

Monday should be sunny and clear, though a bit breezy with winds gusting up to 30 mph throughout the day while temperatures reach a high around 84 in the afternoon and later dip to 57 at night.

Tuesday is forecast to again be sunny and mostly clear with a high near 77 during the day while winds gust up to 20 mph and later fall to a gentle breeze in the evening with a low of 57.

Wednesday looks to be mostly sunny with a high around 84 as winds continue to gust up to near 20 mph as temperatures hit a low of 64 at night.

Thursday should continue to see sunny skies and a nice breeze gusting up to 15 mph as temps reach a high of 85 during the day, dropping to a low of 63 at night.

Friday is likely to be calm and sunny with a high around 89 in the daytime and a low of around 63 at night.

Though temperatures are forecast to be in the 90s this weekend, expect some strong breezes. Photo by Mason Callejas

A steady breeze is likely to keep temperatures out of the triple digits again this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Steady breezes gusting as high as 35 mph will move into the area Saturday to cool things off, providing an almost 40-degree disparity from the high of 99 Friday to a low of 59 Sunday evening.

Friday looks to be sunny, calm and mostly clear with a high around 99 and a low near 67.

Saturday should also be sunny, windy and mostly clear with a high around 98 and a low near 64 while a steady 15-20 mph wind throughout the day picks up to around 30 mph in the early evening.

Sunday is likely to be sunny and windy with a high around 92 during the day and a low near 59 at night while steady winds blow from 15-20 mph throughout the day, gusting up to 35 mph, bringing light cloud cover into the area in the evening time.

Enjoy a break from the heat this week. Photo by Mason Callejas

Cool wet weather will likely keep summer away for at least another week, according to the National Weather Service. Showers and possible thunderstorm are expected to roll into the area sometime Monday evening, hanging around until midweek keeping temperatures cool and out of the 90s until the weekend.

Tonight looks to be breezy, cool and a bit wet with a light 15 mph breeze out of the southwest, a low near 54 and a 60 percent chance of light showers which may then turn into thunderstorms around 11 p.m.

Tuesday will likely see a continuation of showers and thunderstorms with a 40 percent chance of precipitation throughout the day keeping the high around 71 during the day and low near 55 at night.

Wednesday should be cloudy with only a 20 percent chance of rain in the morning and afternoon, clearing up in the early to mid-evening with a high around 75 during the day a and a low near 58 at night.

Thursday is forecast to be sunny and breezy with a high near 86 during the day while winds gust up to 15 mph, and a low around 65 at night after the sun sets and the wind dies down.

Friday should be sunny and calm with a high around 95 during the day and a low near 67 at night.

Maricopa weather will see dramatic shifting over the weekend. Photo by Mason Callejas

After seeing a high on Friday well into the triple digits, things are likely to cool off dramatically, according to the National Weather Service.  As a light cloud cover and heavy winds move into the area on Saturday and Sunday, temperatures could dip down into the 50s.

Friday will likely be sunny, windy and hot, with a light breeze blowing up to 15 mph. Temperatures should reach a high around 104 during the day, dropping to a low near 69 at night as winds gust up to 20 mph and a light cloud cover moves in.

Saturday should be mostly sunny and a bit cooler with high winds gusting up to 40 mph during the day keeping temperatures down around 92 in the afternoon and near 61 at night.

Sunday will likely be sunny, breezy and cooler with winds blowing up to 25 mph keeping the high around 76 during the day and pushing the low near 55 at night.

Temperatures are expected to climb over 100 degrees this week. Photo by Mason Callejas
While skies remain mostly clear and calm this week, daily high temperatures will likely start off in the low 90s and slowly rise into the triple digits toward the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
Monday should be mostly sunny and calm with a high around 92 during the day and a low near 62 at night.
Tuesday will likely again be sunny and calm with a high around 94 during the day and a low near 65 at night.
Wednesday looks to also be sunny and calm with a high around 96 in the daytime and a low near 67 at night.
Thursday should be calm with temperatures possibly reaching into the triple digits with a high around 100 during the day and a low near 71 at night.
Friday is likely to also be sunny and calm with possible triple digit temperatures hitting a high around 101 during the day and dropping down to a low near 71 at night.

Dust and smoke cause dramatic sunsets for Maricopa. Photo by Mason Callejas

Hang on to your hats and don’t play with fire Maricopa. The weekend is going to be windy, according to the National Weather Service.

A Red Flag Warning will be in effect most of Friday as heavy winds roll into the area around midday kicking up dust and increasing the chance for wildfire. After that, temperatures will cool as winds settle down and make for a pleasant weekend.

Thursday night should be mostly clear and breezy with winds gusting up to 15 mph and a low temperature of about 64.

Friday will likely be windy with gusts up to 25 mph during the day and 35 mph at night. Patches of blowing dust are possible in the early afternoon and evening while temperatures hit a high around 86 and a low near 55

Saturday should be cool, sunny and considerably calmer with temperatures reaching a high around 79 and dipping to a low near 54 while a light breeze blows around 10 mph.

Sunday is likely to also be sunny and calm with a high around 86 during the day and a low near 58 at night.

A Red Flag Warning is in place in Maricopa and northwest Pinal County. Strong winds and low relative humidity have created high fire danger across the area.

The warning is effective until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

According the National Weather Service, winds from the northwest at 20 to 25 mph may gust up to 40 mph. Conditions are expected to peak Tuesday afternoon around 2 p.m.

Fuels are dry, and small sparks like lighted cigarettes can cause brush fires, which then spread quickly in the high winds.

 

Photo by Mason Callejas

Maricopa temporarily adopts the nickname “the Windy City” this week. Ok, maybe not officially, but as mostly clear skies accompany a constant barrage of heavy winds, temperatures will likely stay out of the triple digits in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday should be sunny and a bit breezy with winds gusting up to 30 mph as the temperature reaches a high of around 94 during the day and a low of near 64 at night

Tuesday is likely to be a little cloudy and slightly cooler as winds continue to gust up to 30 mph keeping the high around 87 and the low near 59.

Wednesday is forecast to clear up a bit while winds gust up to 20 mph and the temperatures stay down around 89 during the day and near 62 at night

Thursday should see winds persist, gusting up to 25 mph while temperatures rise to around 93 during the day and fall to near 64 at night.

Friday will likely be mostly clear and somewhat windy, gusting up to 40 mph as the high stays down around 86 during the day and near 54 at night.

Breezes are not expected to keep temperatures from rising to 100 this weekend. Photo by Mason Callejas

Break out the swimming gear Maricopa, it’s warming up! As skies remain blue and mostly clear, the first 100-degree day will likely arrive over the weekend, according to reports from the National Weather Service.

Friday should be calm, clear and sunny with a high around 94 during the day and a low near 61 at night.

Saturday temperatures will likely continue to rise during the day reaching a high around 97 but cooling down a bit to near 64 at night.

Sunday, the dial is predicted to touch the 100 mark during the day, however it is expected to cool off to around 64 at night as a bit of a breeze moves in, gusting up to 20 mph.

Photo by Mason Callejas

Temperatures will break into the low 90s early this week in Maricopa while skies remain clear throughout and a light to heavy breeze moves in midweek and kicks temperatures back down into the high 80s, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday will is forecast to be sunny with a high around 90 during the day dropping to a low near 62 at night as winds pick up to about 15 mph.

Tuesday looks to also be sunny and a bit breezy with an elevated temperature around 93 during the day time and a low near 62 at while winds blow between 10-20 mph throughout the day.

Wednesday should again be sunny and breezy with a high near 89 during the day and a low around 59 at night while winds blow 5-15 mph throughout the day and night.

Thursday is likely to also be sunny with a bit heavier winds gusting up to 25 mph while high temperatures are expected to hit around 89 during the day and near 58 at night.

Friday, too, should be sunny and a bit breezy with a high around 90 during the day while winds gust from 10-25 mph, and a low near 58 at night while winds continue to blow up to 20 mph.