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Clouds live up to predictions of 20-percent chance of rain today, but the rest of the week is expected to be mostly sunny. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

After possible rain this afternoon, the rest of the week looks mostly sunny for Maricopa.

Today and tonight, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. Today’s high is expected by be just 100 degrees with light winds out of the west at 5-10 mph. The overnight low is forecast to be around 78.

Tuesday, skies will be sunny with a high near 101. There will be partly cloudy skies at night, and the low will be around 77.

Wednesday, expect sunny skies again and a high of 102 and little wind. Overnight, skies will be mostly clear and the low will be 78.

Thursday, the forecast calls for more sun and a high near 104. Skies will continue mostly clear through the night with a low around 79.

Friday, there will be mostly sunny skies and a high of 102. The night will be partly cloudy, and the low will be around 79.

The weekend, at this point, looks like more of the same with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures just over 100.

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Though clouds may accumulate in Maricopa at night this weekend, it is no guarantee of rain. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

While this weekend will see more triple-digit heat during the days, the nights could get a little wet.

Today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with the high hitting near 104, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight, however, a 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms creeps in. The low will be around 80 degrees, and west winds 5-10 mph.

Saturday will also be mostly sunny during the day with a high near 103. Overnight there is a 10-percent chance of rain before midnight. Skies will be partly cloudy with a low around 79 and calm winds.

Sunday is expected to be more of the same, with sunny skies and a 103-degree high temp. Nighttime brings a 10-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. The low will be around 79.

Next week looks to be a sunny and dry affair.

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Though there are expectations of a little rain this week, it will be mostly hot and sunny. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa’s week will start out very hot and then get wet, according to the National Weather Service.
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Today’s high is expected to hit 108 degrees under sunny skies and feel much like Sunday. Tonight will be clear with a low around 83 degrees.

Tuesday is also forecast to be sunny, with a high near 109. Skies overnight will be mostly clear with a low around 83.

Wednesday is expected to start out sunny with a high near 105. However a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms will creep in after 11 a.m. That chance of rain will persist overnight, with a low around 82.
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Thursday, the chance of rain increases to 20 percent, though overall the day will be mostly sunny with a high near 105. The night time low will be around 81 under partly cloudy skies and the lingering chance for showers.

Friday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high near 104 and a 10-percent chance for showers and thunderstorms. The nighttime low will be around 81.

The weekend looks like a carbon-copy of Friday with continued triple digits and slight chance for rain.

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Maricopa is likely to see more sun than clouds this weekend. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Keep the sunscreen handy. A sunny and hot weekend is predicted for Maricopa.

After a rather wet week, the National Weather Service has forecast sunny skies for the next few days.

Today topped out at 103 under mostly sunny skies. Tonight, the skies will remain mostly clear, and the low will be around 81.

Saturday, the high is expected to be around 105 under sunny skies, with little breeze. Overnight, the skies will be mostly clear, and the low will be around 80.

Sunday is more of the same. The sunny skies will be accompanied by 106-degree temperatures during the day. The nighttime low will be around 82. Winds will increase to about 10 mph.

Next week will start out much the same. It may be Wednesday before a hint of rain returns to the forecast.

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Clouds are moving over Maricopa in anticipation of a couple of very stormy days this week. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

After a hot day (high of 108) that looked similar to Sunday, Maricopa may see serious moisture creep back into the forecast.

Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 83, according to the National Weather Service. The west southwest wind will be light to variable around 5-10 mph.
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Tuesday, there is a 20-percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Watch for patchy, blowing dust after 11 a.m. The day will be partly sunny with a high near 103. Blowing dust is expected before 11 p.m. A 60-percent chance of rain kicks in after 11 p.m. Some storms could produce heavy rainfall. The nighttime low will be around 81 under mostly cloudy skies. Winds of 10-15 mph could gust up to 20 mph. Rain of half an inch to three-quarters of an inch are possible in some areas.
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Wednesday, there is an even heavier likelihood of rain. The chance of precipitation is at 70 percent. The high will be around 96 degrees. Rainfall could measure a quarter to a half-inch. Overnight, the chance of rain drops to 40 percent. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a low of 79 and light breezes.

Thursday, expect a 30-percent chance of rain before 11 a.m. The day will be partly sunny with a high near 100. The nighttime low will be around 81 degrees under partly cloudy skies. There is a 20 percent chance of rain.

Friday, the forecast has only a 10-percent chance of rain, mainly before 11 a.m. The forecast is for sunny skies and a high near 103. The nighttime low will be around 81.

The weekend is expected to be mostly clear and sunny.

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Enjoy the rest of a hot, sunny weekend as Maricopa weather gears up for another series of monsoon-like patterns next week.

Today’s high is expected to be about 106 degrees under sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 82 and winds at just 5 mph.

Sunday will also be sunny with the high climbing to 108. The overnight low will be around 83 degrees. Monday is expected to be exactly the same.

Tuesday a chance of rain creeps into the forecast at 10 percent during the day and then continues through the rest of the week. Temperatures are expected to remain in triple digits during what is the first week of school for many Maricopa students.

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Melanie Bayne shot this photo of a tree uprooted near Pacana Park.

Many Maricopans spent the weekend cleaning up after Friday night’s storm. That included city staff, who straightened up city property and leant a hand in some neighborhoods.

Friday saw 0.13 inches of rainfall. Though that was well above the July 29 average of 0.6 inches, it still left the month well below it average monthly precipitation. The average month total is 1.4 inches. This year July saw only 0.55 inches.

For Maricopans, it was the monsoon-style wind that caused the damage. Predictions were for wind speeds up to 30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph, and that was fulfilled in many parts of town.

About a dozen trees at Copper Sky Regional Park went down. Public Works Director Bill Fay said some can be put upright again, but others won’t survive. That was typical of housing developments where some trees were uprooted while others were snapped off at the trunk or just lost limbs.

Fay said many private trees were blown into streets and common areas, and city workers have been helping to remove them “just to be neighborly.”

The wind also carried a great amount of dirt and caused other issues, like rearranging lawn decor and turning swimming pools into swamps.

“We have had both street sweepers running all day for the last few days as a lot of dirt got washed out onto the roads,” Fay said. “One of our traffic signal cameras got blown off center by the wind so it wasn’t pointing at traffic and would not trigger the light appropriately.  It had to be pointed back at the right angle.  Some signs were blown askew or down and needed to be reset.”

Young palo verdes like this one at Copper Sky were typical victims of the weekend storm.
Young palo verdes like this one at Copper Sky were typical victims of the weekend storm.

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A monsoon cycle of weather has settled into Maricopa until Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Today will be the coolest day for the week, with a predicted high of 98 degrees under partly sunny skies. There is a 30-percent chance for showers and thunderstorms. Tonight, that increases to 40 percent. The overnight low will be around 82 with light winds.

Tuesday, expect another 30-percent chance of rain after 11 a.m. The day will be partly sunny with a high near 100. At night, there will be at 40 percent chance of showers, and the low will be around 82. Winds are expected to remain calm in the evening.

Wednesday, the forecast again calls for a 30 percent chance of rain, but in the morning. The day will be partly sunny with a high near 99. Overnight, the chance for rain will be 20 percent, and the low will be around 79.

Thursday will see a 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Skies will be partly sunny and the high will be near 103 with a calm wind. The chance of rain continues until 11 p.m. The overnight skies will be partly cloudy, and the low will be around 81.

Friday, expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 105. The overnight low will be around 82. At this stage, the forecast does not call for rain that day.

That will continue through the weekend.

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Clouds on the horizon will be a daily sight this week in Maricopa.

Meteorologists are expecting a familiar weather pattern to settle into Maricopa this week with a slight chance of showers every day.

Today, the likelihood of rain is 10 percent, according to the National Weather Service. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 106 and west-northwest wind around 10 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy and breezy. The low will be around 84 degrees, and wind gusts could hit 20 mph.WTH-icon_partly-cloudy-rain

Tuesday, there is 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The day will be mostly sunny with very little wind and a high near 109. Overnight, the chance of rain remains, and the low is expected to be around 86.

Wednesday, for forecast calls for a high near 112 under sunny skies. There is a 10 percent chance for rain at night before 11 p.m. Then the skies will be partly cloudy, and the low will be around 86. Winds will pick up out of the west from 5 to 15 mph. Gusts could reach 20 mph.

Thursday will be almost a replica of Wednesday. A sunny, hot day of temperatures around 110 will lead into an evening with partly cloudy skies and a 10-percent chance for showers. The overnight low will be around 85. West winds will be 5-10 mph.

Friday, the chance for showers and thunderstorms increases to 20 percent after 11 a.m. During the day, skies will be mostly sunny and the high will be near 108. Overnight, the chance of rain remains and the low will be around 84.

The chance for rain increases during the weekend.

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The National Weather Service cautions residents to limit outdoor activity this weekend. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The scorching weekend weather may ease up slightly for some more rain next week.

Maricopa remains under an excessive heat warning until Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Early symptoms include things such as headache, thirst and muscle cramps.

Tonight will be mostly clear and the low will be around 86 degrees with wind from the west northwest at 5-10 mph.

Saturday will look much like Friday, with the high soaring to around 114 under sunny skies. Overnight, a few clouds may roll in, and the low will be around 85. It will be breezy with a west win at 5 to 15 mph and gusts up to 20 mph.

Sunday will cool off just a little under mostly sunny skies. The high will only be 109. There will be a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 a.m. and the breezes will continue to pick up a bit. Sunday night, there will be a 20-percent chanced of rain and a low around 85. Wind gust may get as high as 20 mph.

That leads into a week that has a promising change of rain every day.

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A wall of dust approaches a Maricopa neighborhood.

The Maricopa area is under another dust storm warning until 7 p.m. tonight and an excessive heat watch from late Thursday through Saturday evening.

According to the National Weather Service, north central and northwest Pinal County can expect wind gusts up to 40 mph and visibility less than a quarter of a mile.

Be ready for a sudden drop in visibility to near zero. If you encounter blowing dust or blowing sand on the roadway or see it approaching, pull off the road as far as possible and put your vehicle in park. Turn the lights all the way off and keep your foot off the brake pedal.

The excessive heat warning is triggered by temperatures of 112-116.

NWS advises drinking more water than usual and avoiding alcohol, sugar and caffeine. When outdoors, wear light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat and take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

Never leave children or pets unattended in cars.

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Expect clouds sporadically across Maricopa this week. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Rain is predicted, if only slightly, every day this week in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.
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Today, the forecast offers a 20-percent chance of shows and thunderstorms in the area, as well as “patchy blowing dust” after 2 p.m. The day overall will be partly sunny. The high is expected near 105 degrees. Tonight, the chance for rain lessens to 10 percent but the blowing dust continues until 11 p.m. The overnight low will be around 81 with winds from the south at 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday, there will be a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 106. Overnight, a 20-percent chance of rain returns along with blowing dust before 11 p.m. The low will be around 84.

Wednesday will be almost a carbon copy of Tuesday, with the high climbing to about 109 degrees while a 10-percent chance of showers remains. The nighttime low will be around 84 again while the chance for rain increases go 20 percent.

Thursday, in true monsoon fashion, the 20-percent chance of showers is forecast for after 11 a.m. and before 11 p.m. The day will be sunny and hot, with a high near 111.The overnight low will be around 84.

Friday’s forecast calls for a 10 percent chance of showers between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. The day will be mostly sunny and hot with high near 112. The nighttime low is expected to be around 85 with winds from the west at 5-10 mph.

At this point, the weekend is forecast to be hot and sunny.

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Shade will be a key to outdoor survival of another weekend over 110 degrees.

By Ethan McSweeney

Hot weather is expected this weekend in Maricopa as the high could top 112 degrees, though monsoons may be on their way next week.WTH-icon_sunny

Today, the temperature could reach 112 degrees with sunny skies expected and winds around 5 to 10 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Tonight, the low will be around 83 with winds continuing around 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday, sunny and hot conditions will continue with a high near 111 expected and winds around 5 to 10 mph. At night, the low is expected to be around 83 degrees again with 5 to 10 mph winds.

Sunday, “patchy blowing dust” is expected in the afternoon and before midnight, according to the National Weather Service. The high is expected to be around 108 degrees with sunny skies. At night, the temperature will dip to around 82 with wind blowing around 5 to 10 mph.WTH-icon_partly-cloudy-rain

Next week, monsoons may be on their way with a chance for showers and thunderstorms around 20 percent for Monday through Wednesday, which are expected to bring high temperatures down slightly to 107 and 109 degrees.

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More clear skies and triple-digit heat are in store for Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

By Ethan McSweeney

The weather will remain hot this week in Maricopa, as temperatures could climb as high as 111 degrees with some windy conditions throughout the week.

Today, sunny skies will bring breezy weather and a high of 109 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Winds will blow around 5 to 15 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight, the temperature will dip to 79 degrees with clear skies, and winds will continue at 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

Tuesday, conditions will be sunny with a high near 109 degrees and winds blowing at 5 to 15 mph with gusts around 20 mph possible. At night, the low will drop to 79 degrees and winds expected around 10 to 15 mph against clear skies.

Wednesday, the temperature will climb to 110 degrees with sunny skies and winds around 5 to 10 mph. Conditions will be mostly clear at night with a low around 82 and winds continuing at 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday, hot and sunny conditions will continue with a high around 111 degrees. Winds around 5 to 10 mph expected, picking up in the afternoon to 10 to 15 mph and wind gusts of 20 mph possible. Thursday night is expected to be mostly clear with a low of 82. Breezy conditions will continue with winds around 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight, along with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday, conditions will be sunny and hot again with a high near 110 degrees. Winds are expected to increase from 5 to 10 mph up to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon with gusts of 20 mph. Those breezy conditions will continue into the night with 5 to 15 mph winds and gusts as high as 20 mph. The low is expected to be around 82, again.

This weekend, temperatures should drop slightly with highs around 107 to 108 degrees expected. Breezy conditions are also likely to continue.

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Expect blue skies for the weekend and beyond in Maricopa. Photo by Ethan McSweeney

By Ethan McSweeney

Maricopans can expect hot and sunny conditions to continue through the weekend, with some wind picking up on Saturday.

Today, the high will be 108 degrees with sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. Winds are expected to be around 5 to 10 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 80 degrees and winds around 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday, sunny skies should bring the temperature up to 108 degrees with winds expected around 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night will be mostly clear with winds continuing around 5 to 10 mph. The low is expected to be 80 degrees.

Sunday, the temperature is expected to climb to 108 degrees, again, with sunny skies. Breezy conditions will bring winds around 5 to 15 mph and gusts as high as 20 mph. At night, skies will be clear and the temperature is expected to dip to 77 degrees. Winds will continue around 5 to 15 mph with gusts of 20 mph.

Next week, no monsoons are in sight as sunny skies are expected with highs of 106 to 108 degrees and lows around 78 degrees.

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Clear skies and plenty of heat are in this week's Maricopa forecast. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

By Ethan McSweeney

The week’s weather in Maricopa will continue to be hot with some breezy conditions expected over the next couple of days.

Today, the mercury will near 110 with wind around 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Skies will be sunny. Tonight, temperatures will dip to around 80 degrees with wind possibly gusting up to 20 mph after midnight.

Wednesday, sunny skies should bring a high of around 108 degrees. Breezy conditions should continue with winds around 5 to 15 mph with wind gusts as high as 20 miles per hour. At night, winds should continue to blow around 10 to 15 mph with possible wind gusts of 20 mph, as well.  The low at night will be around 79 degrees.

Thursday, the breezy conditions should calm slightly with winds around 5 to 10 mph. The high for the day will be around 107 with sunny skies. The temperature will drop at night to around 79 degrees, with wind continuing around 5 to 10 mph.

Friday, sunny conditions are expected to bring a high around 108 with a calm wind in the afternoon around 5 mph. At night, the temperature will drop to around 80 degrees. A light wind of 5 to 10 mph is expected overnight, as well.

The weekend is expected to bring highs around 109 with sunny skies and breezy conditions.

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Rain may come early in the weekend, but the Fourth of July on Monday is expected to be sunny and hot. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Independence Day weekend threatens to be wet in Maricopa, but predicted storms are expected to clear off by the big day itself.
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Friday will begin with a 40-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. The day will be mostly cloudy with a high near 98 degrees and light and variable winds. By night, the chance of rain evaporates to 20 percent, and the low will be around 79.
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Saturday, there is a 10 percent chances of showers after 11 a.m. The day is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 104 and winds up to 10 mph from the west southwest. Overnight there remains a 10-percent chance of rain until around 11 p.m. Then skies will be mostly clear with a low around 81.

Sunday’s forecast is for a sunny day with a high near 106 and a light wind around 5 mph. Sunday night, expect clear skies and low around 81.WTH-icon_sunny

Fourth of July weather in Maricopa is predicted to be sunny and hot with a high around 108 degrees and calm winds. The overnight low will be around 81 degrees heading into a week that is forecast to be hot and possibly wet.

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Clouds will be a common feature over Maricopa this week. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A rain watch is the theme of this week’s forecast as “monsoon season” tries to get started before Independence Day. Each day is expected to be hot and humid.

WTH-icon_partly-cloudyToday the chance for showers and thunderstorms is 10 percent, according to the National Weather Service. Skies are expected to be partly sunny with a high near 109. Tonight, the chance of rain increases to 20 percent before 11 p.m. The low will be around 83 degrees.

Tuesday’s rain prediction is also at 10 percent in the afternoon. The day will be partly sunning with a high near 109. Overnight, the chance for showers is 20 percent. Skies will be mostly cloudy and the low is expected to be around 85.

WTH-icon_partly-cloudy-rainWednesday, the afternoon has a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Skies will be partly sunny with a high near 107. The nighttime chance of rain is the highest of the week at 30 percent, mainly before 11 p.m. The low will be around 82 degrees.

Thursday will see that 30 percent chance of showers return after 11 a.m. Skies will be partly sunny, and the high will be around 105. The rain prediction continues until about 11 p.m. The overnight low will be around 81.

Friday’s predicted high of 102 is the coolest of the week. The chance of rain is 20 percent day and night. The nighttime low will be around 81 degrees.

A similar pattern is expected for the weekend into the Fourth of July.

 

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Maricopa is getting a dusty start to the weekend after an abrupt change in the local forecast.

The National Weather Service is predicting a 10-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon along with blowing dust.

Today will be cloudy and hot with a high near 113, according to the NWS. Breezes from the south will become winds at 15 mph and gusts up to 20 mph.

The blowing dust is expected to continue until around 7 p.m. Overnight the low will be around 81 degrees.

Friday, expect sunny skies and a high near 108. Overnight, the low will be around 80 under mostly clear skies.

Saturday will be similar, with sunny skies during the day and a high of 107. The nighttime low will be around 82.

Sunday is forecast to be sunny and hot with a high near 110 and an overnight low of 84. Monday will be much the same, but NWS is calling for a slight chance of showers in the middle of next week.

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Both an excessive heat warning and an air-quality advisory will come into effect this weekend.

More blistering heat is on the way, and Maricopa will see both a heat warning and an air-quality advisory this weekend.

Tonight’s low will be around 74 degrees, according to the National Weather Service with barely a breeze.

Saturday will be sunny and hot, with a high near 111. The wind will be light and variable at 5-10 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night will have a low of a warm 83 degrees.

Sunday is expected to leap to 118 degrees, again with only light winds to take the edge off. The nighttime low will only get down to around 86.

Monday will be almost exactly the same, with more sun and 118 degrees forecast. The rest of next week will “cool off” only slightly, possibly as low as 112 by next Friday.

The excessive heat warning issued by NWS is in effect from June 19 at 10 a.m. until June 22 at 9 p.m. Desert temperatures are expected to be 115-120 degrees. Heat-related illness will be likely for those doing strenuous activity outside and for those with health conditions who do not have adequate access to air conditioning.

The Pinal County Department of Air Quality has issued an Ozone High Pollution Advisory for Saturday and Sunday. That means the forecast weather conditions combined with existing ozone levels are expected to result in local maximum eight-hour ozone concentrations that pose a health risk.

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

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Corn stands under a hot sun on the east side of Maricopa.

This week’s temperatures in Maricopa will grow progressively warmer, and an excessive heat watch will be in place June 17-20.

According to the National Weather Service, today will top out near 100 degrees. The overnight low will be 67 with only light breezes.

Tuesday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 101. The overnight low will be around 69.

Wednesday, temperatures on another sunny day will climb to around 104. The night’s low will be around 70.

Thursday, expect sunny skies and a high near 103. The nighttime low will be around 73.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a night near 106, triggering the excessive –heat watch. (A watch turns into a warning when temperatures exceed 108.) Friday’s nighttime low will be around 76.

The rest of the weekend is expected to be extremely hot at 110-115 degrees.

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Both rain clouds and dust clouds could move into Maricopa today.

Dust and humidity will mark the beginning of weekend weather in Maricopa.

Today there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon, according to the National Weather Service. Look for areas of blowing dust. A dust advisory is in place from 3 to 7 p.m. Overall, the day will be partly sunny with high near 101 degrees.

Tonight, the chance of showers continues until midnight. The overnight low will be around 75. Winds are expected to be 5-10 mph.

Saturday is forecast to be sunny and breezy with a high near 103. Winds will increase to 10-15 mph and could gust as high as 20 mph before midnight. The nighttime low will be around 73.

Sunday also has a sunny forecast with a high near 102. The day will be breezy, with wind gust up to 205 mph. The night skies will remain clear with a low near 71 degrees.

Monday is expected to have a high of only 99 before temperatures climb again next week.

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Be prepared for blowing dust in some areas.

Drivers should be prepared for low visibility because of blowing dust today between Phoenix and Tucson as well as in southeastern Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The National Weather Service has issued a blowing dust advisory from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The affected areas include Interstates 10 and 8 between Phoenix and Tucson, and along the portion of I-10 in southeastern Arizona’s Cochise County. Gusts of up to 50 mph are possible, which could produce widespread areas where visibility is reduced to less than one mile.

Motorists should be aware that strong winds can result in sudden periods of limited or zero visibility due to blowing dust. ADOT urges drivers to “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” when dust moves in. The following are driving tips when encountering a low-visibility dust storm:

·         Avoid driving into or through a dust storm.

·         Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway — do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.

·         If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.

·         Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.

·         Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.

·         Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.

·         Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.

·         Stay in the vehicle with your seat belts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.

·         Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.

·         A driver’s alertness and safe driving ability is still the No. 1 factor in preventing crashes.

For more information on drivers tips, please visit www.PullAsideStayAlive.org.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov or call 511

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Super-hot temperatures highlights this weekend’s weather in Maricopa. The excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service will stay in effect through Monday.

Today, temperatures hit 116 in some parts of town. Tonight will remain clear, and the low will be around 76 degrees.

Saturday, expect more of those sunny-and-hot conditions with a high near 116. The day will be breezy with west-northwest winds at 10-15 mph in the afternoon. The overnight low will be around 77.

Sunday, the high is forecast to be 115, with sunny skies and light wind. Sunday night will be mostly clear with a low near 74.

Monday is expected to hit 112, keeping temperatures over the “excessive heat” mark, but winds will increase.

Residents are urged to remain cautious when outside if temperatures are over 107.

Temperatures are expected to cool incrementally next week to next Friday’s high reaches only 102.

The Arizona deserts are heating up dramatically this week.

An excessive-heat warning will be in place beginning Friday in Maricopa, with Saturday likely the hottest day, according to the National Weather Service. But temperatures will already be in triple digits by Wednesday.

Today will have the mildest weather for the foreseeable future. Expect the high to be around 98 degrees under sunny skies. Daytime winds of 10 mph will grow to 15 mph, with patchy blowing dust before 9 p.m. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 68. Winds could gust up to 20 mph.

Wednesday, the forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 102. Winds could again grow to gusts of up to 20 mph. Wednesday night, the low will be around 69 with strong breezes.

Thursday, again look for sunny skies, with the high increasing to 108 and light winds. Overnight the low will be around 73.

Friday comes the scorcher, and it will be relentless at least for the next few days. Friday’s high is expected to be about 112 degrees. The overnight low will be around 74, with mild breezes.

The weekend is expected to see highs between 113 and 115 degrees.

NWS warns of the likelihood of heat-related illnesses for those doing strenuous activity outdoors or those with health conditions who do not have air conditioning. If untreated, those illness could be fatal.

Reminders:

  • Never leave children 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. Public places with air conditioning included libraries and other government buildings, community centers malls and special refuge stations.

Recognize the signs of heat illness.

Early symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Thirst
  • Muscle cramps

Serious symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Skin that is cool to the touch
  • Fast but weak pulse
  • Nausea
  • Fainting

Severe symptoms:

  • Hot and red, dry skin
  • Fast and strong pulse
  • Sweating that has stopped
  • Unconsciousness

 

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Expect a warm and sunny Memorial Day weekend.

A very consistent weather pattern has settled over Maricopa, with sunny days in the 90s and nights in the 60s. But this Memorial Day weekend is leading into a week of triple digit heat, according to the National Weather Service.

So enjoy a relatively temperate weekend.

Today is forecast to be sunny with a high near 92 degrees and light winds. Tonight will be clear with a low around 63.

Saturday will be a little warmer, topping off around 97 degrees and calm winds. The overnight low will be around 65.

Sunday, sunny skies continue with a high near 96 and more light breezes. Sunday night will be clear with a low around 63.

Monday is Memorial Day and will again see sunny skies and a high near 96 and very light winds from the south. The overnight low will be around 64.

Next week, expect both the temperatures and the winds to increase.

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Maricopa's forecast calls for sunny skies this weekend, though the wind may kick up dust. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Today’s high temperature will dance around 100 degrees leading into a weekend of low 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday will be breezy, with the wind from the south at 20 mph and gusting up to 30 mph. Tonight, expect clear skies and a low around 65 with continued winds.

Saturday will be sunny with a high near 90. The winds will continue to be 15-20 mph with 30-mph gusts. Overnight, expect mostly clear skies and a low near 60

Sunday, the winds will die down slightly to 5-10 mph under another sunny sky. The daytime high will be near 86 and the overnight low around 59.

Temperatures in the low 90s and high 80s will continue well into next week.

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Clouds are forecast to move in Tuesday and drop some rain overnight and Wednesday morning. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa will be warm this week, but not as hot as last week, and rain could move in.

According to the National Weather Service, Monday’s sunny skies will stay clear overnight for a low around 64. Breezes will be 5-15 mph.

Tuesday, expect mostly sunny skies and a high near 89 and little wind. However, nighttime may bring the rain. There is a 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and an expected low of 63.

Wednesday, that 30-percent chance of rain continues until about 11 a.m. Then skies are expected to clear for a high near 89. The overnight low will be around 65.

Thursday has a sunny forecast and an expected high of 95. Overnight, the low will be around 66, with winds increasing to about 10 mph.

Friday is expected to be the warmest day of the week, with a high of 98 forecast. The day will be sunny and breezy, with winds from the south at 15-20 mph and gusting up to 25 mph. Friday night’s low will be around 65.

The rest of the weekend is also expected to remain in the 90s.

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Sunny skies are expected all weekend in Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A couple of days of triple-digit weather this weekend is expected to followed by relatively cooler temperatures leading into next week.

Tonight’s high is forecast to mostly clear with a low around 67, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday, sunny skies will have a high near 104 degrees and little wind. Friday night’s low is expected to be around 69 under mostly clear skies.

Saturday again has a mostly sunny forecast, with a high near 101. Winds will pick up slightly to 5-15 mph. Overnight lows are expected to be around 67.

Sunday, the high may only reach 95 under sunny skies. Winds are expected to increase to 10-15 mph in the afternoon with gust up to 25 mph.

Monday, expect a high of just 89 degrees with sunny skies and slightly breezy conditions.

 

 

Sunny skies and hot temps are ahead for Maricopa.

As summer approaches, triple-digit temperatures are becoming more common. According to the National Weather Service, Maricopa will be in the high 90s and low 100s this week.

Today’s forecast is for sunny skies and a high near 87 degrees. Clear skies are predicted to continue overnight with a low of around 60 and continuing calm winds of 5 mph.

Tuesday is forecast to be sunny again with a high near 92. The evening will be mostly clear with a low around 62.

Wednesday will be sunny and warmer with a high of 96. Overnight, expect mostly clear skies and a low of 64.

Thursday will see temperatures climb to 102 under sunny skies. Skies will be clear overnight, with a low around 70.

Friday will be much the same with a high of 103 and an overnight low of 69.

The rest of the weekend so far looks to continue in hot temperatures.