Despite high winds,, the forecast sees mostly sunny days ahead. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

A windy Thursday is expected to lead into a weekend of moderately warm temperatures in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, look for patchy blowing dust after 2 p.m. Otherwise, the day should be sunny with a high near 84 degrees F. The wind will be from the west at 20-30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. A red-flag warning is in place from noon to 9 p.m. Overnight, the blowing dust will continue until 8 p.m. as the low drops to around 51.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 78 as winds lessen to 15-20 mph (gusts up to 30 mph). A red-flag warning is in place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The nighttime low will be around 49.

Saturday, the winds are expected to dissipate to 5-10 mph breezes as the high hits 82 under sunny skies. The night will also be clear with a low around 52.

Sunday looks to warm up to 92 for a high during a sunny day. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 58.

The extended forecast sees mostly sunny days next week with temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s, with elevated winds possible Monday.

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