To the north, South Mountain is masked by a dust storm preceding monsoon rains as it moves southwest across the Gila River Indian Community. View looking west along Riggs road near SR347 around 7:45 p.m. Aug. 8. Photo by Mason Callejas

High winds are likely to bring an increased chance of rain over the weekend which could combine with runoff from southern storms to make for exciting and potentially hazardous conditions, possibly producing floods.

The National Weather Service is predicting a 10-40 percent chance of rain for Maricopa well into next week.

Increased precipitation and windy conditions, while dangerous, could also help keep temperatures down in the double digits until Sunday when the thermometer begins to rise again, possibly signaling a humid start to next week.

Thursday night looks to be windy with gusts up to 40 mph while a chance of rain increases to 40 percent and temperatures dip to a low of around 79.

Friday will likely be much calmer with winds staying down around 10 mph with a 20-30 percent chance of rain, a high around 99 and a low near 81.

Saturday should again be relatively calm with a 20-30 percent chance of rain, a high of around 99 and a low near 80.

Sunday looks to also be calm with only a 10-20 percent chance of rain, a high around 103 and a low near 82.

Monday will likely also see calm skies with a persistent 10-20 percent chance of rain, a high around 105 and a low near 82.

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