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.

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