The National Weather Service has extended the freeze warning in place for Maricopa and the surrounding desert region through Wednesday morning.
The initial warning was set to expire Tuesday morning and the cold front was expected to move out of the area. However, due to linger effects from the cold front, temperatures are again expected to drop below the freezing mark of 32 degrees.
“Below normal temperatures will continue through Wednesday morning,” the NWS released in a statement. “While most places will not be quite as cold Wednesday morning, the colder desert locations within Pinal, Maricopa and La Paz counties will still dip below the freezing mark.”
The temperature is expected to drop to 31 degrees Tuesday night. The unusually cold weather could result in ice patches on sitting water and damage to exposed water pipes and landscaping.
“For locations dropping below freezing, remember to protect people, plants, pets and pipes,” the NWS stated.
On Wednesday, the high is projected to climb up to 67 degrees before dropping back to 35 degrees Wednesday night. Despite the temperature staying above the freezing mark, cold weather precautions are still recommended.
“For locations that will remain above freezing, protective measures may still be necessary for sensitive landscaping and garden plants,” the NWS stated. “You should also consider bringing pets indoors.”
The weather is expected to warm up by Thursday and see temperature highs reach the 70s. Lows for the end of the week are projected to be in the 40s as well.