It's been a scorcher, and it will continue.


Hot enough for ya?

The National Weather Service has an excessive heat warning in place for Maricopa until 8 p.m. Saturday. That means increased likelihood of heat-related illnesses if precautions are not taken.

Every day is expected to be sunny and hot into next week. Today’s official high was 113 degrees F. The temperature is not expected to get any cooler than 85 tonight.

Thursday will heat up to 115, according to the NWS forecast. There will also be 5-19 mph winds gusting up to 20 mph. The overnight low will again be 85 and the winds will continue.

Friday, the high is expected to climb to 116. The nighttime low will be around 86.

Saturday, the daytime high will be near 112. The daily high temperature will linger there until midweek.

NWS encourages residents to seek air-conditioned spaces and drink more water than usual. Avoid outdoor activity during peak heat hours.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Early signs include thirst and muscle cramps. Heat exhaustion may include cool, moist, pale skin; headache; dizziness; weakness or exhaustion; nausea. The most serious illness is heat stroke, which may include: vomiting; confusion; throbbing headache; decreased alertness or loss of consciousness; high body temperature (above 105F); hot, dry skin; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; seizures.

Heat stroke can be deadly. Treat it as an emergency and call 911.