The hottest year on record will continue with a record-breaking heat wave set to bring triple-digit temperatures to Maricopa this week.
Temperatures in the high 90s are not unheard of for Maricopa in the month of October, but rarely do the temperatures reach 100 degrees. According to the National Weather Service, both Tuesday and Wednesday should surpass 100 and break heat records for the area. Thursday might follow suit if potential storms don’t come in.
Monday’s high is expected to be near 95 degrees. The wind is projected to stay mostly calm near 9 mph and calm to near 5 mph overnight. The low for Monday night is expected to be 70 degrees.
Tuesday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 100 degrees. The spike in temperature would add to the already record breaking year for heat. The triple-digit day is expected to have calm winds near 8 mph, and an overnight low of just 72 degrees.
Wednesday is expected to push the record books as well. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 102 degrees. The winds are once again expected to stay calm near 5 mph, and the overnight low should drop to 72 degrees.
Thursday has potential to add to the record week of heat, but there is also a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms to cool the day down. If the storms don’t roll in toward the afternoon, the temperature could reach up to 101 degrees. If the rain does come before the peak of the heat, the temperature is expected to stay around 95 degrees.
The storms are expected to last through Thursday night and Friday morning. Friday’s forecast is 92 degrees for the high and, according to the NWS, there is a “slight chance of rain” through the afternoon and evening.
The storms could last throughout the weekend as well. Currently, there is a “slight chance of rain” projected for Saturday and Sunday. More information will be available as the weekend approaches.