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Freeze warnings are in effect for the weekend. Photo by Adam Wolfe

A freeze warning has been issued for Maricopa and surrounding desert regions for Christmas Day and the following weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to drop below 30 degrees each night for the foreseeable future. Daily temperature highs are expected to fall to the mid 50s, and rain is possible early in the weekend.

“Freezing temperatures are on the way for the southwest and south central Arizona deserts this weekend,” the NWS released in a statement. “A strong low pressure system will bring a dry and very cold air mass to the region on Friday and maintain it through the weekend. Morning lows will respond with a bout of near-freezing to freezing temperatures.”

Any moisture present, combined with the freezing temperatures, could create icy road conditions. Holiday commuters should look out for black ice and other winter driving conditions.

“One of the big things for driving and for road ways is to take it slow,” Maricopa Fire Department public information officer Brad Pitassi said. “What the result of this freeze warning could be is black ice. Black ice is non-apparent ice or slick surfaces on the road way, and a lot of times, by the time you realize you’re on ice it’s too late.”

The Christmas forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a 10-percent chance of rain in the afternoon. The projected high for the day is 59 degrees, and the overnight low should drop below freezing to 32 degrees. The wind should be calm near 5 mph, but gusts could reach up to 10 mph.

Saturday is expected to have sunny skies, but temperatures will remain near 54 degrees. The wind is expected to pick up to 15 mph, but gusts could reach up to 25 mph in the afternoon. The overnight low is once again expected to dip below freezing to 31 degrees.

Sunday should see much of the same with sunny skies and a high near 55 degrees. The wind should calm to 5 mph, but occasional gusts could reach 10 mph. The overnight low should drop to a weekend low of 28 degrees.

The upcoming week is expected to stay in the mid 50s during the day and drop to the low 30s at night. More information will be available after the holiday weekend.

Clouds rolled into Maricopa Monday morning. Photo by Adam Wolfe

Some people dream of a white Christmas, but many Maricopa residents chose to live here to avoid one. That trend may end this year, though, as Christmas temperatures are expected to drop below the freezing threshold in the evening.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 10 to 20 percent chance of rain through Christmas Day. The temperatures are expected to stay near the mid 60s, but overnight lows should drop into the low 40s. Christmas Day however is expected to stay under 60 degrees for the high and drop below freezing overnight.

Monday is expected to see mostly sunny skies with a high near 64 degrees. The overnight low is expected to be the coldest of the week at 36 degrees, but no moisture is projected to move in overnight. The wind should remain calm near 5 mph throughout the evening as well.

A storm system is expected to move in Tuesday afternoon, but temperatures are still expected to reach 64 degrees. The forecast calls for a 10 percent chance of rain throughout the day and a 20 percent chance of rain throughout the night. The wind is once again expected to gust near 5 mph, and the overnight low should drop near 44 degrees.

The storm system is expected to stay in the area through Wednesday and Thursday. Both days have a 10 percent chance of rain and are projected to reach 66 degrees. The wind may pick up to 10 mph throughout both days as well, and the overnight lows should drop to 44 degrees on Wednesday and 42 degrees on Thursday.

Christmas Day is expected to be cloudy with a high of 59 degrees and has a 10 percent chance of seeing rain. Aside from the moisture, Christmas is also expected to be very windy. According to the NWS, gusts could reach up to 25 mph throughout the day. The wind is expected to calm to 15 mph overnight, but the rain is expected to remain.

The overnight low is expected to drop to 30 degrees. If the rain continues through the night, Maricopa residents could see brief snow flurries. Christmas commuters should watch for icy road conditions as well.

The storm is expected to blow out of the area Saturday morning and usher in a sunny but cool weekend. More information will be available toward the end of the week.

Daytime temperatures are expected to warm up over the weekend. Photo by Adam Wolfe

After a week of true “winter weather,” the temperatures are expected to climb back into the high 60s for the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperature highs are expected to reach the mid to high 60s for the weekend, but overnight lows are still expected to push the freezing threshold.

Friday should see a temperature spike to the high 60s. According to the NWS, Friday should see sunny skies with a high temperature of 69 degrees. The wind is expected to stay near 5 mph, but gusts could reach 10 mph throughout the day. The overnight low is expected to drop to 35 degrees, so residents should still be alert for freezing hazards.

Saturday is expected to stay warm with mostly sunny skies and a high near 68 degrees. The wind is expected to stay calm near 5 mph and the overnight low should drop to 37 degrees. Clouds are expected to move in throughout the evening, but no moisture is expected.

Sunday is projected to see a drop in temperature, but the forecast still calls for a high near 64 degrees. The overnight low may drop to 35 degrees and wind gusts should remain calm near 5 mph.

Next week is expected to remain in the mid 60s, but more information will be available at the end of the weekend.

Be prepared for a relatively cold week in Maricopa. Photo by Adam Wolfe

Temperatures are expected to continually drop after a cool weekend, and early week rain could cause hazardous driving conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, Monday has a 30 percent chance of rain throughout the day. The high temperature is expected to be 57 degrees, but wind gusts up to 20 mph will likely make it feel colder. The strong winds are expected to continue into the night, and the overnight low should drop passed the freezing threshold of 32 degrees.

The sitting rain water could create icy driving conditions throughout the night. The hazardous conditions are expected to linger through Tuesday morning.

“Widespread freezing temperatures are possible for the southwest and south central Arizona desert from Tuesday through Thursday mornings,” the NWS released in a statement. “A deep and cold low pressure system will bring showers to much of southwest and south central Arizona today. The storm will then leave behind a very dry and cold air mass.”

Tuesday is expected to be sunny day, but temperatures are expected to stay unseasonably low at 55 degrees. The wind should calm down to 5 mph, but the overnight low is expected to drop to a season low 25 degrees.

“There is a potential for widespread freezing temperatures for the greater Phoenix metropolitan area with the coldest morning lows likely to occur Wednesday morning,” the NWS warned. “Things to consider during cold episodes are covering sensitive plants, protecting pipes and irrigation systems and providing a warm place for pets.”

Wednesday is projected to be nearly identical to Tuesday. The high temperature should reach up to 55 degrees, and the overnight low should drop to 27 degrees. The wind should remain calm near 5 mph, but any sitting water on roadways or around properties will freeze.

Thursday is projected to see a slight increase in temperature to 57 degrees. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, but no moisture is expected. The wind should remain calm near 5 mph, and the overnight low should drop to 30 degrees.

The temperatures are expected to climb back into the 60s over the weekend, but more information will be available as the work week comes to a close.

Cool temperatures and a chance of rain are forecast for Maricopa this weekend. Photo by Adam Wolfe

Maricopa residents can expect to see scattered showers and temperatures in the low 60s throughout the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, stormy weather should move into Maricopa Friday afternoon and linger through Saturday morning. The storm system will accompany a cold front as well, so temperature highs should drop to the low 60s for much of the weekend.

Friday’s forecast calls for cloudy skies with a high of 68 degrees. According to the NWS, there is a 10 percent chance of rain in the afternoon and 40 percent chance of rain overnight. The wind is expected to pick up from 10 mph throughout the day to 20 mph overnight, and the overnight low should drop to 40 degrees.

The storm system is expected to linger in the area through Saturday morning, but blow out by the afternoon. Saturday is expected to be a partly cloudy day with a high of 60 degrees. The wind is expected to stay near 10 mph, but gusts could reach up to 15 mph throughout the day.

More clouds may move in Saturday night, but no moisture is expected. The overnight low is expected to drop to 34 degrees. Any sitting water from Friday’s storms could freeze and create hazardous conditions.

Sunday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 61 degrees. The wind is expected to calm to 5 mph, and the overnight low should drop to 36 degrees.

Sunday night is expected to be partly cloudy. The clouds have the potential to bring rain, but no moisture is expected until Monday morning.

According to the NWS, next week is shaping up to be cold and rainy. The projected highs are below 60 degrees, and there is a 10 percent chance of rain on Monday.

More information will be available as the weekend comes to a close.

Enjoy temperatures in the 70s this week before an expected cool-down. Photo by Adam Wolfe

Temperatures are expected to warm up throughout the week and reach the high 70s before a cold front moves in for the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, temperature highs should gradually climb to the high 70s by Thursday. The warm temperatures aren’t expected to last though. A cold front is projected to blow in over the weekend and drop the temperatures back to the low 60s.

Monday’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 76 degrees. The wind is expected to be calm near 5 mph with occasional gusts up to 10 mph. Some clouds may move in overnight, but no moisture is expected, and the overnight low should drop to 39 degrees.

Tuesday is expected to see similar weather. The forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 75 degrees.  The wind is expected to stay calm near 5 mph, and the overnight low is projected to drop to 39 degrees.

Wednesday should see sunny skies with a slight increase in temperature to 76 degrees. The wind is expected to remain calm near 5 mph, and the overnight low should drop to 40 degrees. Clouds could move in throughout the night, but no moisture is expected.

Thursday is projected to be the warmest day of the week. The forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 78 degrees. The wind is expected to remain near 5 mph, but afternoon gusts should increase to 10 mph. Clouds are expected to blow in overnight, and the temperature should drop to 46 degrees.

Friday is expected to usher in a cold from with partly cloudy skies. According to the NWS, temperatures will drop to the low 60s throughout the weekend.

More information on the weekend weather outlook will be available as the work week comes to a close.

Water on streets and roads could freeze tonight in Maricopa.

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.

NWS is cautioning against leaving pets and sensitive plants outside tonight because of unusually cold temperatures. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather warning for unusually low overnight temperatures for Maricopa and the surrounding desert region.

“Below normal temperatures will continue through Tuesday,” the NWS stated. “This means low temperatures in the 30s at most lower desert locations east of the lower Colorado River Valley. The colder deserts will reach freezing temperatures. Some spots, mainly in Pinal County, will even dip into the mid to upper 20s.”

Monday is expected to be a cool, sunny day with calm winds near 5 mph. The temperature high for the day will reach 60 degrees, but overnight temperatures are expected to drop below freezing to 30 degrees. Residents should take precautionary measures with plants, gardens, sitting water and exposed water pipes.

The overnight freeze is expected to give way to sunny skies with a high near 64 degrees on Tuesday. The wind is once again expected to stay mild near 5 mph, and the overnight low is expected to drop to 35 degrees.

“Wednesday morning will be quite chilly but not as cold,” the NWS statement reads. “A warming trend will lead to more mild conditions for the rest of the week. However, protective measures may be necessary for sensitive landscaping and garden plants.”

Wednesday is expected to see the return of 70 degree weather. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 70 degrees. The wind is expected to stay a non-factor with gusts reaching 5 mph, and the overnight low is expected to drop to 38 degrees.

Clouds may move into the area Wednesday night, but no moisture is expected.

The temperature is expected to continue its climb through Thursday as well. The forecast calls for sunny skies with a high of 73 degrees. The wind is expected to increase to 10 mph throughout the day, and the overnight low should drop near 42 degrees.

Friday is expected to usher in a sunny weekend with temperatures ranging from the mid 70s to the high 60s. More information will be available as the work week comes to a close.

Forecasters say there will be a chill in the air this Thanksgiving. Photo by Adam Wolfe

Maricopa residents can expect to see partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid 60s for Thanksgiving Day and the ensuing weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, temperature highs are not expected to reach above the mid 60s all weekend. The cool days will result in overnight lows dipping into the high 30s as well.

The Thanksgiving forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and a high of 67 degrees. The wind is projected to remain calm throughout the day, and the overnight low is expected to drop to 38 degrees. Clouds are likely throughout the day and evening, but no moisture is expected.

Residents hoping to take advantage of Black Friday deals should bundle up before heading out. Coming off of a 38 degree night, Friday is expected to be partly cloudy with a high of 66 degrees. The overnight low is once again expected to drop to 38 degrees.

According to the NWS, the sun is expected to break through more frequently on Saturday. The forecast calls for mostly clear skies with a high of 67 degrees. The wind is expected to remain calm near 5 mph, and the overnight low should drop to 40 degrees.

Sunday is shaping up to be nearly identical to Saturday. Mostly sunny skies are expected, and the temperature should top out at 67 degrees. Wind should be a non-factor for the day, and the overnight low is expected to drop to 39 degrees.

Next week should see a slow rise in temperature highs back to the 70s. More information will be available as the holiday weekend comes to a close.

Expect temperatures in the high 70s this weekend in Maricopa. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The sunny days in the mid 70s are expected to carry through the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, the weekend should see sunny days with high temperatures between 75 and 78 degrees. Higher winds are expected to pick up through the weekend with gusts reaching as high as 20 mph.

The forecast for Saturday calls for sunny skies with a high near 78 degrees. The wind is expected to stay near 15 mph throughout the day, but gusts could reach up to 20 mph toward the afternoon. Wind gusts should calm to 10 mph overnight, and the overnight low is expected to reach 48 degrees.

Sunday is projected to be mostly sunny with a high near 75 degrees. The wind is expected to steadily increase through the morning and afternoon. Gusts are expected to remain steady at 10 mph, but gusts could reach as high as 20 mph in the afternoon.

According to the NWS, the wind should calm to 5 mph overnight and the temperature should drop to 46 degrees.

As the new week approaches, temperatures should remain in the mid 70s until possible storms blow in on Wednesday. More information will be available as the weekend comes to a close.

More clouds and cooler temperatures are in store this weekend.

This week is expected to start with cool days and cold nights before temperatures return to the mid 70s by the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperatures on Monday and Tuesday will be in the low 60s, while overnight temperatures are projected to drop to the mid 30s. The cold front is expected to blow out by Wednesday and temperatures should return to the 70s for the remainder of the week.

Monday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 61 degrees. The air is expected to have an increased chill to it from the 20 mph winds as well. Blowing dust could be an issue for commuters as gusts could reach up to 30 mph toward the evening. The wind is expected to calm overnight to 10 mph, but the temperature is projected to drop to 35 degrees.

The temperature drop could cause sitting water to freeze, so residents are encouraged to be cautious throughout the night and early morning.

Tuesday is expected to be sunny, but the temperature high is projected to stay cool at 64 degrees. The wind is expected to be 5 mph, and the overnight low is projected to drop to 38 degrees.

Wednesday is expected to usher in the return of 70 degree weather. The forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 71 degrees. The wind is expected to stay calm near 5 mph, and the overnight low should rise above potentially freezing temperatures and rise to 40 degrees.

The temperature should continue to rise on Thursday as well. Sunny skies with a high near 76 degrees are expected. The wind is projected to stay calm, and the overnight low is expected to drop to 45 degrees.

The weekend is expected to remain sunny as well. The forecast calls for 78 degree days on Friday and Saturday, and a slight drop to 75 degrees on Sunday. More information will be available for the weekend forecast as the work week comes to a close.

The first part of the week will be cooler than recent days. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The weekly temperatures are set to drop, and Maricopa could see its first freeze since the winter.

According to the National Weather Service, Maricopa is set to see another week of beautiful weather. The days are expected to be mostly sunny with highs ranging from the mid 60s to high 70s, but the nights are expected to drop into the low 40s and high 30s. Some clouds may roll in, but no moisture is expected.

Monday is projected to be the warmest day of the week with the high temperature reaching 80 degrees. The sky is expected to stay clear and sunny with wind gusts rarely reaching above 5 mph. The overnight low is expected to drop to 50 degrees, and this is expected to be the only overnight low above 50 degrees all week.

Tuesday is expected to be significantly cooler than Monday. The sun is expected to be shining, but the high temperature for Tuesday is projected to only reach 67 degrees. The wind is expected to stay near 15 mph throughout the day, but strong gusts up to 25 mph could cause hazardous driving conditions. The overnight low is also expected to drop to 42 degrees. The added wind chill could make the air feel colder as well.

For Veterans Day, the cool temperature is expected to linger. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of just 67 degrees. The wind is expected to calm to 5 mph for the day, but the overnight low is projected to drop to 39 degrees. If temperatures drop any lower than expected, Maricopa could see its first freeze since the winter.

Any water on walkways, crops or roads could freeze overnight. Residents should plan accordingly before the temperatures begin to rise again on Thursday.

The sunny days are expected to continue on Thursday and usher in the return of temperature highs in the 70s. According to the NWS, the temperature should reach 73 degrees on Thursday, and the wind should remain calm. The overnight low is expected to drop to 42 degrees.

Friday is expected to begin a sunny weekend with temperatures in the mid to high 70s. The forecast currently calls for sunny skies with a high of 76 degrees, but more information will be available as the weekend approaches.

Sunny and mild expected in Maricopa before cooling down next week. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The weekend forecast calls for sunny skies with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

According to the National Weather Service, the cold snap that moved into Maricopa mid week will be blowing through by the end of the day Friday. Temperatures are expected to climb to the high 70s and low 80s for the remainder of the weekend.

Friday’s forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 71 degrees. The wind is expected to stay calm near 5 mph, and overnight low is expected to drop to 47 degrees. Some clouds may form in the evening, but no moisture is expected.

Saturday should see another sunny day with the high temperature climbing to 79 degrees. Wind gusts could reach up to 10 mph, but it is mostly expected to stay calm near 5 mph. The overnight low is projected to drop near 53 degrees.

Sunday is expected to be another sunny day with a high near 80 degrees. The wind is once again expected to be calm near 5 mph, but gusts could reach up to 10 mph. The overnight low is expected to drop to 51 degrees, and clouds could move in throughout the evening, but no moisture is expected.

The upcoming week is expected to remain sunny, but high temperatures are expected to drop into the 60s. More information will be available as the weekend comes to a close.

The forecast calls for rain Thursday and Friday but clear skies for Halloween on Saturday. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The weekend is expected to start with potentially heavy rain and thunderstorms, but by Saturday the skies are projected to clear up and usher in sunny days.

According to the National Weather Service, Thursday has a 30 percent chance of rain into the evening, and a 40 percent chance of showers throughout the night. The storms are expected to linger into Friday afternoon, but the moisture should move out by Friday night.

Friday is projected to have a 20 percent chance of rain in the morning and afternoon. The expected high is just 78 degrees, and the overnight low should drop near 53 degrees. The wind is expected to stay calm, but gusts could reach above 10 mph throughout the day.

On Halloween, the storm system is expected to be out of the area. The forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 79 degrees. The wind is once again expected to stay calm near 5 mph, and the overnight low is projected to drop to 54 degrees.

Sunday is expected to see temperatures return to the 80s with a high of 81 degrees. The forecast calls for sunny skies, and the wind is expected to remain calm. The overnight low is expected to continue its gradual climb to 55 degrees.

Next week is expected to start with sunny days but transition to rain by mid week. According to the NWS, Monday is projected to be sunny with a high of 85 degrees. Tuesday is also expected to be sunny, but the temperature is projected to drop 10 degrees to 73 for the high.

By Wednesday, a new storm system could arrive in the area. More information will be available as the weekend comes to a close.

After warm days, rain may creep into the picture for Thursday and Friday. Photo by Adam Wolfe

The upcoming week is projected to see mostly clear skies with high temperatures reaching near 90 degrees, but potential storms could roll in by the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, Maricopa residents can expect to see sunny days with temperatures in the mid to high 80s through Wednesday, but storms could move into the area on Thursday. There is currently a 20 percent chance of rain for Thursday into the weekend.

Monday is projected to be mostly sunny with a high of 88 degrees. The calm wind should remain near 5 mph, and the overnight low is expected to drop to 63 degrees. Some clouds may move in toward the afternoon, but no moisture is expected.

The forecast for Tuesday calls for similar weather as well. Residents should expect to see sunny skies with a high near 87 degrees. Once again, clouds may move in toward the evening, but no moisture is expected. The wind is expected to remain near 5 mph, and the overnight low should drop to 64 degrees.

The high temperature is expected to continue is gradual drop to 86 degrees on Wednesday. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and calm wind. Clouds are expected to move in Wednesday night, but no moisture is expected until Thursday. The overnight low may be 65 degrees.

By Thursday, a new storm system is expected to move into the area. According to the National Weather Service, there is currently a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms for Thursday afternoon. The high for the day is expected to reach 82 degrees, but the potential rain could cool the area down significantly. The overnight low is expected to drop below 60 degrees.

The storms are expected to last through Thursday evening and Friday. At this time, the forecast calls for a “slight chance of rain” through Friday, but more information on the weekend’s weather conditions will be available as the work week comes to a close.

Maricopa will have clear skies and temperatures in the 80s this weekend. Photo by Adam Wolfe

After storms hit Maricopa early in the week, sunny skies are breaking through for the weekend, and the autumn and winter days Arizona residents brag about are nearly upon us.

According to the National Weather Service, residents can expect to see sunny days with highs in the mid-80s throughout the weekend. Some clouds may appear, but no moisture is expected until late next week.

The forecast for Friday calls for sunny skies with a high near 84 degrees. The wind is expected to stay calm near 8 mph throughout the day, and the overnight low is projected to be 59 degrees.

Saturday is also shaping up to be a mildly hot and sunny day. The projected high for Saturday is 87 degrees, and the wind should once again remain calm near 8 mph. The overnight low is expected to drop to 62 degrees.

Sunday is expected to round out the weekend with another sunny day. The forecast calls for mostly clear skies and a high near 88 degrees. Once again, the wind is expected to stay calm, and the overnight low is projected to drop to 65 degrees.

As the new week approaches, sunny skies are expected to stay through Wednesday, but storms could return to the area on Thursday. More information will be available as the weekend comes to a close.

Be prepared for blowing dust in some areas.

After a record breaking week of heat, the weekend forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms through Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service, the storms that blew in today will last through Sunday evening. The chances of rain will lessen throughout the weekend, but strong winds and rain are expected.

Friday started with mostly sunny skies but transitioned to cloudy by the afternoon. The projected high is 93 degrees, but the afternoon is expected to cool down significantly when the storms roll in. There is currently a 60 percent chance of rain for the afternoon and a 70 percent chance of rain throughout the night. The winds are expected to be moderate near 15 mph, but gusts could reach as high as 25 mph overnight.

The storms are expected to last through Saturday as well. The cloudy day is expected to see a high of 88 degrees. There is also a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the afternoon, but the chances of moisture drop to 20 percent overnight. The wind is expected to stay near 10 mph, but gusts could reach up to 20 mph throughout the day.

The storm system is expected to linger into Sunday, but there is only a 20 percent chance of rain throughout the afternoon and evening. The high for the day is expected to be 90 degrees, and winds should stay near 10 mph.

As the new week approaches, the storms are expected to blow out. Sunny days are projected with high temperatures dipping into the mid to high 80s. More information will be available as the weekend comes to a close.

Maricopa will stay hot - in triple-digits - through the week. Photo by Adam Wolfe

After a few weeks of stormy weather, Maricopa residents can expect to see hot, sunny days throughout the work week.

According to the National Weather Service, the temperatures for the week should range between 101 and 105 degrees. The skies are expected to be mostly clear, and no moisture is in the forecast until Sunday.

For Monday, residents can expect to see partly cloudy skies with a high near 102 degrees. The winds are expected to stay calm near 6 mph, and road conditions are expected to be clear for commuters returning home. The air quality report from the Cowtown Air Quality Index listed Monday as having good (green) air quality. However, the expectation for Tuesday drops to moderate (yellow) air quality.

The forecast for Tuesday calls for sunny skies and a high near 103 degrees. The wind is once again expected to stay calm near 6 mph. The overnight low is expected to dip into the low 70s as well.

The rest of the work week is shaping up to be similar. Wednesday is expected to see clear skies and a high near 105 degrees, while Thursday is projected to be nearly identical with sunny skies and a high near 104 degrees. Friday’s forecast is for temperatures to drop slightly to 102 degrees, but for skies to remain clear.

According to the NWS, there is a potential for rain and thunderstorms on Sunday, but the forecast currently calls for a sunny Saturday. The weekend forecast will become clearer as the work week winds down.

The forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain and potential thunderstorms on Monday.

A flash flood warning has been issued for Maricopa and the greater Phoenix metropolitan area through Tuesday at 5 p.m.

“An increase in the tropical moisture will aid in generating showers and thunderstorms; producing heavy rain at times,” The National Weather Service said in a statement. “The heavy precipitation threat will remain over the region through Tuesday afternoon. Rainfall estimates through Tuesday morning range from one to two inches over the southwest and central deserts of Arizona.”

The forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain and potential thunderstorms on Monday. The storm system moved in Monday morning and is expected to linger through Wednesday morning. The majority of the rainfall is expected Monday afternoon and evening.

Monday will also see a high near 90 degrees, and wind gusts up to 17 mph. The area is under a flash flood warning, so commuters should be aware of sitting water on roadways and hazardous driving conditions.

“A flash flood watch means that flooding of washes, creeks and other drainage areas is possible within the watch area,” the NWS released in a statement. “Residents and motorists living or traveling in the flood prone areas should concern themselves with the flood potential. If you are in the watch area, you should watch the weather and be prepared to take immediate action should heavy rain and flooding occur.”

The storm is expected to lose momentum by Tuesday, but there is still an 80 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms through the afternoon. The flash flood warning is set to expire at 5 p.m., but moisture is still expected through the night. The projected high is just 88 degrees, and winds could reach up to 11 mph.

The lingering portions of the storm are expected to blow out by Wednesday afternoon. There is a 10 percent chance of showers before 11 a.m., but the sun is expected to break through after that. The projected high is 92 degrees, and the wind is expected to stay calm near 7 mph.

Thursday is expected to return to typical conditions for the season. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 98 degrees.

Friday, as well as the rest of the weekend, is expected to see mostly clear skies with highs in the triple digits as well.

Maricopa is expected to have mostly clear skies this week with temperatures in the 90s. Photo by Adam Wolfe

Storms could be possible early in the week in Maricopa, but skies are expected to be mostly clear with temperatures in the high 90s for the majority of the week.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of rain for through Tuesday afternoon. Once the storms blow through, the skies should clear up and see a return of sunny days. Temperatures are also expected to mild in comparison to the last few weeks and stay under triple-digits.

Monday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain throughout the day. The rain and thunderstorms could last throughout the night as well, and gusting winds up to 20 mph could cause more hazards for evening commuters. The projected high for Monday is 98 degrees.

Tuesday is expected to see a slight drop in heat to 96 degrees. There is a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon, but the storm system is expected to clear out by the evening. Heavy wind could remain an issue throughout the day with gusts reaching up to 21 mph.

Wednesday is projected to usher in a streak of sunny days. The forecast calls for mostly clear skies with a high near 95 degrees. The wind is expected to calm down a bit, but gusts could still reach as high as 14 mph.

The rest of the week is projected to be mostly clear skies with moderate wind. Thursday is expected to see a high near 96 degrees, and Friday is projected to see a slight spike to 98 degrees. The sun is expected to shine through the weekend as well. However, more information will be available as the weekend approaches.

Temperatures are staying warm, but storms could roll in Sunday. Photo by Adam Wolfe

By Adam Wolfe

Maricopa resident should expect to see sunny days with highs around 100 degrees to start the weekend before storms move in on Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service, Saturday should feature mostly sunny skies with highs between 101 and 103 degrees. As the weekend draws to a close, a storm system is expected to bring rain and thunderstorms to the area through Tuesday.

Saturday should see much of the same weather as Friday. The temperature is expected to slightly spike to 103 degrees, but the skies are still expected to be mostly sunny throughout the day.

The wind is also expected to stay calm near 6 mph, and the overnight low should drop to 79 degrees. A new storm system is expected to arrive in Maricopa on Sunday.

According to the NWS, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms after 11 a.m., and the storms are expected to last through the night. The projected high for the day is 101 degrees, and the wind is expected to gust near 11 mph. The storms are expected to last through the night.

Monday is also projected to be a stormy day. There is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the morning and afternoon. The chances of thunderstorms decrease into the evening, but the possibility of rain will remain through the night. The projected high for Monday is 97 degrees.

According to the NWS, Tuesday is currently projected to be breezy with a high of just 93 degrees.  There is a “slight chance of thunderstorms” throughout the day, but the forecast will become more accurate as the new week approaches.

Expect a lot of overcast days, though temperatures will continue to edge over 100 degrees. Photo by Adam Wolfe

By Adam Wolfe

Similar to the last few weeks, afternoon storms are possible throughout the week.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20-percent chance of rain and thunderstorms through Thursday. The majority of the storms are projected to roll in each afternoon, but the forecast calls for overcast skies, so storms are possible throughout the day. The storm system is expected to break by Friday and usher in sunny days for the weekend.

Tuesday is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high near 102 degrees. There is a 10-percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening. The wind is expected to stay calm near 8 mph throughout the night, and the overnight low is expected to drop to 81 degrees.

Wednesday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 97 degrees. The chances increase to 20 percent for rain and thunderstorms for the afternoon and evening. The wind is once again expected to be calm near 9 mph during the day and drop to 5 mph overnight. The overnight low is expected to be 79 degrees.

The storm system is expected to begin moving out on Thursday. There is still a 10-percent chance of thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening, but the sun could begin to break through. The projected high is 99 degrees, and the wind is expected to be near 5 mph throughout the day. The overnight low is expected to drop to 79 degrees.

Friday is expected to see a return of the sun and triple-digit temperatures. The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high near 102 degrees. The wind should remain calm throughout the day as well.

The forecast for Saturday and Sunday calls for mostly sunny skies with highs in the low 100s. More information will be available as the weekend approaches.

 

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By Adam Wolfe

Don’t break out the winter clothing yet, but for the first time since the spring weekend temperatures will be below triple digits for Labor Day weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms through Friday, and a 10 percent chance of storms through Monday. The storm system could bring much needed rain to the region, as well as drop temperatures to a summer low for the weekend. Daily highs are expected to remain under 100 degrees until Sunday.

Thursday is projected to see a high of 99 degrees with gusting winds. There is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the afternoon and evening, but according to the NWS, storm activity is not expected until after 2 p.m. The overnight low is expected to drop to 77 degrees.

Friday is projected to be the coolest day of the holiday weekend with a high of just 97 degrees. The wind is expected to be calm near 10 mph, but residents can expect to see rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. There is a 30 percent chance for the storms to last until Saturday morning.

Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 99 degrees. The wind is again expected to stay calm, and the majority of the storms are expected to have moved through. There is still a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms, but they will likely be appearing as afternoon monsoons if they appear at all.

Sunday could see a return of the triple digits. The projected high is 101 degrees, but there is a 10 percent chance afternoon storms could roll in and cool things down a bit. For the most part, Sunday is expected to be a sunny day.

Residents looking to spend Labor Day outside should be in luck as the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies. The high is expected to reach 103 degrees, and the wind is currently projected to be relatively calm. There is a 10 percent chance of afternoon rain and thunderstorms, but the majority of the day is expected to be clear.

A slight chance of thunderstorms and rain is currently projected for next week, but more information will be available as the new week approaches.

Clouds drift into Maricopa on the horizon, with a chance for rain every day. Photo by Adam Wolfe

=By Adam Wolfe

The week is projected to feature much of the same weather and monsoons that swept through Maricopa over the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20 to 30 percent chance of afternoon rain and thunderstorms each day this week. The storms are expected to drop the high temperatures from near 110 degrees to around 105 degrees throughout the week. Winds are expected to stay near 10 mph, but strong gusts may occur sporadically.

Monday is projected to be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of afternoon rain and thunderstorms. The chances jump to 30 percent for rain and thunderstorms as the evening approaches. The high is expected to reach 105 degrees, and the wind is expected to stay calm near 10 mph throughout the day.

Tuesday is projected to be partly cloudy in the morning, with potential storms moving in during the afternoon. There is a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the early afternoon, but monsoons are expected in the evening, and a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms will linger throughout the night. The high is expected to be 103 degrees, but the wind could kick up loose dust with a steady breeze around 13 mph and occasional strong gusts.

Wednesday is expected to be a near mirror image of Tuesday featuring a 10 percent chance of afternoon storms and a 20 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms. The projected high for Wednesday drops to 101 degrees and the wind is expected to calm to around 9 mph for most of the day.

Thursday is expected to feature mostly clear skies during the day before the storms roll in toward the evening. There is currently a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the night. The projected high is 103 degrees, but the wind is expected to stay relatively calm.

Friday and Saturday forecasts currently call for rain and thunderstorms. The high for both days is expected to be around 100 degrees, but more information on the weekend will be available later in the week.

There will be a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms starting Friday night. Photo by Adam Wolfe

 By Adam Wolfe

 

The National Weather Service is calling for potential rain and thunderstorms throughout the weekend.

There will be a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms starting Friday night and lasting through Sunday. The temperatures may still reach 110 degrees, but rain could keep the days a bit cooler. Once the storms blow through, mostly clear skies are expected.

The forecast for Friday calls for mostly clear skies during the day with a high near 108 degrees and winds staying calm near 8 mph. As the evening approaches, storms are expected to move in. There is a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the night, and the overnight low is expected to be 83 degrees.

The storm is expected to linger into Saturday morning as there is a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms before 11 a.m. As the afternoon approaches, the chances for rain increase to 20 percent, but the winds are once again expected to stay calm near 9 mph. The high for the day is projected to be 110 degrees, and the overnight low is expected to be 83 degrees.

Sunday will nearly mirror Saturday as there is a 10 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms in the morning before the chances increase to 20 percent in the afternoon. The projected high for Sunday is 106 degrees. The winds are expected to stay near 10 mph, and the storm is expected to blow out overnight.

As the new week approaches, the forecast calls for mostly clear skies. Temperatures are expected to be near 105 degrees to start the new work week.

Clouds rolled in overnight for an overcast Thursday in Maricopa. Photo by Adam Wolfe

By Adam Wolfe

The weekend is expected to feature excessive heat and possible storms before making way to mostly sunny skies.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms moving into the area on Thursday and lasting through Friday night. The storms are expected to blow out Saturday morning, and residents should see mostly sunny days around 106 degrees for the rest of the weekend.

The projected high for Thursday is 108 degrees. The wind is expected to stay relatively calm with occasional gusts reaching 13 mph. There is a 30 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., and the storm system is expected to linger into Friday as well.

Friday is also expected to be hot with a high near 106 degrees despite the possibility of storms throughout the day. The forecast is mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. The winds are expected to pick up with gusts reaching as high as 23 mph.

The storm system is expected to blow out by Saturday and give way to mostly sunny skies. The projected high for Saturday is 106 degrees. The winds are expected to calm down to a mild 10 mph as well.

Sunday is also projected to be mostly sunny with a high of 106 degrees. The winds are expected to stay relatively calm once again, and the sky should remain clear throughout the night.

As the new week approaches, the possibility of storms will return. According to the NWS, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week are currently projected to have a “slight chance of thunderstorms.” The forecast will become more clear as the new week approaches.