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Photo by Kyle Norby

After setting a record of 114 degrees on Wednesday, 10 degrees above normal, Maricopa can look forward to a slightly cooler, possibly damper weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, there is a 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms while the high temperature reaches 110 degrees F. Tonight should be mostly clear with a low of 80.

Friday has a sunny forecast, expecting a high of about 105. The overnight low may be around 79 with the return of a 20-percent chance of rain after midnight.

Saturday is expected to be sunny with a high of just 102. The nighttime will be breezy, including gusts up to 20 mph, with a low 79.

Sunday may be mostly sunny with a high around 103 and light breezes. The overnight low will be around 79.

That leads to a week with increasingly warm temperatures.

 

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Maricopa will be baking this weekend.

With temperatures continuing to sizzle, the National Weather Service has extended the excessive heat warning through 8 p.m. Friday in western Pinal County.

An excessive heat warning mans that a period of very hot temperatures, even by local standards, will occur. Overexposure can cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion to develop and, without intervention, can lead to heat stroke.

Stay indoors and seek air-conditioned buildings. Those engaging in outdoor work or athletic activity should be closely monitored. If engaging in outdoor activity, take longer and more frequent breaks and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars.

Today is sunny and hot with a high near 114 and little wind. Tonight will be clear with a low around 81.

Friday’s forecast is also sunny and hot with a high near 111. The night is expected to be mostly clear with alow around 80 and winds of 5-10 mph.

Saturday is expected to be sunny with a high near 109. The overnight low will be around 80 under mostly clear skies.

Sunday will likely see a few clouds with a partly sunny forecast and a high of 109. The night will have partly cloudy skies and a low around 81.

Next week will grow progressively hotter with the possibility of another heat warning.

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Maricopa will be under an excessive heat watch this week, according to the National Weather Service as temperatures soar.

The watch is in place Tuesday morning through Thursday evening. High temperatures are expected to reach at least 113 midweek. Excessive heat can lead to heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and other related illnesses. Heat stroke can lead to death.

Stay indoors and seek air-conditioned buildings. Drink water, more than usual, and avoid dehydrating alcoholic, sugary or caffeinated drinks. Dress for the heat – lightweight and light-colored clothing. Eat small meals and eat more often.

Monitor those with a higher vulnerability to heat, including small children. Check in on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly. If engaging in outdoor activity, take longer and more frequent breaks and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars.

Today, the expected high temperature is 107. The nighttime low will be around 78.

Tuesday, the high is forecast to be 109 under sunny skies. The overnight low will be around 82.

Wednesday, prepare for a sunny and hot day, with a high near 113 and little wind. The night is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 83.

Thursday is forecast to be sunny and hot with a high near 113. The overnight low will likely be around 83.

Friday cools down a bit for a high of 110. Winds are expected to pick up, gusting as high as 20 mph. That will continue into evening, when the low is expected to be around 82.

The weekend will still be slightly above normal but below 110.

Maricopa's weekend weather will see a mix of clouds and sun. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa’s weekend weather is expected to become a little cooler than recent weeks and even drop below the normal high of 105, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is mostly sunny with a forecast high of 107. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 83. A high-pollution advisory remains in effect in Pinal County.

Friday will likely be partly sunny with a high near 106. Clouds will move in during the evening, bringing a 20-percent chance of rain after midnight and low around 82.

Saturday‘s high will be near 101 under mostly sunny skies. The 20-percent chance of precipitation returns in the evening as the low drops to around 80.

Sunday has a 20-percent chance of rain during the day and an expected high of 101. The evening will be mostly clear with a low around 80.

Next week, daily high temperatures will climb back over 105 under clear skies.

Days will grow increasingly hot this weekend, but there is a small chance of rain. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

This weekend will not only be a little hotter than normal, according to the National Weather Service, but will also likely have bad air quality.

Pinal County Department of Air Quality has issued an Ozone High Pollution Advisory for Friday. This means forecast weather conditions combined with existing ozone levels are expected to result in eight-hour ozone concentrations that pose a health risk.

A decrease in physical activity is recommended. The use of gasoline-powered equipment should be reduced or done late in the day.

Today is mostly sunny with an expected high of 103 degrees F. Tonight’s low is expected to be abound 83.

Friday, the temperature is expected to climb to 107 under sunny skies. The nighttime low will likely be around 84.

Saturday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 109 and increasing breezes. The average high for this time of year is 105. The overnight low will be around 85.

Sunday is predicted to climb to 110 on a partly sunny day. By night, there is a 20-percent chance of rain before 11 p.m. The night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 85.

The chance for precipitation returns on Tuesday, but high temperatures are expected to remain in the triple digits for the week.

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National Weather Service – The Flash Flood Watch continues for portions of south central Arizona and southwest Arizona, including west Pinal County until 1 a.m.

Thunderstorms this afternoon and evening will have the potential for producing locally heavy rain due to the abundance of available moisture. Rainfall rates may exceed 1 inch per hour in the stronger thunderstorms.

Rapidly rising water in washes may flood low-water crossings. Moving water may be strong enough to carry people and vehicles downstream. Never cross a flooded road.
A Flash Flood Watch means that flooding of washes, creeks and other drainage areas is possible within the watch area. 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 or a flash flood warning be issued.

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Clouds move over mid-town Maricopa in a week that could see raindrops.

Clouds are rolling in, bringing the best chance for rain Maricopa has seen in weeks, according to the National Weather Service, with high likelihood of showers Tuesday.

Tonight, there is a 20-percent chance of rain after 11 p.m. and patchy blowing dust between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. The low temperature will be around 85 degrees F.

Tuesday the chance of precipitation increases to 30 percent between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. There is also a chance for showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Overall the day will be mostly sunny with a high near 104 and blowing dust before 9 p.m. The night brings a 50 percent chance of rain with accumulation of less than a 10th of an inch.

Wednesday there is also a 50-percent chance of rain before 11 a.m. and possibility of showers and thunderstorms afterward. The day is forecast to be partly sunny with a high near 96. During the night, the chance of rain slips to 30 percent while the low temperature will be around 79.

Thursday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 100. The overnight low will be around 81.

Friday also has a partly sunny forecast with a high near 105 and a nighttime low around 82.

From this distance, the weekend looks to be increasingly hot and dry.

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Sunny days and partly cloudy nights are ahead and could be building to rain.

Maricopa will have another hot weekend that leads off with an air-quality warning, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with an expected high of 107 degrees F. Tonight will be mostly cloud, then gradually become mostly clear with a low around 83 and winds gusting up to 20 mph. The Pinal County Department of Air Quality has extended an Ozone High Pollution Advisory through Friday. This means that forecast weather conditions combined with existing ozone levels are expected to result in local maximum eight-hour ozone concentrations that pose a health risk

Friday’s forecast sees a sunny day with a high near 108. The overnight low will be around 84 under mostly clear skies.

Saturday is predicted to sunny and hot, with a high near 110. The night will likely be partly cloudy with a low around 85.

Sunday will be nearly identical, a sunny and hot day with a high of 110, but with increasing winds of 10-15 mph that could gust up to 20 mph. The overnight low will be around 84.

Next week starts out much the same, though rain showers are possible Tuesday.

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Dust storm on I-8. (ADOT file photo)

A Blowing Dust Advisory will be in effect this afternoon. It is expected to impact the Interstate 8 and I-10 corridors, Sonoran Desert National Monument and surrounding communities in west and northwest Pinal County.

The advisory is from 4 to 10 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service.

The threat for a dust storm will increase as winds from distant thunderstorms will be capable of generating blowing dust.

Visibility will be below one mile for many locations, even below one-quarter mile. Outflow winds from thunderstorms may reach 35 mph and locally 55 mph closer to thunderstorms.

Blowing dust may cause hazardous driving conditions. Outdoor activity also should be limited.

Be ready for a sudden drop in visibility. If you encounter blowing dust or blowing sand on the roadway or see it approaching, pull off the road as far as possible and put your vehicle in park. Turn the lights all the way off and keep your foot off the brake pedal.

Another hot weekend with increasing humidity is in store for Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

 

Heat remains above normal for Maricopa’s weekend weather, according to the National Weather Service. The average high temperature for this time of year is 106 degrees F.

Today is sunny with a high near 108. Tonight will remain mostly clear, with a low around 81.

Friday is forecast to be sunny and hot with a high near 110. The overnight low is expected to be around 80.

Saturday, the high will likely go back to around 108, followed by a partly cloudy night with a low again near 80.

Sunday will likely have increased winds after a mostly sunny day and a high near 107. The overnight low will be around 81 while 5-15 mph winds have gusts up to 20 mph.

That leads to a hot week with some opportunities for rain on Monday and Tuesday.

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Homes continue to go up in Alterra and other subdivisions in the summer heat.

Another sizzling weekend is ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.
Today is sunny and hot, with the expected high temperature to reach 113 degrees F. The evening will be mostly cloudy with a low around 81.
Friday, the forecast calls for a sunny and hot day with a high near 112. Pinal County Department of Air Quality has issued an airborne
coarse particle high pollution advisory. The overnight low will be around 80.
Saturday, plan for a mostly sunny and hot day with a high near 112 and few breezes. The nighttime low will be around 80.
Sunday will likely be sunny and hot with a high near 110 and winds 5-10 mph. The overnight low will be around 81.
That leads to a week of similar high temperatures and a few clouds on the horizon.

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Partly sunny days are looking to be present throughout the week. Photo by Kyle Norby

Following a sunny weekend, we can expect to see the temperatures slowly climb all week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny, with a high near 104 degrees and winds 5-10 mph in the afternoon with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight is looking clear, with a low around 68 with the wind becoming light and variable in the evening.

Tuesday will be sunny, with the high being near 106. At night, it will be calm and clear, with a low around 73.

Wednesday will heat up, with a high near 110. Wednesday night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 78.

Thursday maintains the heat, with a high near 112 and partly sunny. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Thursday night is expected to be partly cloudy, with a low around 81.

Friday will stay sunny and hot, with a high near 113. In the evening, we will see partly cloudy, with a low around 80 and calm winds.

The weekend is expected to remain sunny and hot, with temperatures to remain in the 110s.

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The sun sets on another hot day in Maricopa. Photo by Kyle Norby

High temperatures are continuing throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today will be a sunny Independence Day with a high near 107 degrees F. The overnight low is expected to be around 72 with light winds expected.

Friday is sunny with the high again near 107 with a slight wind in the morning. The night is clear with the low around 74.

Saturday, the forecast will be sunny and a bit hotter, with a high near 108 and calm winds. Partial clouds will be present at night with the low dropping to around 76.

Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 106 and more calm wind in the afternoon. The night brings a low of around 71 and will be mostly cloudy.

The next week sees more of the same weather with the temperature slowly climbing back up by Wednesday.

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Long-range predictions for hotter, drier-than-normal July

Sonoran Desert (file photo)

By Jim Headley

Peter Geiger, editor of Farmers’ Almanac, said it will be hot in Arizona this July.

While that really doesn’t come as a surprise, Geiger said it will be downright “sizzling” across the Southwest.

“I don’t get to talk to very many people in Arizona,” Geiger said. “I will not disappoint you this summer – we use the word ‘sizzling’ and with average precipitation.”

A competing publication with an even longer history, The Old Farmer’s Almanac also is specifically predicting the month of July will be hotter and drier than normal in the Valley of the Sun.

Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, said the company researched and developed a weather forecast in February 2018 that indicated this July will be slightly hotter than normal and with below-normal rainfall.

The forecast is produced by Michael Steinberg.

“They are also predicting the monsoon for later in summer, probably more into September and October,” Stillman said. “We have also made a similar prediction for above-normal rainfall in September and October.”

Geiger said Farmers’ Almanac, established in 1818, predicts the weather for three-day segments throughout the year.

“We do talk about monsoon showers July 4 through the 7th for parts of Arizona,” Geiger said. “We talk about more monsoon storms in Arizona from July 24 to 27. I don’t know if that’s unusual. On average, you will get four rainy days throughout the month of July and you get about an inch of rain.”

Spring in Arizona was “cooler than normal,” which is exactly what Farmer’s Almanac predicted in its 2019 edition.

Stillman said it’s encouraging when The Old Farmer’s Almanac, established in 1792, comes out with a forecast more than a year in advance that matches the much later National Weather Service forecasts.

“It’s our long-range philosophy and the technology that is applied,” she said.

Old Farmer’s Almanac weather map

How do Farmers’ Almanac and The Old Farmer’s Almanac make such long-range predictions with accuracy?

“It is done using a mathematical formula that was developed in the early 1800s by our first editor, David Young,” Peter Geiger said of the Farmer’s Almanac. “It is applied to sunspot activity, point of positions of the Earth and the effect the moon has on the Earth. Sunspot activity is critically important. We are told that we are maybe 75 to 85 percent accurate,” he said.

Over at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, it’s similar.

“We use three scientific disciplines,” Janice Stillman said, “which include solar sun activity, the sunspots, which are magnetic storms on the surface of the sun that occur in cycles of 11 years on average. We are in the midst of one of the quietest cycles in more than 100 years. There is almost no solar activity. We also use climatology, which is the study of prevailing conditions over long periods of time, decades and even centuries. We also take into consideration greenhouse gasses and carbon influence in the atmosphere.”

The strange thing is, Stillman said, we should be experiencing a severe cooling period with slow sunspot activity. Instead, with global climate change occurring, things are still heating up when they should be cooling down.

“You don’t know until you get through it. I know the global temperatures are rising but it’s not the same all over the globe all of the time. We do believe that solar cycles have something to do with the warming oceans and the jet stream being influenced by the meltdown in the artic,” she said.

Geiger said because Farmers’ Almanac’s forecasts are based on statistical data, climate change is not considered a factor when forecasts are made. The planet’s climate changes on a regular basis anyway, he said.

“Are we shooting to be totally hot and never cool again? I don’t know,” Geiger said. “Climate change is not as factorable as is sunspot activity and planet position – that stuff you can measure. Climate change is always happening. You really have to look back hundreds of thousands of years to see what’s happened to the climate on the planet.”

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This story is in the July issue of InMaricopa.

Clear, blue skies are expected this week in Maricopa.

After an elevated weekend, temperatures are expected to return to normal by Tuesday in time for a typical Fourth of July in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny and hot with a high near 111 degrees F and 5-15 mph winds that will gust as high as 20 mph. Tonight will have a low around 77.

Tuesday, the forecast sees sunny skies, a high near 109 and continued breezy conditions. The overnight low will be around 75.

Wednesday, look for sunny skies and high near 108 and winds up 15 mph. The nighttime low will be around 71.

Independence Day will likely be sunny with a high near 107 and 5-10 mph winds. The night is forecast to be clear for fireworks-watchers and low around 72.

Friday, expect sun and a high near 107 and calm breezes. The overnight low will be around 74.

From this distance the weekend looks hot and mostly sunny throughout.

 

The new fountain in The Villages beats the heat during a scorching weekend. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

High pressure will keep high temperatures a few degrees above normal through Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with a high near 107 degrees F. The overnight low will be around 70.

Friday, the forecast is for sunny and hot with a high near 111 and little wind. The night is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 76.

Saturday is likely to be partly sunny with a high near 108. The clouds fully move in overnight, when the low will be around 77 and the winds gust up to 20 mph.

Sunday is expected to return to partly sunny and hot, with a high near 110 and mild winds. The nighttime low will be around 78 as the winds pick up to 15 mph and gust up to 20 mph.

Next week starts out with a scorcher, but high temperatures should be at seasonal norms by Tuesday.

Sunny days are predicted throughout the week as the days get hotter. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

 

Days will get progressively hotter in Maricopa during the week, according to the National Weather Service, heading into a simmering weekend.

Today is sunny with an expected high of 104 degrees F this afternoon. Tonight, the low will be around 67.

Tuesday, the forecast calls for a high near 106 under sunny skies. The overnight low will be around 69.

Wednesday is likely to be a near repeat, with a high of 106 expected during a sunny day and low of 68 overnight.

Thursday, too, is predicted to be sunny but with the high temperature increasing to 107 and winds increasing to 10 mph. Overnight, the low will be around 69.

Friday, the high is forecast to be near 108 with continued variable winds and mostly sunny skies. The nighttime low will be around 72.

From this distance, the weekend weather looks to have daily temperatures over 110, which may trigger another heat warning.

The corn is high off Bowlin Road at Sorrento.

Weekend weather in Maricopa will be a little bit cooler and breezier, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, the high temperature is expected to be 105 degrees F with winds 5-10 mph. Tonight, expect the winds to gust up to 20 mph and the low to drop to around 67.

Friday, the forecast calls for a sunny day with a high near 103. Winds of 5-15 mph may gust up to 25 mph. The overnight low will be around 66.

Saturday will likely be sunny but the high will only be near 99. The nighttime low will be around 65 under clear skies with winds topping out at 15 mph.

Sunday also sees sunny skies ahead and a high near 100. The overnight low will be around 66.

Next week will start with clear skies and temps in staying in the low 100s.

After a blistering week, more clear skies and slightly less hot temperatures are in store for Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Temperatures in the low 100s and lots of sun are in this week’s forecast for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with a high near 105. The overnight low will be 67 with increasing winds up to 15 mph.

Tuesday is expected to be sunny with a high near 104. The nighttime low will be around 65.

Wednesday‘s forecast calls for sunny skies and high near 104. Overnight, the low will be round 67.

Thursday also has a sunny forecast with a high near 106. The night will have a low around 67.

Friday, too, anticipates clear skies with a high near 104 but with more breezes. The wind could gust up to 20 mph. The overnight low will be around 68.

That is expected to start a warm, sunny weekend with temps just above 100 with no precipitation yet in the forecast.

Modular buildings wait in the sun in the parking lot at Maricopa High School to be used as overflow classrooms in the coming school year. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

With the excessive heat advisory ending tonight, the weekend outlook for Maricopa still includes triple digits and lot and lots of sun, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is partly sunny and hot with an expected high of 113 and winds reaching 15 mph. Tonight will likely be mostly cloudy with gradual clearing and a low around 71. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 105 and continued breezy conditions. The nighttime low will be around 69.

Saturday is expected to be sunny with a high near 104. The overnight low will be around 71.

Sunday is also likely to be sunny with a high near 105. The night temperature will drop to around 70.

The pattern will continue into next week with daily temps expected in the low 100s.

 

ADOT

Monsoon season is back.

While the exact moment of when the first massive wall of dust will rise up from the desert floor isn’t known, we do know this: It’s coming.

With June 9-14 officially proclaimed Monsoon Awareness Week by Governor Doug Ducey, now is the perfect time to brush up on the actions drivers can take to stay safest when confronted with blowing dust.

The No. 1 thing motorists can do to stay out of harm’s way? Do. Not. Drive. Into. A. Dust. Storm.

That’s a really bad idea. Visibility can drop to zero and turn pitch black, meaning you’re driving blind and so is anyone else on the road with you. But maybe you’re curious and wonder, “Just how dark and dangerous could it be?” Well, we’ve got the answers. This video shows how quickly visibility is reduced to nearly nothing after driving into a dust storm.  And this video shows the aftermath of a 19-vehicle collision that occurred in 2013 in dust storm on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak that resulted in three fatalities and a dozen injured people.

ADOT  developed the “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” dust storm safety driving tips, which can help motorists survive a blowing dust event.

  • If you encounter a dust storm, immediately check traffic around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway – do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.
  • Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane. Look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights. You do not want other vehicles, approaching from behind, to use your lights as a guide and possibly crash into your parked vehicle.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seat belt buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
  • Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.

More information on dust storm safety can be found at PullAsideStayAlive.org and safety tips for driving in rainstorms can be found at azdot.gov/monsoon.

 

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Stay cool and hydrated during the excessive heat warning. Photo by Jim Headley

The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued an excessive heat warning, from 10 a.m. Tuesday through 8 p.m. Thursday.

An excessive heat warning means that a period of very hot temperatures, even by local standards, will occur. Actions should be taken to lessen the impact of the extreme heat.

Today will be hot and sunny with a high near 108. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 77.

Tuesday is expected to be even hotter and mostly sunny with a high near 110 when the excessive heat warning is in effect. Tuesday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 78.

Wednesday will likely be sunny and hot with a high near 112 and maybe 113. Wednesday night will be mostly clear with a low around 78.

Thursday is forecast to be mostly sunny and hot with a high near 111 and winds 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Thursday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 72.

Friday will be sunny and cooler with a high of just 105 expected. Friday night will be clear with a low around 70.

Highs will remain above 100 through the weekend, so be careful outdoors. Take lots of water with you anytime to venture out of air-conditioned buildings.

During an excessive heat warning, overexposure can cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion to develop and, without intervention, can lead to heat stroke.

Stay indoors and seek air-conditioned buildings. Drink water, more than usual, and avoid dehydrating alcoholic, sugary, or caffeinated drinks. Dress for the heat – lightweight and light-colored clothing. Eat small meals and eat more often. Monitor those with a higher vulnerability to heat, including small children and pets. Check in on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly. If engaging in outdoor activity, take longer and more frequent breaks and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars.

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 as an emergency and call 9 1 1.

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Triple digits are here to stay for a while. Photo by Jim Headley

Summer has finally arrived in the Valley as highs will exceed 100 degrees in the foreseeable forecast, according to the National Weather Service. Next week promises to be sizzling as highs will hover around 110 degrees. No precipitation is expected through the weekend.

Today will remain hot and sunny with a high near 103. Tonight will be clear with a low around 70.

Friday will be sunny again with a high near 101. Friday night will also be mostly clear with a low around 67.

Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 101. Saturday night will be mostly clear with a low around 68.

Sunday will remain mostly sunny, with a high near 105. Sunday night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 72.

Brace yourself, as temps will hit 109 on Monday and 110 Tuesday. It’s going to be hot all week.

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Look for a place to keep cool, because this week is expected to stay around 100 degrees. Photo by Jim Headley

Maricopa is ready to crack 100 degrees again, according to the National Weather Service. Highs will remain in the upper 90s until Wednesday, when the 100-degree barrier will likely be broken.

Today will be sunny with a high near 97. Tonight, skies will remain clear with a low around 64.

Tuesday will also be sunny with a high near 98. The night will be clear with a low around 66.

Wednesday is forecast to be a little warmer and sunny with a high near 100. Wednesday night will likely be clear and slightly warmer with a low around 68.

Thursday the sun rules with a high of 101 expected. The night will be clear with a low around 67.

Friday is expected to remain hot and sunny with a high near 100. Friday night will be clear with a low around 66.

From this distance, the weekend will remain the same with highs around 100 and no precipitation expected.

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Hot weather is in store for Arizona's "Free Fishing Day" Saturday, when everyone will be able to fish without a license including Brody Hall, left, and Michael Marzullo, fishing for catfish at Pacana Park. Photo by Jim Headley

Maricopa temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny and warm with a high near 96. Tonight, expect clear skies with a low around 65. Calm wind becoming west-southwest around 5 mph after midnight.

Friday is expected to be sunny and even warmer with a high near 99.Friday night will remain clear with a low around 64 and winds 5-10 mph.

Saturday again is forecast to be sunny and hot with a high near 99 and winds 5 to 10 mph in time for Free Fishing Day statewide on public waters. Saturday night is likely to be clear with a low around 64.

Sunday may experience more of the same, sunny with a high near 99. Sunday night will remain clear with a low around 64.

Next week it will break 100 degrees daily through Wednesday. Welcome to summer, folks.

Many blossoms have enjoyed cooler-than-usual temperatures, but Maricopa weather is heating up. Photo by Jim Headley

Last week was very cool for this time of year but that is all about to change and high will near 100 all week, according to the National Weather Service. No precipitation is expected this week.

Today will be sunny with a high near 87. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 58.

Wednesday will again be sunny with a high near 92. Wednesday night will be clear with a low around 62.

Thursday expect more sunshine with a high near 96. Thursday night will remain clear with a low around 64.

Friday is forecast to be sunny and hot, with a high near 99 and winds 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.  Friday night may remain clear with a low around 64.

From this distance, Saturday looks to be a repeat of Friday with sunny skies and a high near 99. This weekend will be hot with highs near 100 and sunshine.

 

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Enjoying the weather for the long Memorial Day weekend? Photo by Jim Headley

If you had the opportunity to dream up the ideal weather forecast for a holidayweekend this would be it, according to the National Weather Service. It will be mild in the coming weekend with highs in the 80s and low 90s. No rain is forecast in the look ahead. So, get outside and enjoy Memorial Day with a baseball game, a barbecue, a hike in the desert or just a walk in the park. You deserve it.

Today is mild and sunny with a high near 80. Tonight will be rather chilly and clear with a low around 52.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 89. Friday night expect clear skies and a low around 57.

Saturday will be sunny with a high near 93. Saturday night will remain clear with a low around 57 and winds 5 to 10 mph gusting as high as 20 mph.

Sunday will likely be perfect with sunshine and a high near 88 and winds 10 to 15 mph gusting as high as 25 mph. Sunday night will be mostly clear with a low around 55.

Memorial Day will be a perfect day to get outside and enjoy the holiday with sunny skies and a high near 82. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Construction workers have a cooler but windy week ahead at the Heritage Academy campus. Photo by Jim Headley

Rest easy, as Maricopa is in store for a cooler week, according to the National Weather Service. The week starts in the 70s and 80s. Temperatures will be rising towards the end the week, so enjoy the cool weather while it lasts.

Today will be mostly sunny but cool, with a high near 76 and winds around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 51.

Tuesday will have more sunny skies with a high near 83 and winds 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Tuesday night the sky will become partly cloudy with a low around 52.

Wednesday will return to mostly sunny with a high near 74. Wednesday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 50.

Thursday the sun will shine with a high near 83. Thursday night will remain mostly clear with a low around 55.

Friday will be warmer and sunny, with a high near 90. Friday night will remain mostly clear with a low around 57.

Expect highs into the 90s through the weekend and wind gusts up to 20 mph.

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Photo by Jim Headley

The area reached 100 degrees yesterday but don’t expect those hot conditions to continue, according to the National Weather Service. A cold front will move into the central deserts later today, dropping highs into the low 90s. Much cooler temperatures are expected Friday as the mercury falls into the low 80s. Friday should be the coolest day for the rest of this week. No rain is expected in the area today with the passage of the dry cold front.

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 93 and breezy, with a south-southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west-southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Tonight will remain mostly clear with a low around 55.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high of just 81 and winds 10 to 15 mph gusting as high as 20 mph. Friday night will be mostly clear with a low around 54.

Saturday will be sunny with a high near 87 and winds 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night will become partly cloudy with a low around 59.

Sunday, look for mostly cloudy skies and a high near 87 with winds 5-15 gusting as high as 25 mph. Sunday night will remain mostly cloudy with a low around 55.

Next week look for continued highs in the 80s but it will be a little windy. No precipitation is in the forecast for early next week.

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Construction crews work in warm temperatures on the Honeycutt Road ramp connecting to the new overpass. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Maricopa weather will remain cooler with highs in the 80s to low 90s, according to the National Weather Service. There is even a chance of showers this weekend.

Today will be partly sunny with a high near 91 and winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight will become mostly cloudy with a low around 59 and wind gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday expect mostly cloudy skies with a high near 84 and wind gusts continuing up to 20 mph. Friday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 55.

Saturday is forecast to become mostly sunny with a high near 85. Saturday night there is a 20 percent chance of showers after 11 p.m. under mostly cloudy skies and a low around 57.

Sunday there is a chance of sprinkles with a 20-percent chance of showers before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of showers after 11 a.m. The day is expected to be sunny overall with a high near 82. Sunday night may be mostly cloudy with a chance of sprinkles continues after 11 p.m. and a low around 56.

Next week will start out cool with highs in the 80s but will warm up with 95 expected on Wednesday.