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Scorching temperatures over the weekend are expected in Maricopa.

Maricopa is under a heat warning until 8 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Afternoon temperatures of 107 to 120 are expected across southern Arizona and Southern California. Nighttime low temperatures will stay in the high 80s.

Today’s high is expected to be 114 accompanied by winds of 10-15 mph gusting as high as 20 mph.

Sunday, the forecast sees a high of 116.

Monday, winds will return as the high temperature tops out at 114.

During a heat warning, overexposure can cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion and, without intervention, can lead to heat stroke. Heat stroke can be deadly.

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

Monitor those with a higher vulnerability to heat such as 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 children or pets unattended in cars.

Early signs of heat-related illness include thirst, muscle cramps, cool and moist skin, headache, dizziness, weakness or exhaustion and nausea.

Signs of heat stroke include vomiting, confusion, throbbing headache, decreased alertness or loss of consciousness, high body temperature (above 105), hot and dry skin, rapid and weak pulse, rapid and shallow breathing and seizures.

After the heat warning lifts Monday night, the rest of the week is expected to maintain high temperatures of 109 to 111.

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Another fantastic Arizona sunset. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

The late-week heat – 109 degrees Thursday and 110 degrees Friday – will last one more day before temperatures begin to moderate for the beginning of the next week.

On Friday night, temperatures will fall to near 82, but the mercury will climb to about 107 degrees on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service forecast. The moderation begins Sunday with a high temperature forecast at about 104 degrees.

Temperatures will decrease early next week before rising again into the high 100s late in the week.

Gusty winds are possible through Monday.

All of the high temperatures in the forecast seem low compared to the all-time record high for Phoenix set 30 years ago today. The temperature rose to 122 degrees at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at 2:47 p.m. on June 26, 1990, a Tuesday many in the metro area will never forget.

Sunny skies are expected through the 7-day forecast from the weather service:

Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 82. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 107. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Saturday night: Clear, with a low around 81. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 104. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 78. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 100. Breezy, with a southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Monday night: Clear, with a low around 75. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 98. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the morning.

Tuesday night: Clear, with a low around 75. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 102. Calm wind.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 77. Calm wind.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 104. Calm wind.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 79. Calm wind.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 108. Calm wind.

Most of the weekend will experience clear skies. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

After this week’s blistering heat, Maricopa’s high temperatures are expected to drop more than 10 degrees during the weekend, according to the National Weather Service, ending an excessive heat warning as well as a pollution advisory.

High pollution and heat warnings are in place this week for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Pinal County Department of Air Quality issued an ozone high pollution advisory for today and Wednesday. This means forecast weather conditions combined with existing ozone levels are expected to result in local maximum eight-hour ozone concentrations that pose a health risk. Adverse health effects increase as air quality deteriorates.

Ozone is an air contaminant that can cause breathing difficulties for children as well as persons with respiratory problems. A decrease in physical activity is recommended.

Meanwhile, NWS issued an excessive-heat warning, in effect from noon Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday. Afternoon temperatures are expected between 103 and 113 in western Pinal County.

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

The high temperature Wednesday is expected to be 111, with little wind. Thursday, the expected high is 112.

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.

Road work on White & Parker will continue as temperatures soar. Photo by Kyle Norby

An excessive heat warning is in effect this weekend until 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Overexposure can cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion to develop and, without intervention, can lead to heat stroke.

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.
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.

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Whoooo is hot? Maybe this owl at Copper Sky as temperatures surge again. Photo by Kyle Norby

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

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Photo by Kyle Norby

A heat warning remains in place for Maricopa through 8 p.m. tonight, according to the National Service. That leads into a sunny weekend of triple-digit highs that will gradually drop heading into next week.

Excessive heat, with afternoon temperatures of 103-107, can cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Today is sunny, with an expected high of 107 and breezes gusting up to 20 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 66.

Friday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 104 and winds of 10-15 mph again gusting up to 20 mph. The overnight low will be around 67 under partly cloudy skies.

Saturday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 103. The nighttime low will be around 70 with calm winds.

Sunday will likely be partly sunny with a high near 100. The overnight low will be around 66.

For the start of next week, the days will have highs in the mid to high 90s.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. tonight ahead of another triple-digit weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today’s high is expected to be 104, with increasing clouds during the day leading to a mostly cloudy night, when the low will be around 66.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high again near 104. The overnight low will be around 64.

Saturday will likely be sunny with a high near 101. Nighttime skies will be mostly clear, with a low around 64.

Sunday is expected to be more of the same, with a sunny day and a high near 101 turning into a clear night with a low around 65.

That cycle continues into next week with the days growing hotter.

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Free-roaming dogs at Copper Sky on a warm day. An excessive-heat watch will be in place Sunday. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

This weekend’s weather comes with an excessive-heat watch, according to the National Weather Service.

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

Today’s high is expected to be around 97 degrees F. Tonight will be clear with a low around 63.

Friday, the projected high is 99 under sunny skies. The overnight low will be around 63.

Saturday, skies will remain clear as temperatures hit triple digits. The high is expected to be 102, while the overnight low is at 66.

Sunday morning, the heat watch kicks in continues throughout the sunny day. The high is forecast to be 104 with only light breezes of 5-10 mph. The nighttime low will be around 66 under partly cloudy skies.

Next week is expected to have daily high temperatures over 100.

The weekend heat watch could turn into a full warning. Overexposure can cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion. 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.

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Construction continues on the city library as days warm up. Photo by Kyle Norby

A warm weekend flirting with 90 degrees is in store for Maricopa with sunny skies dominating into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, the high is expected to be near 88 degrees F. The overnight low will be around 52.

Friday, the forecast calls for sun, breeze and a high near 87. Winds could gust up to 25 mph in the afternoon. The night is expected to be mostly clear and breezy with a low around 51.

Saturday will cool a bit, with the high temperature near 81 under sunny skies. The nighttime low will be around 53

Sunday has an expected high of 86 during another sunny day. The night will likely be partly cloudy with a low around 56.

Next week is expected to stay in the high 80s during the day and edge toward 90 by midweek.

Photo by Kyle Norby
A lovely spring weekend is in store for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, with just a bit of late-night rain likely.

Today is sunny with a high near 74 degrees F. The night will be clear with a low around 47.

Friday expects to have increasing clouds and a high near 76 and breezes up to 10 mph. There is a 30% chance of rain after 11 p.m., when skies will be mostly cloudy and the low around 51. Winds of 5-15 mph may gust up to 20 mph.

Saturday is forecast to have a mostly sunny day and a high of 74 followed by a clear night with a low around 50 and light breezes.

Easter Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high near 81 and winds of 5-10 mph. The nighttime low will be around 52 under mostly clear skies.

Next week is also forecast to be sunny with breezy days early on.

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Enjoy the parks, but playgrounds remain off-limits, for a sunny weekend. Photo by Kyle Norby
Sunny days with temperatures in the mid-80s await Maricopans this weekend for those who want to get outside.
Friday is sunny with a high around 85 degrees F and slight breezes. Tonight will be clear with a low around 51.
Saturday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 86 and calm winds. The overnight low will be around 51 again.
Sunday, too, expects sunny skies and a high near 85 but with slightly strong winds gusting up to 20 mph. The night will likely be clear with a low around 51.
Next week is expected have mostly clear skies until Wednesday night, when a hint of rain returns and high temperatures drop into the mid-70s.

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An egret basks in The Villages during mild spring weather. Photo by Kyle Norby

A weekend of sun and cool temperatures is expected in Maricopa before a quick warming period next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is cloudy with a gradual clearing at midday and high near 71. The overnight low will be around 44.

Friday, the forecast sees mostly sunny skies and high near 66 while the winds of 5-10 mph gust as high as 20 mph. The evening will be mostly clear with a low around 40.

Saturday, expect a sunny day with a near 72 followed by a partly cloudy night with a low around 45.

Sunday, the high is expected to climb to a mild 78 under mostly sunny skies. The nighttime low will be around 47.

Temperatures will get progressively warmer in the following days, likely hitting 90 degrees by Wednesday.

Clouds are expected to break for a couple of days before returning next week. Photo by Raven Figueroa

After a slightly cool start, Maricopa can expect a mild weekend with lots of sun, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is mostly sunny with a high near 65 degrees F. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 45.

Friday is forecast to have increasing clouds during the day with a high near 69. The overnight low will be around 47 under mostly cloudy skies.

Saturday is expected to be sunny with a high near 74. The nighttime low will be around 46.

Sunday is likely to be mostly sunny with high near 77. Skies could turn mostly cloudy overnight when the low will be around 52.

The week will start sunny but cloud up, leading to a chance of rain midweek.

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Overcast continues in Maricopa. Photo by Kyle Norby

Maricopa is under a flash-flood watch through Friday afternoon in the wake of this week’s rain, which continues today, according to the National Weather Service.

However, the weekend forecast calls for lots of sun Saturday and Sunday before the return of more rain next week.

Today is cloudy with 90% chance of rain and a high temperature around 70 degrees F. Accumulation is expected to be between a tenth of an inch and a quarter of an inch. The high possibility for rain continues tonight, when the low will be around 53.

Friday, showers are likely after 11 a.m. The day will likely be partly sunny with a high near 69 and breezes of 10-15 mph gusting up to 20 mph. The chance of rain is 60%. The overnight low will be around 47 as the chance of showers drops to 20%.

Saturday is predicted to be sunny with a high near 72. The nighttime low will be around 48.

Sunday also has a sunny forecast, with a predicted high of 75. The night is expected to be mostly clear with a low around 48

Though Monday will be much the same, Tuesday is forecast to blow in with more rain that will continue into at least Wednesday.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

After a very warm Friday, Maricopa’s weather is expected to cool through the weekend and into next week, which should then bring some showers, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is mostly sunny with a high around 82. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 55.

Friday is expected to change from partly sunny to sunny with a high near 87 and increasing winds. The overnight low will be around 52.

Saturday, the forecast sees a sunny day with a high near 84 and winds of 5-15 mph gusting up to 20 mph. The day will likely end as mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 73. The nighttime low will drop to around 48 under mostly clear skies.

Next week has a likelihood of rain from Monday night through Thursday morning with high temperatures in the 70s.

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Photo by Raven Figueroa
A mild weekend possibly ending with a little rain lies ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.
Friday the forecast calls for a partly sunny day with a high near 80 degrees F. The night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 47.
Saturday, expect a mostly sunny day with a high again near 80. The overnight low will likely be around 49 under mostly cloudy skies.
Sunday is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 75 and breezes increasing from 5-10 mph to 10-15 mph, possibly gusting up to 20 mph. At night, there is a 20% chance of rain after 11 p.m. as the low falls to around 43.

The possibility for rain continues into Monday morning and, from this distance, the rest of next week will have sunny days and high temps in the mid-70s.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

The weekend in Maricopa is expected to be so rainy, the forecast caused the postponement of a popular farm tour. According to the National Weather Service, there is 90% chance of rain on Saturday.

For the sake of its visitors, the Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center at University of Arizona and Maricopa Agricultural Center has decided to delay the Farm Science Day until March 21. While today has nearly perfect weather, the skies will begin to change overnight.

Today, the forecast calls for sunny skies with a high near 81 degrees F. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 56 and breezes of 5-15 mph gusting up to 20 mph.

Friday, expect partly sunny skies with a high near 79 and winds of 10-15 mph gusting up to 25 mph. Friday night, there is 60% chance of rain, mainly after 11 p.m., and a low around 55.

Saturday, showers are highly likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Chance of precipitation is 90%, and the high will be near 70 as winds of 10-15 mph gust up to 25. Rainfall could be a quarter of an inch to half an inch. The overnight low will be around 43 as the possibility for rain drops to 30%, though the wind will continue.

Sunday, the forecast sees a sunny day with a high near 67 and calm winds. The night is likely to be clear with a low around 42 under clear skies.

There will be lots of sun to start the week as the temperatures climb back into the mid’70s.

 

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Photo by Kyle Norby

Maricopa’s weekend weather is expected to warm up a bit before rain and chill return next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny after a frosty night, and the high temperature is expected to reach 61 degrees F. Tonight will be clear with a low around 35.

Friday, expect more sun and a high near 68. The overnight low will be around 38.

Saturday is forecast to return to the 70s, with a predicted high of 73 under sunny skies. The night likely will be mostly clear with a low around 43.

Sunday has a mostly sunny forecast with a high near 75 and winds up to 15 mph. By evening, however, the skies will be mostly cloudy and the nighttime low around 47 as the weather turns wet.

From this distance, rain is expected Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with the highest likelihood (50% chance) on Monday night as high temperatures stay in the 60s.

A flock of ring-necked ducks enjoy the waters of Pacana Park. Photo by Kyle Norby

A sunny and pleasant weekend is forecast for Maricopa, but the weather may turn cooler with a chance of rain next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny, and the expected high is 68. Overnight, skies will remain clear as the low will be around 40.

Friday is likely to be sunny with a high near 70 and breezes up to 10 mph. The overnight low is predicted to be around 39.

Saturday also has a sunny forecast, with the high reaching 73. The overnight low may be around 41.

Sunday will be sunny and fairly warm, with a high of 77. The nighttime low is expected to be around 46, but winds of 10-15 mph will move in and gust as high as 20 mph.

Next week starts with a 20% chance of rain Monday as nights edge progressively toward freezing.

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Mid-January looks like autumn at Villages entry. Photo by Dennis McCormac

A mostly sunny weekend is the lead into a cloudy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to the National Weather Service.

Friday has a forecast of a sunny day with a high near 66 degrees F followed by a mostly clear night with a low around 39.

Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 69. The nighttime low will be around 41 under partly cloudy skies.

Sunday, too, is likely to be mostly sunny with a high reaching up to 72. Clouds are expected to roll in heavily overnight as the low lingers around 47.

Monday, Martin Luther King Day, is forecast to be mostly cloudy but with a balmy high of 74. The low will be around 49.

The rest of next week is expected to be partly cloudy but with no threat of precipitation.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

The weather outlook is sunny for Maricopa’s weekend, despite today’s precipitation, but nighttime temperatures will be around freezing, according to the National Weather Service.

Tonight there is a 50% chance of rain between 8 and 11 p.m. The low temperature will be around 38 degrees before morning.

Friday, however, the forecast calls for sunny skies with a high around 60. The night, also, is likely to be clear with a low around 32.

Saturday has a sunny forecast for the day with a high around 61. The overnight low will be round 33.

Sunday, the skies remain clear as the high reaches 62 during the day and the nighttime low drops to 34.

Next week warms slightly with highs in the mid to high 60s and lows in the high 30s.

 

 

Photo by Kyle Norby

Temperatures in Maricopa will return to the 60s during a sunny weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with an expected high of 61 degrees F. Tonight is also expected to be clear, with a low around 36.

Friday, the forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 62. Overnight, the low will be around 36 under mostly clear skies.

Saturday is again predicted to have sunny skies as the high climbs to about 66. The nighttime low will be around 38.

Sunday will likely be the warmest day of the weekend with a predicted high of 68 and the overnight low around 39.

From this distance, the early days of next week look like more of the same, with no precipitation.

Overcast are likely to turn to rain this week. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

As snowstorms are predicted up north, Maricopa is likely to have a rainy Christmas Day, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain is expected to start tonight, mainly after 11 p.m. The low temperature will be around 49 degrees F. The chance for precipitation tonight is 60% and could accumulate up to a quarter of an inch.

Christmas Eve, Tuesday shoppers will likely be dealing thunderstorms after 8 a.m. and high of just 61. The probability of rain is 90% with acculation between half-inch to three-quarters of an inch. That will decline to 30% overnight, when the low is expected to around 44.

Wednesday, Christmas has a 40% chance of rain under partly sunny skies, with a high near 60. The night is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a low around 41.

Thursday, the likelihood of rain returns after 11 a.m. There is a 30% chance of rain during that day, and that increases to 40% overnight.

The chance of rain lessens from 30% to 20% over the weekend, with high temperatures in the upper 50s.

In Northern Arizona this week, areas above 6,500 feet from the Grand Canyon through the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains are expected to get between 3 and 7 inches of snow, with the heaviest snowfall expected Tuesday. The highest elevations, such as Hannagan Meadow in far eastern Arizona, could see up to 10 inches.

Tips from Arizona Department of Transportation:

If traveling in the high country, leave prepared to spend more time on the roads than usual and, in case you become stranded, pack an emergency kit that includes – at a minimum – extra blankets, warm clothes, food and water, sand or cat litter for traction, a first-aid kit and a fully charged cellphone. Wherever you drive, turn on headlights in threatening weather and, when roads are icy or wet, reduce speed and maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead.

When it’s raining, avoid water pooling in travel lanes. If your vehicle appears to be hydroplaning, ease your foot off the gas pedal until you regain traction rather than braking suddenly, which can cause a vehicle to skid. Be aware that the tires of larger vehicles can create spray that reduces visibility for those following too closely.

When traveling on local roads, don’t risk crossing a flooded wash, even if it doesn’t look deep. Just a few inches of running water can carry away a vehicle, even a heavy pickup truck or SUV. Driving around “Road Closed” signs puts your life at risk and could get you cited under the state’s “stupid motorist” law.

Before a storm, it’s always wise to inspect windshield wipers and replace them if necessary.

Photo by Kyle Norby

A cloudy weekend is expected this weekend in Maricopa leading up to a possibly wet Christmas Eve.

Today is sunny with a high near 66. The night is expected to also be clear with a low temperature of 36.

Saturday, there will be increasing clouds throughout the day, but the high will be near 70. The overnight low will be around 41 under cloudy skies.

Sunday is forecast to be mostly cloudy with high near 71. The night, too, is likely to be cloudy as the low temperature is likely to be around 45.

Monday and Tuesday are predicted to have precipitation, with the likelihood ranging from 40% to 50%, but the sun is expected to return for Christmas Day.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

The weekend weather in Maricopa is looking sun-filled and mild, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, the high is expected to be 68 degrees F under sunny skies, and the evening will be mostly clear with a low around 42.

Friday, the forecast is for sunny skies, 5 mph breezes and a high near 70. The overnight low will be around 45.

Saturday also has expectations of sunny skies and a high temperature hitting 72. The evening will likely be mostly clear with a low around 46.

Sunday, the skies look to be mostly sunny with a low of 66. Winds of 5-10 mph may gust as high as 20 mph before calming in the evening as the low drops to around 38.

Next week will likely start with lots of sun with days in the low 60s and evenings in the high 30s.

Despite mild temperatures, there is a 20% chance of showers. Photo by Kyle Norby

A cloudy weekend of mild temperatures could bring rain again to Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is mostly sunny with a high near 69 degrees F, and tonight is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 46.

Friday is likely to be partly sunny with clouds increasing throughout the day, which will have a high near 71. The night is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a low around 46.

Saturday, the high is expected to be 72 under mostly sunny skies. But clouds return overnight and there is a 20% chance of rain after midnight. The low is predicted to be around 52.

Sunday, the 20% chance of rain lingers in the forecast of cloudy skies and a high near 70. The overnight low is around 48.

Next week sees a lot of sunny to partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 60s.

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Rain and possible flash flooding is Maricopa's Thanksgiving forecast. Photo by Kyle Norby

Whether staying home or driving to a Thanksgiving destination this week, the weather might be adventurous, according to the National Weather Service. Maricopa is expecting rain and even frost while the high country prepares for a winter storm.

Wednesday starts out well enough in Maricopa with a partly sunny day and a high around 70 degrees F. However, there is a 30% chance of rain after 11 p.m. while the low slides to 48 overnight.

Thanksgiving Day, there is a 70%-80% chance of rain all day while winds are 10-15 mph and gusting up to 25 mph. Up to a quarter of an inch of rain is expected during the day. The chance of rain increases to 90% overnight, with three-quarters of an inch possible. The low temperature is expected to be around 45.

A flash-flood watch is in effect from Thursday morning through Friday afternoon. A flash-flood watch means that flooding of washes, creeks and other drainage areas is possible within the watch area. Be prepared to take immediate action should heavy rain and flooding occur or a flash-flood warning be issued.

Meanwhile a winter-storm watch is in effect in Arizona’s high country, including Payson, Prescott and Flagstaff. If traveling in these areas this weekend, stay alert to weather and traffic conditions. If you must drive, make preparations for snow and winds. “Travel will be very difficult to impossible” in many areas, according to NWS.

Snow forecast from 3 p.m. Thursday to midnight Saturday:
Flagstaff 15 to 21 inches
Forest Lakes 19 to 25 inches
Fredonia 1 to 3 inches
Grand Canyon 8 to 12 inches
Heber-Overgaard 7 to 11 inches
Jacob Lake 9 to 13 inches
Paulden 1 to 3 inches
Prescott 4 to 8 inches
Sedona 3 to 5 inches
Seligman 3 to 5 inches
Williams 14 to 20 inches

Friday in Maricopa, there is a 50% chance of rain on a partly sunny day as the high reaches only 58 and winds continue at 10-15 mph. Chances of precipitation lessen to 20 percent at night as the low dips to 36. Frost is possible.

Saturday will also be nippy as skies begin to clear up, with a daytime high near 59 and an overnight low of 35.

Sunday is forecast to warm slightly to 64 on a mostly sunny day. The night is expected to be partly cloudy with a low near 64.

Before driving in questionable conditions, check AZ511.com.

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Clouds have been dramatic over Maricopa. Photo by Kyle Norby

After a rainy week, Maricopa’s weekend forecast is for pleasant weather, though the smell of rain may return before Thanksgiving, according to the National Weather Service.

Today saw heavy morning rain that have a 50% chance of returning overnight. The low will be around 44 degrees F under mostly cloudy skies.

Friday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 67 degrees followed by a night of mostly clear skies and a low around 41.

Saturday sees a sunny day and a likely high of 69 amid calm winds. The overnight low may be around 41.

Sunday‘s forecast also calls for sunny skies and a high climbing to 71. The night will likely have partly clouds skies and, again, a low around 41.

That pattern is expected to continue until Wednesday, when there is 20% chance of rain and mostly cloudy skies in the forecast.