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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.

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A storm has knocked out power in Maricopa and may lead to flash flooding. Photo by Kyle Norby

Maricopa is under a Flash Flood Watch with heavy rains expected this afternoon through Wednesday night. According to the National Weather Serivce, widespread rainfall and a few embedded thunderstorms could lead to flooding of washes and small streams along with localized urban flooding.

There is a 60% chance of rain throughout Maricopa today. The storm has already knocked out power to traffic lights at several intersections on Honeycutt Road and John Wayne Parkway. Please stop and treat intersections as four-ways or three-ways until power is restored.

Electrical District 3 is showing about 1,500 customers without power.

New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 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.

Tonight’s forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms before 11 p.m., then a chance of rain after 11 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. The low around 58 with breezes of 10 to 15 mph gusting as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday’s forecast also has an 80% chance of rain. The chance of rain lessens to 50 percent on Thursday. High temperatures will be in the 60s.

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Maricopa weather will be in the 80s through the weekend, but rain could move in next week. Photo by Kyle Norby

Maricopa can expect a balmy weekend, according to the National Weather Service, but rain may move into the picture next week.

Today is sunny with an expected high of 84 degrees F. The low temperature tonight will likely be around 50.

Friday, the forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and a high near 83. The overnight low will be around 49 as the clouds gradually clear.

Saturday, look for a sunny day, gentle breezes and a high near 85. The nighttime low will be around 49.

Sunday, NWS predicts another sunny day and a high near 84. The nighttime low will be around 47.

Next week will be more of the same until Wednesday, which, from this distance is setting up for precipitation and gusting winds. The likelihood of rain is at 40 percent.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

A warm, breezy weekend is ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, with high temperatures hotter than usual.

Today, the high is expected to be around 87 degrees F. The average high for this date is 79. The overnight low will be around 54.

Friday, the forecast calls for sunny skies and a high again near 87 and winds at 5-15 mph. The nighttime low will be around 53.

Saturday also expects a high near 87 under sunny skies and breezes of 5-10 mph. The night will be partly cloudy with a low around 55.

Sunday again anticipates a high near 87 and sunny skies. Overnight, the low temperature will get down to 52.

Veterans Day on Monday is expecting more of the same. The rest of the week looks to be in the low 80s and high 70s.

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Halloween night could get chilly this week. Photo by Kyle Norby

A sunny weekend lies ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, but trick-or-treating tonight could be downright cold.

Halloween today is sunny and is expected to reach a high temperature of 77 degrees F. It will also be “breezy” with wind of 10-15 mph gusting up to 20 mph. The overnight low will drop to around 40 degrees, though the wind will die down after midnight.

Friday’s forecast is for a sunny day with a high around 81 followed by a mostly clear evening with a low near 46.

Saturday is predicted to be sunny, too, with a high near 85 and breezes up to 10 mph. The nighttime low will likely be around 49.

Sunday may have a high near 84 under sunny skies. The night will reach a low around 48.

Next week’s forecast looks much the same with sunny days and daytime temperatures in the low 80s and nighttime lows in the upper 40s without a hint of precipitation.

 

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Blue skies are a theme for this weekend's weather. Photo by Kyle Norby

Autumn is truly in Maricopa this weekend, with high temperatures in the 80s and heading into the 70s next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, the high is expected to be around 86 degrees F, with winds gusting as high as 20 mph. Tonight will have a low temperature at about 53 degrees.

Friday, winds will be 10-15 mph and gust as high as 30 mph during a sunny day with a high near 83. The overnight low will be around 48.

Saturday, the forecast sees more sun and light breezes, with a high near 85 for a near-perfect day that will see many activities in Maricopa. The nighttime low will be around 51.

Sunday will likely be another sunny day, with a high near 89 and winds gusting up to 20 mph. The night is expected to be clear with a low around 50 and continued winds.

The coming week sees highs in the high 70s and low 80s and lots of blue sky.

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Tortosa is seeing a lot of residential construction during fine weather. Photo by Kyle Norby

After a hot week, Maricopa is due to cool down slightly this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with an expected high of 96 degrees F. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Tonight will be clear with a low around 60 and continuing winds.

Friday is predicted to be sunny also, with a high near 88. The overnight low will be around 55.

Saturday, the forecast is similar with sunny skies and a high near 89 and calm winds. The nighttime low will likely be around 55.

Sunday, expect a high of 88 under sunny skies. The overnight low will be around 52.

From this distance, next week looks like more of the same, with highs in the low 90s and upper 80s.

 

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Photo by Kyle Norby

Temperatures will lock into the low 90s through the weekend in Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service, with clouds not expected until next week.

Today is sunny with an expected high of 87 degrees F. Tonight will be clear with a low around 55.

Friday, there is an expected increase in the wind, which could gust up to 20 mph, while the high temperature is around 90 under sunny skies. The night is also expected to be clear with a low around 58.

Saturday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 91. The overnight low will likely be around 57.

Sunday also is marked as sunny with a high near 92, followed by a mostly clear night with a low around 58.

The first half of next week looks much the same, with no precipitation in the immediate forecast.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

A balmy weekend of mostly clear skies and high temperatures in the upper 90s awaits Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Today is sunny with an expected high of 93 degrees F and calm breezes. Tonight will be mostly clear with a low around 66.

Friday, the forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 97. The overnight low is expected to be around 66.

Saturday will look similar, with a likely high of 97 and sunny skies followed by a nighttime low of 65.

Sunday, the daytime high is expected to reach 98 with mostly sunny skies. The night will likely be partly cloudy with a low around 66.

Next week will follow a similar pattern with mostly clear skies and no precipitation in the immediate forecast.

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The Estrellas under clouds. Photo by Kyle Norby

Continued wet weather Thursday is expected to lead into a mild weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Today, a flood watch continues across the area as 50-percent chance of rain is predicted, with some storms producing heavy rains. Flash flooding will likely result in road closures and cause area washes to run heavily. Unprepared motorists could become trapped within fast-flowing washes.  The day will be partly sunny with a high near 87. The chance of rain will lessen to 30 percent overnight when the low temperature will be around 65.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 88. The overnight low will again be 65 under clear skies.

Saturday, the day is expected to warm up to 94 degrees with lots of sun and breezes of 5-15 mph. The overnight low will be around 66.

Sunday, the predicted high is near 91, with sunny skies and continued breezes. The nighttime low will be around 62.

The rest of the week looks to have clear skies and temps in the high 80s to low 90s.

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The National Weather Service in Tucson has issued a dust storm warning for Pinal County, 
including Maricopa, until 4 p.m.
The storm comes with less than a quarter-mile of visibility and wind gusts over 45 mph.

Dust storms lead to dangerous driving conditions with visibility reduced to near zero. If 
driving, avoid dust storms if possible. If caught in one, pull off the road, turn off your 
lights and keep your foot off the brake.

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Photo by Kyle Norby

A weekend of temperatures in the high 90s is ahead for Maricopa, according to the National Weather Service.

Tonight will be clear with a low around 69 degrees F and winds gusting as high as 20 mph.

Friday is forecast to be sunny with a high near 99 wile breezes maintain a 5-10 mph pace. The overnight low is expected to be around 67.

Saturday, the day is likely to be sunny with a high of 97. The nighttime low will be abound 68 under mostly clear skies.

Sunday is looking at high temperature near 99 followed by a night with a low around 73 as rain clouds move into the area with a 30-percent chance of rain.

The likelihood of rain increases to 50 percent Monday as autumn arrives, with rain possibly continuing into Tuesday.

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Clouds ride low to the ground east of Maricopa.
The National Weather Service in Phoenix has issued a Dust Storm Warning for Pinal County until 3:15 p.m.
A wall of dust was along a line extending from Casa Grande to Arizola to Toltec to Eloy, moving northeast at 25 mph. There is less than a quarter mile visibility with strong wind in
excess of 50 mph.

Highways impacted included Interstate 10 and I-8. Cities impacted include Maricopa, Casa Grande and Florence.
Dust storms lead to dangerous driving conditions with visibility reduced to near zero. If driving, avoid dust storms if possible. If caught in one, pull off the road, turn off your lights and keep your
foot off the brake. Motorists should not drive into a dust storm.

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The National Weather Service has issued a dust-storm warning for Pinal County.

At 4:10 p.m., a wall of dust was reported along a line extending from Chandler to near Olberg to near Toltec, moving southwest at 20 mph. A spotter reported near zero visibility southeast of Chandler.

The result is less than a quarter mile visibility with strong wind in excess of 50 mph. This could be life-threatening for motorists.

Locations impacted include Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Casa Grande, Sun Lakes, Maricopa, Queen Creek, Arizona City, La Palma, San Tan Village Mall, Seville, Freestone Park, South Mountain Park, Bapchule and Estrella Sailport.

Dust storms lead to dangerous driving conditions with visibility reduced to near zero. If driving, avoid dust storms if possible. If caught in one, pull off the road, turn off your lights and keep your foot off the brake.

Motorists should not drive into a dust storm.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are also possible behind this wall of dust. Keep updated with this quickly evolving situation.