Clear skies and high temperatures will be the norm for this week in Maricopa. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Monday’s relatively mild weather will lead into an increasingly hot week and an excessive heat watch this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Monday’s high is expected to reach only 93 while the day is sunny with breezes out of the west of 5-10 mph. The nighttime lows will be around 62.

Tuesday is forecast to warm up to 97 degrees and remain sunny with practically no wind. Overnight, the low will be around 65.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for a dramatic rise in temperature to a high of 105 and winds increasing to 10 mph in the afternoon. The low overnight will be around 69 and skies are expected to remain clear.

Thursday will be sunny and hot, with a high climbing to 110. The low will be around 73 degrees.

Friday is expected to be even hotter, with a predicted high of 112. The nighttime low will be around 75 degrees.

The weekend is forecast to be increasingly hot, with an NWS Excessive Heat Watch in place June 17-19. That indicates a significant increase in the potential for heat-related illness for those working or exercising outdoors or with adequate air conditioning.

NWS reminds residents to never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles, drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugar and caffeine. Wear light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when outside.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Early symptoms include headache, thirst and muscle cramps. Serious symptoms include weakness, skin that is cool to the touch, fast but weak pulse, nausea, and fainting. Severe symptoms include hot and red dry skin, fast and strong pulse, sweating that has stopped, and unconsciousness. Untreated heat illness can lead to fatal heat stroke.


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