Phoenix flights cancelled because it's too hot for planes

Marco Green
June 28, 2017

The Western United States is bracing for more record heat with temperatures expected to hit 110 to 120 degrees on Tuesday in some places.

Meteorologists in Phoenix said Tuesday evening the temperature topped out at 119 degrees_one that has only been matched or surpassed four other times.

"This is like the oven door is open", Lavonda Williams said as the sisters walked from a pedestrian bridge into The Palazzo casino-resort.

Phoenix and Las Vegas are expected stay in the triple digits throughout the week, though Tuesday was supposed to be the hottest day of the week.

The NWS also said in the city of Phoenix, and the temperature will reach up to 120 degrees, and not only that the temperature of the adjacent areas, in fact, the city of Las Vegas and southern part of California will also feel somehow same temperature and heat waves.

"It's too hot to even drink alcohol", Tonya Williams added.

The 42-year-old said he'd been playing blackjack in the outdoor pool area at the Flamingo hotel and casino before getting ready to head to the airport.

Las Vegas has tied its record high temperature of 117 degrees (47.2 degrees Celsius) as a weather system continues to bring scorching heat to the Southwest U.S.

The first day of summer brought some of the worst heat the southwestern USA region has seen in years.

Slothower says so far the heat isn't keeping planes from taking off.

Dr. Teresa Wu said emergency room patients she often sees include the elderly and people who have heart conditions, high blood pressure and kidney, liver and gastrointestinal problems.

With the cooling and hydration stations in full swing across the region, hundreds flocked to Grace Lutheran Church in Phoenix for water, meals, snacks, and refuge.

The National Weather Service has described the heat wave as "rare, dangerous, and very possibly deadly".

The forecast called for a high of 49 degrees Celsius in Phoenix, 48C in Palm Springs, California, and 52C in Death Valley - a desert valley in Eastern California.

A study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that "around 30% of the world's population is now exposed to climatic conditions exceeding (a) deadly threshold for at least 20 days a year".

Over 7,300 megawatts of energy were consumed between 5 and 6 p.m., topping the prior 11-year record set in 2006.

Major airlines delayed and cancelled flights out of Las Vegas and Phoenix airports as temperatures hit the high 40s, citing difficulty in operating aircraft in extreme heat - causing plenty of headaches for airlines and travellers alike.

The first day of summer is forecast to bring some of the worst heat the southwestern US has seen in years.

Most of the canceled flights were shorter distance, regional flights because of the smaller planes they utilize.

Dr. Kevin Foster warned people to be extra careful around concrete, vehicle interiors and playground equipment, especially young children who have sensitive skin.

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