Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

Southwest celebrates first day of summer with heat wave

Southwest celebrates first day of summer with heat wave

In Phoenix, Arizona, state weather service forecast the mark 120 degrees in the desert city along with risky heat waves that can cause health hazards in the region along with the whole southwestern part of the country. Some cities, like Phoenix, broke their high temperature records two days in a row.

The National Weather Service forecast Tuesday's high as 120 degrees for Phoenix.

Las Vegas tied its record temperature of 117 degrees while under a massive heat dome over the U.S. Southwest, meteorologists said.

"You can expect this happen to more frequently as climate causes more and more extreme weather events, including extreme heat waves", Smith opined.

In June of 1990, the average temperatures reached a peak at 122 degrees, making it the hottest month on record. In addition to hard, expensive take-offs or flights altogether cancelled from heat, the ICAO report warns of a future with coastal airports lost to ocean rise, changes in the jet stream and increased turbulence, and more frequent sand and dust storms that reduce visibility.

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American Airlines on Saturday alerted travelers about the heat wave and requested them to change the flights scheduled to depart or arrive between 3 and 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Phoenix, a city known mainly for being a monument to man's arrogance, is having a heatwave.

Tuesday's high soared to 120 degrees in the Phoenix area - 26 degrees hotter than it was in North Texas, which peaked at 94.

Volmer said people typically see cancellations among regional flights. But "temperatures are expected to be above 110 degrees for the next week". Temperatures today will reach 120 Fahrenheit and they'll only drop five or six degrees as the week wears on.

Las Vegas also was baking.

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American Airlines this week cancelled dozens of flights using smaller regional jets that have lower maximum operating temperatures than full size jets.

The Fort Worth-based airline cancelled 50 flights Monday in and out of Phoenix and expected delays for at least seven flights to Sky Harbor on Tuesday, according to American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein.

Phoenix has hit 120 only three times in recorded history.

A Boeing spokesperson told CNBC that this all boils down to a plane's ability to take off in above-average temperatures.

Authorities warned about the dangers of heat illness and urged people to be vigilant about not leaving pets or children inside a vehicle for any time at all. Most of the others involved people with non-functioning air conditioners. The Arizona Department of Health Services says almost 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms every year because of heat-related illnesses.

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Kurt Dickson, an emergency room doctor at Banner Health in Phoenix, said people have a range of heat illnesses during the summer months, including fatigue, heatstroke and severe sun burns.

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