It's Too Hot For Some Planes To Fly In Phoenix

Claudine Rigal
Juin 25, 2017

Forecasters say the current heat wave should break by early next week, returning Phoenix to more typical summer temperatures - around 110 degrees.

It will still go down a tie for the fourth-hottest day in recorded history in Phoenix. The Arizona city has not reportedly experienced such drastically high temperatures for at least two decades. "Obviously it's way too hot for a blanket", he says, "but for individuals who are sleeping on the streets, they put it down to prevent themselves from burning, to insulate themselves from the asphalt". Perhaps it's counterintuitive, but in the Eastern United States - where summer humidity can be oppressive - the presence of moisture in the air keeps the temperature down.

Arizona Public Service Company, the largest electricity provider in Arizona, said temperatures near 120 degrees in Phoenix led customers to set a new peak usage record.

A California man, identified by the Bakersfield Californian as Benjamin R. Greene, died while running a 5k in 107-degree heat at a Bakersfield park Tuesday night.

Jim Brooks only had to walk 50 yards from his vehicle to the Five Guys burger restaurant in Palm Springs.

"I nearly didn't think lunch would be worth it", the 30-year-old told the Desert Sun newspaper.

In 2015, Dr Radley Horton, a research scientist at Columbia University's Earth Institute, published a joint study on the effect of extreme heat on aviation.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kate Guillet said the temperatures are expected to remain hot through the rest of the week - though Tuesday should be the peak day for heat.

Wu, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Banner University Medical Center, said she would encourage Phoenix residents to step up if they saw people in need of water or shelter from the heat, and to refer them to shelters and other resources if they did see them.

In a cost-cutting move, two of the three Tent City yards were dismantled over the past two months, with about 400 inmates relocated to indoor jail facilities.

While the heat wave this week in the West has not been specifically attributed to climate change, it's probably safe to say background warming is playing a role and the impacts we're seeing will only become more pronounced in the future.

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

The extreme weather extends over much of the Southwest, including parts of California and Nevada, which are also under excessive heat warnings. Multiple flights coming to and from Phoenix have been grounded due to hot temperatures and it's starting to affect Lubbock flyers.

And while 119-degree days in Phoenix are rare, they are not record breakers.

American Airlines cancelled 20 regional flights out of Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday after temperatures in the desert city soared toward 49 degrees Celsius.

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