Phoenix heat wave forces American Airlines to cancel 20 flights

Phoenix heat wave forces American Airlines to cancel 20 flights

Dangerously hot temperatures will grip the southwestern US and California this weekend into next week, potentially taking out the previous record-high in Phoenix, where temperatures could top 115 degrees.

Officials warned of excessive heat across southern Arizona and Nevada, and throughout the California’s Central Valley.

The high in Phoenix will reach near or hit the 120-degree Fahrenheit mark on Tuesday and/or Wednesday.

In California, triple-digit heat will engulf Bakersfield, Fresno and Sacramento starting this weekend and continuing into next week.

Allen says the Las Vegas Strip’s tall, close buildings and long stretches of concrete cause the area to heat quickly and cool slowly. A punishing heat wave has arrived in the Southwestern U.S. and brought temperatures that will approach 120 degrees in Arizona.

The Phoenix Rescue Mission recently issued a “code red” heat alert, seeking help in donating water to the homeless, the elderly and people without air conditioning.

“The highest temperature for any date at Phoenix is 122 set on June 26, 1990″, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector reportedly stopped two human smuggling attempts at the Arizona border with three men from Mexico found locked in the trunks of vehicles in 100-degee conditions. The extreme heat is not expected to affect larger jets. The city typically experiences a high in the middle to upper 100s during the last half of June.

The state Department of Health Services says almost 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms every year because of heat-related illnesses.

The airline is letting Phoenix passengers flying during the peak heat Monday through Wednesday to change flights without a fee. Dr. Kevin Foster warned people to be extra careful around concrete, auto interiors and playground equipment, especially young children who have sensitive skin.

In Southern California, inland valleys, mountains, and deserts are likely to bear the brunt of the heat wave.

There will be a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures, which are expected to hit as high as 116 degrees. The human body’s internal cooling system isn’t very effective when temperatures go above 110 degrees says Dr. Moneesh Bhow, medical director for Banner University Medical Center Emergency Department.

The 20 affected flights were all scheduled to land or depart Phoenix Sky Harbor between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., which is the hottest part of the day.

The Tucson airport has no record of heat-related flight cancellations and has heard nothing regarding any possible cancellations of Tucson flights during the current heat wave, TIA spokesman David Hatfield said, noting that individual airlines make those decisions.