Some Flights Canceled Out Of Phoenix Due To Heat

Sky Harbor's runways are long enough to accommodate most planes in hot weather, American Airlines said.

The first day of summer broughtsome of the worst heat the south-west United States has seen in years, forcing flights to be canceled, straining the power grid and making life miserable for workers toiling in temperatures that could reach 120F in Phoenix.

Smaller jets that generate less thrust, like Bombardier's CRJ regional jets, which have a 118-degree limit at Phoenix's elevation, are more likely to be stuck in the heat. Others went to a bar where the temperature is set at 23 degrees and glasses, walls and seats are sculpted from ice.

In California, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for southern parts of the state including the cities of Banning and Desert Hot Springs, where temperatures could soar as high as 50ºC.

Customers affected were told to contact American Airlines for rebooking options or to request a refund. Flights on larger Airbus and Boeing planes were not canceled because they are able to operate at higher maximum temperatures: 127 degrees for Airbus and 126 degrees for Boeing. The record high was 122F (50C), recorded on June 26 1990.

Kushner was one of the few who ignored warnings to avoid strenuous outdoor activity and chose to exercise outside on one of the hottest days in Phoenix's recorded history.

A heat wave with temperatures soaring to 118 degrees in Arizona and Nevada have caused more than 40 planes to be grounded. Residents, who are accustomed to triple-digit weather, are reportedly waking up at the crack of dawn to do yard work, and are taking their mind off the heat with some pretty unconventional methods. It also said, the flight changes are free of charge.

Phoenix has hit the 120F mark only three times in recorded history - the last time 22 years ago.

"Today is the peak and then tomorrow will be a little bit cooler, but we're still expecting temperatures above 115 for Phoenix", she said.

American warned passengers over the weekend that it may have to ground flights during a heat wave that could send the temperature soaring to near 120 degrees (49 Celsius).

Mascarenas says though the heat creates a strain on the system, SRP prepares for these situations year-round.

States in the southwestern US, such as Arizona, California, and Nevada are having one of their hottest summers on record.

The main burn center in Phoenix warned people to be careful around auto interiors and pavement and with their pets.

Honestly, with temperatures that high, it's no surprise that people are trying to get out of town, but also the idea of going anywhere - especially to the airport - sounds like hell.

Temperatures in Phoenix are expected to rise to 120F Tuesday and continue into high triple digit temperatures for the next few days.

They said on Twitter that it's "like your skin and flesh are burning off".

  • Zachary Reyes