Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Heat wave creates health hazard in southwestern US

On Monday, the city recorded a temperature of 118 degrees, tying the record for the day set a year ago, the Washington Post reports.

American Airlines said that planes used for regional flights can operate in temperatures up to 118 degrees.

If temperatures remain at or above 115 degrees those days - which is likely - the area will tie the record for the number of consecutive days at or above 115 degrees, which was originally set in 1968, according to the forecast notes.

The weather forecast for the United States city suggests temperatures could reach 120F (49C) on Tuesday.

Visitors to Sin City also should be aware that the Strip is often hotter than the rest of the gambling paradise.

Doctors were yesterday urging people in the desert city to be careful around concrete, playground equipment and inside cars as the mercury heads towards at 20 year high.

The National Weather Service said Monday that the official temperature at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was 118 degrees, tying the record for June 19 set a year ago.

A man runs through South Mountain Park at sunrise to avoid the excessive heat in Phoenix. Temperatures will be up to 30 degrees lower at the coast compared to inland areas.

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. Tuesday's forecast for Phoenix included a high of 120 degrees, and the flights that are affected were to take off between 3 and 6 p.m. MT.

As a result, airlines are taking the heat seriously.

In Phoenix, a non-profit group called Phoenix Allies for Community Health (PACH) have put together a campaign called "Heat on the Streets". In fact, Phoenix could approach its all-time record high of 122 degrees set on June 26, 1990.

A Salvation Army hydration station sign gets hit by the midday sun as temperatures climb to near-record highs, Monday, June 19, 2017, in Phoenix. Tuesday's afternoon temperatures are expected to reach 120 degrees, meaning that those planes won't be able to take off or land at Sky Harbor. And with the health dangers of heat and dehydration, that's where authorities hope they keep coming back. The cancellations are for operations by smaller regional jets that have lower maximum operating temperatures than full size jets.

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