The first day of summer is forecast to bring some of the worst heat the southwestern U.S. has seen in years.
The forecast calls for 119 degrees in Phoenix, where some flights have been cancelled because certain planes can’t take off in extreme heat.
If you are wondering why some planes are grounded in this heat, the Arizona Republic explained it like this.
According to a statement from American Airlines, the American Eagle regional flights use the Bombardier CRJ aircraft, which has a maximum operating temperature of 118 degrees. Tuesday’s forecast for Phoenix includes a high of 120 degrees, and the flights that are affected were to take off between 3 and 6 p.m.
Larger jets that fly out of Sky Harbor have higher maximum operating temperatures: Boeing, 126 degrees, and Airbus, 127 degrees, American Airlines said in a press release. Aircraft made from those manufacturers dominate the industry and are commonly flown by airlines that serve Phoenix.
Although it might be a few ticks cooler in Tucson over the next few days than it is in Phoenix, it’s not enough to get chilly about. KVOA-TV in Tucson wrote, “Daytime highs will hover between 109-115 degrees all the way through this weekend with Excessive Heat Warnings in effect through Saturday, so make sure to limit your time outdoors this week and stay hydrated.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) website pointed out that nearly 2,000 people go to hospital emergency rooms every year with heat related illnesses. So, the ADHS offered up a number of tips to help Arizonans stay healthy during this heat wave.
- Drink water.
- Dress for the heat.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Slow down.
- Stay indoors when possible.
- Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days.
The record high temperatures may also cause air quality issues in some parts of our state. Tucson.com wrote:
“The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality has issued an air quality advisory for ground-level air pollution.
Individuals who are especially sensitive to air pollution may experience shortness of breath, coughing, throat irritation, wheezing and breathing discomfort…”
Let us know what you’re doing to try to stay cool and ride out this heat wave. Driving meaningful conversations around the stories making headlines in our state is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!