American Airlines stated that this led to the cancellation of flights carried out by aircraft models like the Bombardier CRJ aircraft, which is used in shorter routes.
The local temperature in Phoenix was expected to hit 120 degrees on Tuesday, just shy of the city's all-time high of 122 degrees on June 26, 1990. The flight changes would be free of charge. In addition, United had to delay one of its flights, an Embraer 175.
A heatwave is sweeping America's southwest this week, with weather authorities warning residents temperatures could reach as high as 49 degrees Celsius in Phoenix, Arizona. Airlines can use other strategies for dealing with limitations on the planes during hot weather, including reducing the amount of luggage and cargo and not fueling completely to make the plane lighter for takeoff.
It's been 120 three times, the last time 22 years ago.
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Temperatures are expected to ease by 3 to 4 degrees tomorrow and drop further in later in the week.
Death Valley, California, reached 125 Tuesday and Palm Springs hit 121, still a degree lower than the same day a year ago. Temps might climb to 127 in the aptly-named Death Valley.
The National Weather Service in Las Vegas says the record was tied at 4:07 p.m. Tuesday. And the pavement can burn the paws of pets.
Arizona has been experiencing extreme heat lately, even when compared to usual weather conditions in the state in late June.
"On the concrete, it is 168 degrees", Sharif says.
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Almost 50 flights out of Phoenix, Ariz. were cancelled Tuesday thanks to scorching temperatures across the southwestern United States.
"Over higher terrain areas of Arizona, scattered thunderstorms will produce very little rain but strong winds", according to the latest statement from the NWS Phoenix office. Some of the highest temperatures of the year can be recorded before the onset of the summer monsoon.
Brooks told the Desert Sun newspaper he didn't think lunch would be worth it, and he was hitting himself for leaving his home in nearby Cathedral City where he can stay in the air conditioning. All eyes will be on Phoenix, which is ground zero for the heat wave.
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