Heat Wave in Phoenix Causing Dozens of Flight Cancellations

By Paul Riegler on 21 June 2017
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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

As the worst heat wave in the Southwest in decades continues, with excessive heat warnings from Arizona to California, people are scrambling to stay cool.

The temperature in Phoenix hit a record-tying 118° F (47.8° C) Monday and temperatures are expected to stay in this range for the remainder of the week.

The forecast for Wednesday there, the first official day of summer, is “sunny and hot, with a high near 117,” according to the National Weather Service.

Dozens of flights have been cancelled so far this week at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as a result of the high temperatures. The cancellations impacted American’s regional carrier, American Eagle, because it operates Bombardier CRJ aircraft that can only operate at temperatures of 118° F or below.

A total of 50 flights were cancelled Monday and Tuesday and further cancellations are expected throughout the week.

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