Southwest celebrates first day of summer with heat wave

It's so hot in Phoenix, planes can't take off

In Phoenix, Arizona, state weather service forecast the mark 120 degrees in the desert city along with unsafe heat waves that can cause health hazards in the region along with the whole southwestern part of the country.

"Some of the highest temperatures of the year can be recorded before the onset of the summer monsoon", Dolce said. The National Weather Service is anticipating temperatures to soar to about 120 degrees in Phoenix. Las Vegas was forecast to hit 117 (47 Celsius) on Tuesday on the first day of summer, and excessive heat warnings cover nearly all of California. It comes as researchers say deadly heat waves like this one are going to grow more frequent.

Wunderground Weather Historian Christopher C. Burt has revealed that temperatures in Phoenix had crossed the 120 degrees mark thrice - twice in 1990 and once in 1995. It also said, the flight changes are free of charge. American uses Bombardier CRJ regional aircraft for these flights. Today, American Airlines made a decision to cancel 50 flights out of Phoenix's Skyway International Airport due to the heat. In fact, larger jets such as Boeing and Airbus will not be affected by the heat of this week.

Two outbound flights to Phoenix from the Santa Barbara Airport have been canceled due to extreme blanketing the region.

Trivett is keeping a close eye on the weather in Phoenix, hoping her connecting flight won't be canceled. The temperature in Tucson, Ariz., was 116 degrees, one degree short of its historic record.

Death Valley, California, reached 127 Tuesday and Palm Springs hit 122, tying the degree for the same day previous year.

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The National Park Service cautioned tourists there about the "EXTREME SUMMER HEAT" in a warning on its website.

Authorities warned about the dangers of heat illness and urged people to be vigilant about not leaving pets or children inside a auto for any time at all.

Arizona has been experiencing extreme heat lately, even when compared to usual weather conditions in the state in late June.

Phoenix hit 118 degrees Monday, tying the record for the date set a year ago.

Almost 50 flights out of Phoenix, Ariz. were cancelled Tuesday thanks to scorching temperatures across the southwestern United States. Running a fan through wet material can actually act like an air conditioner when the humidity is this low! All eyes will be on Phoenix, which is ground zero for the heat wave.

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