Wednesday, June 28, 2017

It's so hot in the Southwest U.S. that some planes can't take off

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The heat in the Southwest United States is building to a peak on Tuesday and Wednesday, with everything from power disruptions to flight cancellations expected as humans and machinery fall apart in this extreme weather. 


Phoenix, Arizona will make a run at its all-time highest temperature of 122 degrees Fahrenheit, with a forecast high of around 120 degrees. If the high reaches at least 120 degrees, it would be the hottest temperature seen in that city since 1995. 


Out of 11,059 days since summer records began in Phoenix in 1896, the city has only seen 15 days with a high temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Notably, all but one of these days have been since 1989, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). 


While the city is known for its dry heat and summertime monsoon thunderstorms, the current heat wave is, for lack of a technical meteorological term, bonkers. 


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