Southwestern Part Of The USA Suffering From Heat Waves Causing Health Hazards

Cameron Gross
June 26, 2017

Temperatures in Las Vegas hit 117 degrees this afternoon.

The south western American city is experiencing an oppressive heat wave this week, with the temperature reaching 119 degrees Fahrenheit.

The National Weather Service said the heat wave resulted from a high-pressure system camped over the Four Corners region where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona meet.

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The heatwave gripping the West is so intense that people in Arizona are being warned to be careful around concrete and playground equipment because touching them could cause second and third-degree burns. But "temperatures are expected to be above 110 degrees for the next week". On Tuesday it was hot enough to ground some planes.

The National Weather Service has described the heat wave as "rare, dangerous, and very possibly deadly". The extreme heat led the operator of California's power grid to call on people to conserve electricity during peak hours. And if it tries to land when the air is too thin and hot, that's not good either because it can run out of runway, McNally said. "Fortunately for them, many of their long-haul flights arrive and depart in the dead of night, when it's marginally cooler, but they have much to lose if summer temperatures, which already push 120 degrees routinely, begin getting warmer on a routine basis".

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The highest temperature Phoenix has ever experienced is 122 degrees, recorded on June 26, 1990, according to David Harwell, a spokesman for the Phoenix city government's aviation department.

Jennifer Boushy, left, and Jennifer Rellinger, right, cool off their dogs in water at a dog park, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Las Vegas.

The only popular spots were under water sprays and misters outside some of the big casinos, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Meteorologists have issued an excessive heat warning for Phoenix and other parts of Arizona until Sunday evening. Hot and dry air, combined with gusty winds, could allow a mere spark to quickly become a major wildfire. Two firefighters in California had to be treated for heat-related injuries.

A study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that "around 30% of the world's population is now exposed to climatic conditions exceeding (a) deadly threshold for at least 20 days a year".

Experts say hot air affects engine output and increases the required plane speed and runway length for takeoff - and since the CRJ, a Canadian plane, has not been tested under those conditions, it hasn't been verified as safe in temperatures above 118 degrees.

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