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Cheering 1st day of summer? Not in Phoenix when 120 expected

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Melinda Barton | 29 June, 2017, 09:12

The first day of summer broughtsome of the worst heat the south-west U.S. has seen in years, forcing flights to be canceled, straining the power grid and making life miserable for workers toiling in temperatures that could reach 120F in Phoenix.

"Extreme heat affects a plane's ability to take off".

Several southwest cities are hitting record highs - Las Vegas hit 117 degrees, Phoenix hit 119 degrees, Palm Springs hit 121 degrees - and that put first responders like the Border Patrol on high alert.

The forecast called for a high of 120 degrees (49 degrees Celsius) in Phoenix, which has hit 120 only three times in recorded history.

American Airlines and other carriers at Phoenix Sky Harbor are not planning on cancelling any other flights due to heat related reasons this week as temperatures are expected to drop to 116F (47C).

"Now people are like desperate - they do and pay anything to get them fixed", said Alan Schwandt of Alan's Air.

Almost 50 American Airlines regional airline flights scheduled to take off from Sky Harbor International Airport were cancelled after temperatures were forecast to top 120 degrees, according to The Arizona Republic and the National Weather Service. However, the American Airlines' planes, the Bombardier CRJ, is only cleared to take off with an exterior temperature of 118 degrees. Today's heat wave is expected to break by Sunday, when the valley of the sun returns to a normal 105 degrees.

Dr. Teresa Wu said emergency room patients she often sees include the elderly and people who have heart conditions, high blood pressure and kidney, liver and gastrointestinal problems.

The heat wave comes amid new research findings that almost 1 in 3 people now experience 20 days a year when the heat reaches deadly levels. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there were about 1,300 deaths from exposure to excessive natural heat from 2005 to 2015.

Benjamin R. Greene collapsed Tuesday evening shortly after running the race in 107-degree heat at a Bakersfield park. Ruiz said they had been working since 5:30am and had to finish putting down a layer of felt in case of monsoon rain.

At the Flamingo, which is famous for its flocks of birds that wander between the pool and the casino in a wildlife habitat area, officials were monitoring the animals to see how they were coping in the heat.

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.

Children cool off while attending the Don Bosco Center's summer program for at-risk middle school children in Manassas, Virginia, June 19, 2017.

Hot, dry weather is expected to continue through the week, with forecast highs in Durango in the low 90s - but likely falling short of breaking records.

And it was so hot that at least 50 flights have been cancelled this week at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.