It’s so dang hot in Phoenix that some planes can’t fly — and that’s impacting one American Airlines flight that was supposed to fly into SLO this evening.
Three other flights departing from Phoenix to SLO are still scheduled to arrive, according to the airport. The first flight from Phoenix arrived at 12:29 p.m., the second will arrive at 3:35 p.m. and the third will come in at 9:52 p.m.
But the flight that was supposed to arrive at 6:29 p.m. isn’t going to make it.
Temperatures in Phoenix are expected to peak between 3 and 6 p.m., with the high on Tuesday forecast to be 120 degrees.
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American Airlines canceled nearly 40 Phoenix flights operated by regional jets because of Tuesday’s heat. The airline also said it will allow Phoenix passengers flying during the peak heat Monday through Wednesday to change flights without a fee.
American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said the smaller regional jets flown by its partners can’t operate once the temperature hits 118. That maximum is set by Bombardier, the manufacturer.
Larger airliners made by Boeing and Airbus have higher maximum operating temperatures, but airlines still need to closely monitor the weight of the jets during the heat.
The last time the city reached 120 was in 1995. A notorious heat wave in 1990 brought consecutive days at 120 degrees, including the record of 122.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.