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Maricopa County epidemiologist Kate Goodin said since the heat wave began, twice as many people have visited emergency departments for heat-related illnesses compared to the week beforehand.Goodin said she expects emergency visits will remain above average even after temperatures dip back down because symptoms of heat-related illnesses can take up to four days to manifest.
Phoenix has seen record-breaking temperatures for the past month and meteorologists said the normal high temperature for July 7 in Phoenix is 107 degrees.Officials from the Arizona Burn Center said their emergency department visits also doubled last week. Kevin Foster, director of the Arizona Burn Center, said this June is the busiest the center has seen in 18 years.Foster said the center has had 20 percent to 30 percent more patients this June compared to last.Maricopa County Department of Public Health officials are now investigating heat as a possible factor in 60 deaths in metro Phoenix, according to ABC 15.Maricopa County, the state's largest municipality, saw 130 heat deaths last year, up from 85 in 2015.American Airlines canceled more than 43 flights in Phoenix operated by regional jets because of the heat.
Officials said when the temperature soars, it's harder for airplanes to take off.
Trash bins were melting in the middle of the street, cacti were wilting and an once sturdy mailbox was nearly in a puddle.
Some even cooked meat and eggs in the extreme heat.
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So far this year, the temperature at the local Sky Harbor Airport has reached at least 110 degrees 17 times.