By now, you may have heard it’s pretty hot in Phoenix... The National Weather Service extended its excessive heat warning to Saturday and temperatures this week are expected to be record-breaking.
Phoenicians consider the heat to be just a nuisance, but when the heat is excessive it can become a little more serious than that. Some Valley businesses are making changes to their services to accommodate for the hot weather. The heat can impact your plans this week in ways you may not expect.
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American Airlines has canceled 20 flights scheduled to arrive or depart Sky Harbor Airport Tuesday. Furthermore, the airline recommends changing your flight if its scheduled today, tomorrow or Wednesday during the hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. to avoid any flight disruptions that may be caused by the heat. The airline is allowing customers to change flights with no fee attached.
If you’ve ever been to Dutch Bros, you are familiar with their unique way of taking orders in the drive-thru line. Usually, an employee will stand outside, taking customer orders on a mobile phone to expedite the drive-thru process. The coffee company announced via Facebook they will not be sending employees outside today through Wednesday between the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The company acknowledged this will most likely add to the wait-time.
Total Wine is halting all shipping orders in the Valley during the excessive heat warning, to protect the “integrity” of the purchase, the company said. In-store pickup will still be an option.
The City of Phoenix Park Rangers advise not hiking during triple-digit temperatures. Pets are prohibited on all city hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. According to the parks and recreation department, more than 200 hikers are rescued from city desert and mountain parks each year.
Arizona Animal Welfare League
AAWL announced it will close its doors Tuesday due to the extreme heat so those who work or volunteer at the shelter can "focus on distributing cooling mats, ice treats, kennel games and monitoring kennel temperatures between short, supervised bathroom breaks to its dogs."
According to a release, this will mark the second time in the shelter’s 46 years that excessive heat has been the reason for closure.
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park announced on Facebook that the giraffe feeding station, the kangaroo walkabout and all rides will be closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
It’s easier for some people to adjust to the heat, or even avoid it, but there are special populations in the Valley that are affected by the heat on a more regular basis. Consider looking for ways to help people and animals who can’t escape the high temperatures.
Central Arizona Shelter Services
The downtown Phoenix shelter is asking for donations to its Heat Relief Campaign to help provide beds, bottled water and a place to escape the heat for the homeless this summer. According to CASS, a $100 donation can provide shelter to 5 individuals.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control
The county animal shelters need alternative cooling methods for the 700 dogs that are up for adoption. Plastic wading pools, bandanas and cooling towels and pads can be donated to the county’s Phoenix and Mesa locations.
Know of any other Valley business affected by the heat? Let us know!
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