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How the heat wave could impact planes, trains, cars and more

By in Press Enterprise on June 20, 2017

By Redlands Daily Facts

It’s hot outside. Really hot.

So hot, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for areas of Southern California, specifically the Inland areas through Wednesday, when temperatures could reach 112 degrees.

Desert communities could experience temperatures as hot as 122 degrees.

As residents hunker down to avoid the heat, we asked experts about common heat-related questions, here’s what they said:

1 Do more bugs take refuge indoors when it’s hot?

“Many bugs do seek shelter inside to escape the extreme heat,” said Michael Greaney, co-owner of DM Pest Control in Chino Hills. “There are a ton of bugs that really thrive in the heat as well. This is like a perfect storm though, with the record rain and now the heat it’s going to be a pretty extreme summer.”

Mosquitoes tend to pop up over summer and have the potential to carry West Nile virus.

San Bernardino County’s Division of Environmental Health Service’s Mosquito and Vector Control Program recommends residents remove all standing water around their property, where mosquitoes can lay eggs; avoid spending time outside at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active; wear loose fitting, light colored clothing that covers feet, arms and legs; apply insect repellent containing DEET and make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.

2 Can flights be grounded if temperatures are too hot?

Flights might be delayed due to triple-digit temperatures, but it’s rare, said Capt. Billy Nolen, senior vice president of safety, security and operations for Airlines for America.

Before taking off, a calculation is done taking into consideration the plane’s load, engine and environmental conditions. Temperature is a component of that, Nolen said.

“There are maximum temperatures set by the manufacturer for takeoffs and landings, so there could be instances and usually if runways are small, where you might have a performance degradation and it may not […]    

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