Four people have died from the unprecedented heat in the U.S. Southwest, media reports said, where the considerably high temperatures have led to cancelled flights and forced residents to stay indoors.
The first two victims to lose their lives affected by the high temperatures, who were identified as a 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman, died on Monday in Santa Clara County, California, south of San Francisco. One of the two was a homeless person who was found dead in a car, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
“It is tragic when someone dies of hyperthermia since in most every case it could have been prevented.” Dr. Michelle Jorden of the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office told the newspaper.
“Hyperthermia and heat stress happen when a body’s heat-regulation system cannot handle the heat. It can happen to anyone, which is why it is so important to be in a cool location, drink plenty of water and take a cool bath or shower if you are getting too hot.” Jorden said.
Four Corners region where Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona intersect have witnessed the extremely high temperatures.
The bodies of a Texas 57-year-old father and his 21-year-old son were found this week in the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, where they went hiking and did not check out from their hotel rooms and did not respond to the mother and wife’s calls, media reported.
New Mexico State Police told NBC that the temperatures soared past 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius), which caused the deaths of the men.
The National Weather Service and local authorities issued a warning and declared state emergency, advising resident to stay indoors and drink much of water while they are outside.
The extremely high temperature led to the cancellation of over 20 flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and delays at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas as thin air blunts power from airline engines.