Dangerous Heat Wave Hits the West

Forty million people are under heat warnings as temperatures soar above 120 degrees.
2:56 | 06/20/16

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All right, now we have some serious news, deadly heat, it's a heat wave in the west and southwest, 40 million people are under a heat warning. As temperatures soar above 120 degrees. ABC's Neal Karlinsky is in Phoenix this morning. Good morning to you, Neal. Reporter: Amy, good morning. Not long before you start to feel it's already over 90 degrees. Later today this playground will be way too hot to touch. The conditions here seriously dangerous. This morning, the west is boiling over, a dangerous combination of excessive heat warnings and wildfires baking the region. In Arizona and California, the extreme heat leaving firefighters with an unpredictable and dangerous forecast. Overnight, firefighters working tirelessly to engs ting wish a fire erupting just outside of Los Angeles. Fire department taking to the skies taking on a fire encroaching on the city. Phoenix, reaching a scorching triple digits. In Arizona, the heat turning deadly, claiming four lives. We have had over a hundred calls of heat-related emergencies. Reporter: We surveyed the temperatures on the ground around Phoenix. This slide is 185 degrees right now. 171 on this swing. Careful with the door handle. Out in the sun, 146 degrees. Remarkably even airplanes have been affected. Airlines delaying some flights, at 120 degrees, the air creates lift problems for planes. At least one flight forced to turn back around to Houston the pilot saying it was too hot to land. The warnings here today, stay indoors and stay hydrated. We certainly are. Amy. Wow, incredible, Neal. Thank you so much. Lot of people want to know how long this is going to last. Let's head to ginger with what's next in the deadly summer weather. Ginger is in San bell island, Florida. Reporter: Some of the Numbers, yuma, Arizona, topped at 120. Phoenix had its fifth hottest temperature, 118, only done that ten times in recorded history. Here's the answer to your question, the excessive heat warnings are on for at least the next 24 hours. If you're coastal, it will get a little cooler. Look at the highs today, yuma at 115. Vegas, 115. When heat sticks around not only day overnight, 110 Phoenix. This could become still dangerous and deadly. Much more later on why I'm here in sanibel, island. The race for the white house

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