Thousands Of US Travellers Face Flight Cancellation Over July Fourth Weekend

By: Dan Cooper

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Americans today begin a long weekend leading up to Independence Day with more than a thousand canceled flights, thousands of airport delays, and exceptionally high temperatures forecast from the southwest to the south and rain in the center and northeast.

As of Friday afternoon, 1,243 flights had been canceled in the United States and 28,518 had experienced airport delays, according to FlightAware data. The numbers of travelers using airlines have returned to levels prior to the covid-19 pandemic.

But travelers did not expect that there is a shortage of air traffic controllers, currently there are about 1,200 fewer than 10 years ago. for local television station ABC. “So if something happens somewhere it can have an impact on what happens here, even if we have a normal operation at this airport,” he added.

Added to the problem at airports are weather conditions and persistent smoke rising from wildfires in Canada that has blotted out blue skies across much of the northeast from the Great Lakes to Virginia.

High temperatures will affect much of the country, the National Weather Service (NWS) warned that the temperature can reach 46 degrees Celsius (115 Fahrenheit) on Sunday and Monday in Phoenix (Arizona), 39 Celsius (102 F) in Memphis (Tennessee), and 40 Celsius (103 ) in Dallas (Texas).

The Channel noted that heat precautions will be necessary due to rising temperatures from the Southwest to the Mississippi Basin, warning that the South will start the weekend with temperatures much higher than average for this season.

The forecast includes sporadic rains over a vast region stretching from Nebraska in the west to Louisiana in the south and Maine in the northeast, with heavier precipitation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

For its part, the American Automobile Club (AAA) has calculated that more than 50 million people, an unprecedented number, will travel more than 80 kilometers by land on these holidays, and warned that the busiest hours will occur this Friday.

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