'I thought it was too dangerous to go outside,' said Janice McClure. 'If you had a death wish that was definitely your lucky day.' (Source: CBS 5 News)
Pat Mahoney said he was working on a warehouse roof when the temperature hit the all-time high of 122 degrees. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Do you remember the hottest day in Phoenix history?
It was on June 26, 1990, a day not easily forgotten as the mercury hit an all-time high temperature of 122 degrees.
"I was in my office meeting with some people who were in from out of town, who got the word they couldn't fly back to San Diego because it was too hot to depart from the airport," said Mike, who gave only his first name. "It was incredible. They were very depressed."
He said he thinks he tried to make it up to them by going to a bar.
"I think I was inside where it was cool," said Janice McClure. "I thought it was too dangerous to go outside. If you had a death wish that was definitely your lucky day."
Pat Mahoney said he was working on a warehouse roof.
"My head was just sweltering. It was one of those days I couldn't believe," Mahoney said.
"The guy I was on the roof for made T-shirts and when I got down, I guess he felt so sorry for me that he gave me a T-shirt with a skeleton guy that said. 'You Survived 122 degrees' or something like that."
Stefan Mackos was a student at Arizona State University riding his bike to a summer class.
"It felt good," he said. "It felt like a blow dryer. It's a unique thing, it was extremely warm, but that's all."
Moses Munoz moved to Phoenix from the San Francisco Bay area a week later. "I didn't have a choice," he said. "I came here with my mother. I came here with a pair of jeans and sweatshirt on and realized I was going to die. She now lives on Montana."
Karen Pettit said she "embraced it. For four months it's great and the rest of the year it's stupendous. I remember the airport was closed."
She was right: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport actually shut down for part of the day because airport officials didn't have airline performance charts for temperatures that high.
The airport now has the charts updated so if the Valley hits that temperature again, take offs and landings will continue.
Phoenix reached 121 degrees on July 28, 1995, and 120 degrees on June 25, 1995. It hit 119 degrees in Phoenix on June 29, 2013.
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