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More ice, please: 25 years ago, Phoenix endured record 122 degrees

It’s been exactly 25 years since thermometers in the Valley got a workout like no other.

On June 26, 1990, the temperature hit 122 degrees, making it the hottest day ever in Phoenix.

Sky Harbor Airport had no idea how planes on the shimmering tarmac would take the heat — there wasn’t any information on how they’d operate in that kind of heat, so activity was halted for a few hours.

As hot as 122 degrees is, it actually doesn’t melt much of anything or cause spontaneous human combustion. Yay!

We looked up how hot things have to get before they start burning or melting and honestly, 122 is nothing.