Buckling tracks? Another hot day could cause SunRail delays again

Trains traveling at reduced speeds on Friday

ORLANDO, Fla. – With another hot day Friday, SunRail announced it would again reduce traveling speeds due to extreme temperatures, a move made due to the possibility of buckling tracks.

The commuter rail said trains could be delayed throughout the entire SunRail corridor until 7 p.m. due to the high heat.

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Intense heat can cause steel railroad tracks to expand and buckle under extra stress. Trains reduce their speeds to put less force on the tracks, Business Insider reported.

Meteorologist Jonathan Kegges said the heat index at noon Friday was 105 to 115 degrees area-wide, as humidity worsens feels like temperatures. All of Central Florida is currently under a heat advisory.

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