Heatwave Grounds Dozens Of US Flights

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The National Weather Service is warning of excessive heat for the southwestern United States, grounding nearly 50 flights out of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Ariz., according to Arizona Central.

American Airlines is the only company to report cancelations so far. The company’s regional fleet uses Bombardier CRJ aircraft that aren’t built to operate in temperatures above 118 degrees Fahrenheit, a statement given to the Arizona Republic said.

Temperatures in Phoenix are expected to hit a record 120 degrees Fahrenheit Tuesday, tying the third hottest day in Phoenix in recorded history. The temperature is expected to remain at 115 degrees and higher for the rest of the week.

The National Weather Service is warning Phoenix locals to take care in the extreme heat by carrying extra water and checking on the elderly.

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