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26 June 2017, 08:17 | Laverne Osborne
Company spokesman Ross Feinstein told AFP the flights were run by two regional partners - Skywest and Mesa - which operate smaller airplanes that can not take off when temperatures reach a certain level.
The weather service has issued an excessive heat warning for the rest of the week.
It could be worse: Death Valley could see 124 degrees Tuesday.
As far north as San Francisco, residents were advised to avoid strenuous activities in the heat, if possible, and don't leave kids or pets in vehicles.
Forecasters are also predicting a high of 116 degrees in Las Vegas and tourists are being warned to be careful outside and to stay alert.
Phoenix has hit 120 only three times in recorded history.
American Airlines canceled more than four dozen flights in and out of Phoenix Monday due to operational concerns over extremely high temperatures in the desert city. According to a company statement, American Eagle regional flights using the Bombardier CRJ aircraft, which has a maximum operating temperature of 118 degrees, were canceled. Some of the airline's bigger jets, however, have maximum operating temperatures of 127 degrees and remained unaffected by this week's high temperatures. The hotter the air gets, the more it expands and the less dense it becomes.
Part of why the country has been experiencing extremely high temperatures lately revolves around the fact that climate change is affecting the planet more than ever over recent years. Toss in ground temperatures racing past 110 degrees "and things begin to break down". "And let's not forget the effects on ground support equipment and, of course, the people working outside", Smith said.
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