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By the time you get to Phoenix, it could be 120 degrees

Heat waves ripple across the tarmac at Sky Harbor International Airport as downtown Phoenix stands in the background as an airplane lands, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Phoenix.
Heat waves ripple across the tarmac at Sky Harbor International Airport as downtown Phoenix stands in the background as an airplane lands, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Phoenix. AP

A heat wave is baking the Sacramento region, but it could be worse. You could be in Phoenix.

The National Weather Service there is a reporting record-breaking 119 degrees Tuesday afternoon in Arizona’s state capital, three degrees higher than the record of 116 degrees for June 20 set last year.

Phoenix has reached 120 degrees or higher only three times since 1896, the weather service reports.

According to CSNBC, it’s so hot in Phoenix that dozens of flights at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport were delayed or canceled on Monday and Tuesday.

The heat is especially affecting flights on smaller aircraft, particularly flights on Bombardier CRJ planes, an American Airlines spokesman told CSNBC.

American Airlines contracts regional flights under the American Eagle name to Mesa Airlines and SkyWest, which fly the Bombardier CRJ planes to and from Phoenix. On average, American Eagle has 90 departures and 90 arrivals daily, the American Airlines representative said in an email to CNBC.

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