The first eight months of 2012 have been the hottest ever recorded in the continental U.S., according to the National Climatic Data Center. Check out some of the ways the extreme heat has affected the U.S.
The extreme heat caused a U.S. Airways plane to get stuck in the tarmac at Reagan National Airport on July 6, 2012. The temperature reached 100 degrees in Washington on that day, which apparently softened the airport paving enough to immobilize the airplane, reported the Washington Post.
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