UK Royal Air Force halts flights at Brize Norton base due to heatwave

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A RAF Voyager plane carrying military personnel prepares to take off at the RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain's Royal Air Force said on Monday aircraft were using alternative airfields to its Brize Norton air base due to extreme temperatures, after Sky News reported the hot weather had melted the runway at the Oxfordshire base.

Sky, citing a military source, earlier said the RAF had halted flights in and out of the base. Britain is forecast to hit record temperatures on Monday.

"During this period of extreme temperature flight safety remains the RAF’s top priority, so aircraft are using alternative airfields in line with a long-established plan. This means there is no impact on RAF operations," the Royal Air Force said of flights at RAF Brize Norton, in a statement posted on Twitter by the Ministry of Defence.

(Reporting by Muvija M and Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Kate Holton and Alistair Smout)

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