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No Relief in Sight
More Than 10 Deaths Blamed on Heat
Taking a break from directing traffic, Farmers Branch Police Lt. J.S. Ashabranner uses a towel he keeps in an ice chest to cool off in Farmers Branch, Texas, July 17. Temperatures climbed past 100 for the seventh day in a row in North Texas.
(LM Otero/AP Photo)
A deadly, relentless heat wave continues to bake the Southern tier of the United States, and theres no end in sight.
Record heat is forecast again for today across the South. On Tuesday, temperatures climbed past 100 for the seventh day in north Texas, where at least 12 deaths are blamed on the heat.
Hotspots in Alabama were Tuscaloosa and Evergreen, where the temperature reached 101 degrees. The mercury edged past 100 in Tuscaloosa at about 5 p.m. making it a record 14th straight day that the temperature in the west Alabama town had broken the century mark.
Temperatures of 100 degrees were reported in Montgomery and Dothan.
The summertime heat wave has been blamed for the deaths of 12 Texas residents, seven in Houston. In Louisiana, five deaths were being investigated as possibly heat related.
When the humidities are so high, its more difficult for evaporation to occur in your body and therefore, your body cant cool and thats how you accelerate into heat exhaustion and in extreme cases, heat strokes, says Weather Channel meteorologist John Erdman.
Drought Conditions Concern Farmers
The heat has been especially tough on farmers who are also grappling with persistant drought conditions.
The crops that are up and growing you can see the heat just each day, they wilt down and dont grow, says eastern Colorado farmer Lynn Shook.
No relief is expected anytime soon, creating fear that the worst is yet to come.
Its so much drier for this time of year that its frightening to think what may be in August, says Colorado sheep farmer Bea Lowell.
The hot weather and little rain is also adding to concerns about dwindling water resources.
More than 120 towns and cities in Texas are under water restrictions because of drought conditions. Residents in Throckmorton are racing to get a 14-mile water pipeline in place before the towns sole water supply dries up, likely in about two months.
In drought-withered Alabama, forestry officials took the rare step of banning outdoor burning. All 67 Alabama counties have been declared federal disaster areas by Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman.
ABCNEWS Radio and The Associated Press contributed to this report.