State Records Third Heat-Related Death

AUGUST 3, 2006 - Posted at 11:42 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State officials say Arkansas has recorded its third heat-related death of the summer.  A heat wave over the state is expected to push temperatures to the 100-degree mark in parts of Arkansas today.

The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services today confirmed the third heat-related death.  Spokesman Ann Wright says the victim was from central Arkansas and "elderly."  Wright said she was not allowed to release any other information on the victim.

The sweltering heat was responsible for at least a dozen deaths in the East and Midwest this week and was blamed for as many as 164 deaths last month in California.

The National Weather Service says there is a slight chance of precipitation today and Friday, with the best chances for rain moving in Sunday.

The heat isn't expected to break until a front moves through overnight tonight and pushes Friday temperatures down.

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