Fifth Death in Arkansas Blamed on Heat

AUGUST 24, 2006 - Posted at 7:58 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State health officials have confirmed a fifth death related to the summer heat.

The person was not identified but the state Department of Health and Human Services says the victim was an adult who lived in northwest Arkansas.

Temperatures reached 100 degrees or higher many times in July and August.  Yesterday was considerably cooler with afternoon temperatures in the 70s and 80s across the state.  Today's temperatures are expected to be in the upper 80s and lower 90s.

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