Heat Wave Claims Three Lives in Arkansas, Two in Memphis

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Pulaski County coroner says three people died yesterday and Sunday as a result of the triple-digit heat wave in Arkansas.

Coroner Mark Malcom says a truck driver working on his rig at a North Little Rock gas station collapsed and died yesterday.  Police say 52-year-old Larry Bonham of Rapid City, South Dakota, was discovered dead outside his truck at a North Little Rock gas station.

On Sunday, officials found the body of 57-year-old Michael Thomas inside a Little Rock home without air conditioning.  The coroner says the man's core body temperature was more than 100 degrees when he was found.

Also Sunday, officials found the body of 44-year-old Jon Jones in the yard outside his Little Rock home.

Malcom says all the deaths came from exposure to the hot weather blanketing central Arkansas.

Record-breaking temperatures were expected again today for much of the state.  The National Weather Service predicted hot and dry weather with highs in the mid 90s to near 110 in some areas.

A heat advisory will remain in effect for much of the state through Tuesday, while an excessive heat warning was issued for parts of western Arkansas.

With the heat expected to continue, Malcom says he wouldn't be surprised if others succumb to the heat.  Meanwhile, two more people in the Memphis area have died from heat-related causes.  The latest victims were two women found in their homes over the weekend.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)